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Swimming at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Backstroke

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Swimming Stadium, Roma
Date Started: September 1, 1960
Date Finished: September 3, 1960

Gold: USA Lynn Burke
Silver: GBR Natalie Steward
Bronze: JPN Satoko Tanaka


In 1960 the United States’ [Lynn Burke] had broken the world record for this event four times, capped at the US Trials in Detroit, when she bettered it in both the heats and the final, leaving it at 1:09.2 coming into Rome. Heavily favored for the gold medal, she approached the world record in the heats with 1:09.4, and won the final easily in 1:09.3. Burke would win another gold medal in Rome as a member of the winning medley relay team.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lynn Burke 17 United States USA Gold OR
2 Natalie Steward 17 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Satoko Tanaka 18 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Laura Ranwell 18 South Africa RSA
5 Rosy Piacentini 22 France FRA
6 Sylvia Lewis 18 Great Britain GBR
7 Ria van Velsen 17 Netherlands NED
8 Nadine Delache 19 France FRA
2 h2 r1/2 Ethel Ward Petersen 18 Denmark DEN
3 h1 r1/2 Larisa Viktorova 16 Soviet Union URS
3 h2 r1/2 Ingrid Schmidt 15 Germany GER
3 h4 r1/2 Nina Harmer 14 United States USA
4 h1 r1/2 Sara Barber 19 Canada CAN
4 h2 r1/2 Marilyn Wilson 17 Australia AUS
4 h3 r1/2 Helga Schmidt-Neuber 23 Germany GER
4 h4 r1/2 Kirsten Michaelsen 17 Denmark DEN
5 h1 r1/2 Gerganiya Beckitt 19 Australia AUS
5 h2 r1/2 Rini Dobber 17 Netherlands NED
5 h3 r1/2 Magda Dávid 18 Hungary HUN
5 h4 r1/2 Dottie Sutcliffe 13 Rhodesia RHO
6 h1 r1/2 Lynette Cooper 16 Rhodesia RHO
6 h2 r1/2 Liudmyla Klipova 23 Soviet Union URS
6 h3 r1/2 Arletta Faidiga 22 Italy ITA
6 h4 r1/2 Daniela Serpilli 16 Italy ITA
7 h1 r1/2 Anneliese Rockenbach 17 Venezuela VEN
7 h2 r1/2 Doris Gontersweiler-Vetterli 27 Switzerland SUI
7 h3 r1/2 Anne Van Parijs 16 Belgium BEL
7 h4 r1/2 Lore Trittner 27 Austria AUT
8 h1 r1/2 Anna Temesvári 17 Hungary HUN
8 h2 r1/2 Simone Theis 19 Luxembourg LUX