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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


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 Rhodesia RHO
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