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Swimming at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Swimming Stadium, Roma
Date Started: August 31, 1960
Date Finished: September 1, 1960

Gold: USA Chris von Saltza
Silver: SWE Jane Cederqvist
Bronze: NED Tineke Lagerberg
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The world record had been broken twice in the Olympic year, first by Ilsa Konrads at Sydney in February with 4:45.4, and then by Chris von Saltza of the USA at the US Trials in Detroit in August, posting 4:44.5. They both won their heats, with von Saltza’s time of 4:53.6 the fastest by almost six seconds. She easily won the gold medal, pulling out to an early lead, and holding on in the last lap as Sweden’s Jane Cederqvist, the 800 metre world record holder, finished strongly for the silver medal. The bronze went to [Catharina Lagerberg] of the Netherlands, with Konrads fading and finishing fourth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Chris von Saltza 16 United States USA Gold OR
2 Jane Cederqvist 15 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Tineke Lagerberg 19 Netherlands NED Bronze
4 Ilsa Konrads 16 Australia AUS
5 Dawn Fraser 22 Australia AUS
6 Nan Rae 16 Great Britain GBR
7 Corrie Schimmel 21 Netherlands NED
8 Bibbi Segerström 17 Sweden SWE
3 h2 r1/2 Héda Frost 23 France FRA
4 h1 r1/2 Gisela Weiß 16 Germany GER
4 h2 r1/2 Carolyn House 15 United States USA
4 h3 r1/2 Ursel Brunner 19 Germany GER
5 h1 r1/2 Judy Samuel 17 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r1/2 Hillary Wilson 15 Zimbabwe ZIM
5 h3 r1/2 Welleda Veschi 17 Italy ITA
6 h1 r1/2 Paola Saini 14 Italy ITA
6 h2 r1/2 María Luisa Souza 18 Mexico MEX
6 h3 r1/2 Mária Frank 16 Hungary HUN
7 h1 r1/2 Kimiko Ezaka 16 Japan JPN
7 h2 r1/2 Sigrid Müller 17 Austria AUT
7 h3 r1/2 Blanca Barrón 26 Mexico MEX
8 h1 r1/2 Eiko Wada 21 Japan JPN