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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


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.

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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