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Swimming at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Swimming Stadium, Roma
Date Started: August 26, 1960
Date Finished: August 29, 1960

Gold: AUS Dawn Fraser
Silver: USA Chris von Saltza
Bronze: GBR Natalie Steward

Summary

Dawn Fraser had won this event in Melbourne and had not lost a 100 freestyle in the ensuing four years, setting the last five world records, the most recent being 1:00.2 set in Sydney in February. The American hope was Chris von Saltza, distantly descended from Swedish royalty, but she was given little chance to defeat Fraser. Von Saltza had the fastest time in the heats with 1:01.9, Fraser winning her heat easily in 1:02.1, but in the semis Fraser posted 1:01.4 to CVS’s 1:02.5, as they qualified 1-2 for the final. The final was not close as Fraser won comfortably in 1:01.2, von Saltza taking the silver medal in 1:02.8. Fraser would return in 1964 at Tokyo to win the event for a third consecutive time, the first Olympic swimmer to pull off that feat. Von Saltza would sparkle in Rome, winning the 400 freestyle and two relay gold medals, for four Olympic medals in all.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Dawn Fraser 22 Australia AUS Gold OR
2 Chris von Saltza 16 United States USA Silver
3 Natalie Steward 17 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Carolyn Wood 14 United States USA
5 Csilla Madarász-Bajnogel-Dobai 17 Hungary HUN
6 Erica Terpstra 17 Netherlands NED
7 Cocki van Engelsdorp Gastelaars 22 Netherlands NED
8 Mary Beth Stewart 14 Canada CAN
4 h1 r2/3 Ilsa Konrads 16 Australia AUS
5 h1 r2/3 Héda Frost 23 France FRA
6 h1 r2/3 Paola Saini 14 Italy ITA
6 h2 r2/3 Ursel Brunner 19 Germany GER
7 h1 r2/3 Inger Thorngren 17 Sweden SWE
7 h2 r2/3 Katalin Boros 19 Hungary HUN
8 h1 r2/3 Heidi Pechstein 16 Germany GER
8 h2 r2/3 Karin Larsson 18 Sweden SWE
3 h3 r1/3 Diana Wilkinson 16 Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r1/3 Yoshiko Sato 22 Japan JPN
4 h3 r1/3 Margaret Iwasaki 18 Canada CAN
4 h5 r1/3 Marina Shamal 21 Soviet Union URS
5 h1 r1/3 Maria Cristina Pacifici 15 Italy ITA
5 h2 r1/3 Nora Novotny 21 Austria AUT
5 h3 r1/3 Anneliese Rockenbach 17 Venezuela VEN
5 h4 r1/3 Ulvi Voog 23 Soviet Union URS
5 h5 r1/3 Marie-Laure Gaillot 17 France FRA
6 h1 r1/3 Blanca Barrón 26 Mexico MEX
6 h2 r1/3 Ágústa Þorsteinsdóttir 18 Iceland ISL
6 h3 r1/3 Hitomi Jinno 23 Japan JPN
6 h4 r1/3 Haydée Coloso 22 Philippines PHI
6 h5 r1/3 María Luisa Souza 18 Mexico MEX
7 h3 r1/3 Rita Pulido 15 Spain ESP
7 h4 r1/3 Dottie Sutcliffe 13 Zimbabwe ZIM