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Swimming at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyogijo, Shibuya, Tokyo
Date Started: October 17, 1964
Date Finished: October 18, 1964

Gold: USA United States
Silver: GER Germany
Bronze: JPN Japan

Summary

The only question in this event was how big the United States’ margin would be, not if they would win. In the heats, the Americans rested all their best swimmers, sending in the B squad, which still posted the fastest qualifying time. In the final, lead-off Steve Clark opened a bodylength lead over Japan’s Makoto Fukui and Roy Saari doubled that on the second leg. Gary Ilman pulled well ahead on the third leg, and Germany moved up to pass the Japanese for second. Don Schollander swam two seconds faster than the posted 200 freestyle world record on the anchor leg as the American recorded a world record of 7:52.1 for a huge world record, and the first time ever under eight minutes, Germany a full 7.2 seconds behind in second place, as they also bettered eight minutes. Japan held onto third place, their bronze medal in this event their only swimming medal of the Tokyo Olympics. Schollander finished his Olympics with four gold medals, the first swimmer ever to win that many at a single Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold WR
2 Germany GER Silver
3 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Australia AUS
5 Sweden SWE
6 France FRA
7 Soviet Union URS
8 Italy ITA
5 h1 r1/2 Canada CAN
5 h2 r1/2 Finland FIN
6 h1 r1/2 Netherlands NED
6 h2 r1/2 Hungary HUN
7 h1 r1/2 Mexico MEX
7 h2 r1/2 Great Britain GBR
8 h2 r1/2 Spain ESP