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Swimming at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Swimming Stadium, Roma
Date Started: August 26, 1960
Date Finished: August 27, 1960

Gold: GBR Anita Lonsbrough
Silver: GER Wiltrud Urselmann
Bronze: GER Barbara Göbel

Summary

This event was unusual in Rome as the favorites were not from the United States or Australia. In 1959 Britain’s Anita Lonsbrough had set the world record with 2:50.3, only to see it bettered in June 1960 by German Wiltrud Urselmann. The event had been changed since the Melbourne Olympics with underwater swimming banned on 30 April 1957, and the times were now slower than they had been previously. The final in Rome was closely fought between the two favorites with Urselmann leading early but Lonsbrough surged in the last 25 metres to come out on top in the world record time of 2:49.5.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Anita Lonsbrough 19 Great Britain GBR Gold WR
2 Wiltrud Urselmann 18 Germany GER Silver
3 Barbara Göbel 17 Germany GER Bronze
4 Ada den Haan 19 Netherlands NED
5 Gretta Kok 15 Netherlands NED
6 Anne Warner 15 United States USA
7 Patty Kempner 18 United States USA
8 Dorrit Kristensen 22 Denmark DEN
2 h1 r1/2 Rosemary Lassig 19 Australia AUS
2 h2 r1/2 Klára Killermann-Bartos 31 Hungary HUN
3 h1 r1/2 Yoshiko Takamatsu 22 Japan JPN
3 h2 r1/2 Barbro Eriksson 16 Sweden SWE
3 h4 r1/2 Elena Zennaro 17 Italy ITA
4 h1 r1/2 Michèle Pialat 18 France FRA
4 h2 r1/2 Amélie Mirkowitch 18 France FRA
4 h4 r1/2 Inge Andersen 16 Denmark DEN
5 h1 r1/2 Eve Maurer 23 Soviet Union URS
5 h2 r1/2 Christl Filippovits 16 Austria AUT
5 h3 r1/2 Christine Gosden 20 Great Britain GBR
5 h4 r1/2 Janet Hogan 15 Australia AUS
6 h1 r1/2 Meg Miners 16 Zimbabwe ZIM
6 h2 r1/2 Lyudmila Korobova 18 Soviet Union URS
6 h3 r1/2 Judith McHale 17 Canada CAN
6 h4 r1/2 Marta Kadlecová 16 Czechoslovakia TCH
7 h1 r1/2 Christl Wöber 17 Austria AUT
7 h2 r1/2 Luciana Marcellini 12 Italy ITA
7 h3 r1/2 Isabel Castañe 14 Spain ESP
7 h4 r1/2 Regina Veloso 21 Portugal POR
8 h1 r1/2 Maya Hungerbühler 17 Switzerland SUI