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Swimming at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Swimming Stadium, Roma
Date Started: August 30, 1960
Date Finished: August 31, 1960

Gold: AUS Murray Rose
Silver: JPN Tsuyoshi Yamanaka
Bronze: AUS John Konrads

Summary

The last five world records in this event had been set by Australia’s John Konrads, with four, and Japan’s Tsuyoshi Yamanaka, silver medalist from 1960, with one. Konrads held the current mark with 4:15.9 set in Sydney in February 1960. But the defending champion was Murray Rose and he was back as well. By 1960 Rose and Yamanaka were students at the University of Southern California, both on the swim team there. In the heats Alan Somers of the United States broke the Olympic record with 4:19.2. But he was well back in the final, as Rose won quite easily, outdistancing Yamanaka by over three seconds, as they repeated their 1-2 finish from Melbourne, with Konrads pulling up for the bronze medal in a photo finish over Britain’s Ian Black. In Chicago in 1962, Rose would break Konrads’ world record by posting 4:13.4.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Murray Rose 21 Australia AUS Gold OR
2 Tsuyoshi Yamanaka 21 Japan JPN Silver
3 John Konrads 18 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Ian Black 19 Great Britain GBR
5 Alan Somers 19 United States USA
6 Murray McLachlan 19 South Africa RSA
7 Gene Lenz 23 United States USA
8 Makoto Fukui 20 Japan JPN
2 h1 r1/2 Hans-Joachim Klein 18 Germany GER
2 h2 r1/2 József Katona 18 Hungary HUN
2 h4 r1/2 Aubrey Bürer 21 South Africa RSA
2 h6 r1/2 Mauricio Ocampo 19 Mexico MEX
3 h1 r1/2 Veljko Rogošić 19 Yugoslavia YUG
3 h2 r1/2 Richard Campion 19 Great Britain GBR
3 h3 r1/2 Jerzy Tracz 17 Poland POL
3 h4 r1/2 Paolo Galletti 23 Italy ITA
3 h5 r1/2 Jean-Pascal Curtillet 17 France FRA
3 h6 r1/2 Gerhard Hetz 18 Germany GER
4 h1 r1/2 Tamás Hornyánszky 18 Hungary HUN
4 h2 r1/2 Sven-Göran Johansson 17 Sweden SWE
4 h3 r1/2 Per-Olof Ericsson 22 Sweden SWE
4 h4 r1/2 Milan Jeger 29 Yugoslavia YUG
4 h5 r1/2 Rubén Roca 19 Cuba CUB
4 h6 r1/2 Bana Sailani 22 Philippines PHI
5 h1 r1/2 Helmut Ilk 24 Austria AUT
5 h2 r1/2 Kari Haavisto 19 Finland FIN
5 h3 r1/2 Ilkka Suvanto 17 Finland FIN
5 h4 r1/2 Zakaria Nasution 16 Indonesia INA
5 h5 r1/2 José Cossio 17 Spain ESP
5 h6 r1/2 Jan Lutomski 23 Poland POL
6 h1 r1/2 Karl Fridlin 25 Switzerland SUI
6 h2 r1/2 Jean Pommat 15 France FRA
6 h3 r1/2 Raúl Guzmán 20 Mexico MEX
6 h4 r1/2 Amiram Trauber 21 Israel ISR
6 h5 r1/2 Fong Seow Jit 18 Malaya MAL
6 h6 r1/2 Massimo Rosi 16 Italy ITA
7 h3 r1/2 Eduardo de Sousa 16 Portugal POR
7 h4 r1/2 Robert Chenaux 16 Puerto Rico PUR
7 h6 r1/2 Hans-Ulrich Dürst 21 Switzerland SUI
AC h2 r1/2 Leonid Kolesnikov 23 Soviet Union URS DNF