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Athletics at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres

Athletics at the 1964 Summer Games: Next Summer Games

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): National Stadium, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Date Started: October 15, 1964
Date Finished: October 17, 1964

Gold: AUS Betty Cuthbert
Silver: GBR Ann Packer
Bronze: AUS Judy Amoore-Pollock

Summary

This was the first Olympic 400 metres for women. The world record was held by Dan Shin-Geum of North Korea, but she was ineligible to compete. North Korea had participated at the 1963 Games of the New Emerging Forces (GANEFO), and athletes who had competed there were banned by the IAAF from competing at Tokyo. The favorite was likely Soviet Mariya Itkina who had won the 1958 and 1962 European Championships. Britain's Ann Packer was also highly regarded. She had extra incentive as her fiancé, Robbie Brightwell, had hoped to medal in the men's 400 but placed fourth. Australia's Betty Cuthbert had won gold in the 100, 200, and 4×100 relay at the 1956 Olympic Games, when she was heralded as the "Golden Girl". She was back, now in the 400 metres and her speed had to make the field respect her. In the final Cuthbert bolted to an early lead and was two metres ahead at the halfway point. Packer closed on her over the final straight but Cuthbert held on to win her fourth Olympic gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Betty Cuthbert 26 Australia AUS Gold OR
2 Ann Packer 22 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Judy Amoore-Pollock 24 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Antónia Munkácsi 25 Hungary HUN
5 Mariya Itkina 32 Soviet Union URS
6 Tilly van der Made-van der Zwaard 26 Netherlands NED
7 Gertrud Schmidt 22 Germany GER
8 Évelyne Lebret 26 France FRA
5 h1 r2/3 Joy Grieveson 22 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r2/3 Pat Kippax 23 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r2/3 Una Morris 17 Jamaica JAM
6 h2 r2/3 Janell Smith 17 United States USA
7 h1 r2/3 Margret Buscher 26 Germany GER
7 h2 r2/3 Maeve Kyle 36 Ireland IRL
8 h1 r2/3 Kiyoki Ogawa 17 Japan JPN
5 h3 r1/3 Olga Kazi 23 Hungary HUN
6 h1 r1/3 Stephie D'Souza 27 India IND
6 h3 r1/3 Mary Rajamani 20 Malaysia MAS
7 h1 r1/3 Erna Maisack 22 Germany GER
7 h2 r1/3 Abby Hoffman 17 Canada CAN
7 h3 r1/3 Han Myeong-Hui 18 South Korea KOR
8 h1 r1/3 Ramazangiin Aldaa-nysh 18 Mongolia MGL
8 h2 r1/3 Samroey Charonggool 20 Thailand THA