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Swimming at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyogijo, Shibuya, Tokyo
Date Started: October 13, 1964
Date Finished: October 14, 1964

Gold: USA United States
Silver: GER Germany
Bronze: AUS Australia

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold WR
2 Germany GER Silver
3 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Japan JPN
5 Sweden SWE
6 Soviet Union URS
7 Great Britain GBR
AC r2/2 France FRA DQ
4 h1 r1/2 Hungary HUN
5 h1 r1/2 Netherlands NED
6 h1 r1/2 Mexico MEX
6 h2 r1/2 Canada CAN
7 h2 r1/2 Peru PER