Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyogijo, Shibuya, Tokyo
Date Started: October 13, 1964
Date Finished: October 14, 1964
The 4 x 100 freestyle relay was new to the Olympic Program in 1964. The Americans were prohibitive favorites and they did not disappoint. Steve Clark led off the USA in 52.9, equalling the world record for the 100 free. Mike Austin and Gary Ilman swam the next two legs and gave Don Schollander a big lead, which seemed secure as he had won the 100 freestyle gold medal, but Hans-Joachim Klein, 100 free bronze medalist, actually outswam Schollander, posting the fastest split of the event in 52.4, to earn Germany the silver medal. Australia was a comfortable third over Japan.