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Swimming at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyogijo, Shibuya, Tokyo
Date Started: October 12, 1964
Date Finished: October 13, 1964

Gold: AUS Dawn Fraser
Silver: USA Sharon Stouder
Bronze: USA Kathy Ellis

Summary

Dawn Fraser had won this event in 1956 and 1960, was the only female to have better one minute, and had set the last nine world records at this distance, capped by 58.9 in Sydney in February of the Olympic year. But only weeks later she was involved in a car accident and broke a vertebra in her back, and spent six weeks in a body cast. She recovered, but was expected to be challenged in Tokyo by 15-year-old Sharon Stouder of the USA. In the final Fraser led by ½-a-metre at the turn, but was soon caught by Stouder at 70 metres. But Fraser finished stronger and finished in 59.5 to win her third consecutive gold, Stouder coming across in 59.9, the second women to better one minute for the race. This made Fraser the first Olympic swimmer to win the same event at three straight Olympics.\n\nA few days later, while still celebrating, Fraser led a midnight raid on an Olympic Flag near the Emperor’s Palace. She was arrested but when they learned who it was, the Emperor dropped the charges and gave her the flag as a gift. However, Australia swimming authorities suspended her for 10 years, although this was later softened to a 4-year ban, which did not matter as she retired after Tokyo.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Dawn Fraser 27 Australia AUS Gold OR
2 Sharon Stouder 15 United States USA Silver
3 Kathy Ellis 17 United States USA Bronze
4 Erica Terpstra 21 Netherlands NED
5 Marion Lay 15 Canada CAN
6 Csilla Madarász-Bajnogel-Dobai 21 Hungary HUN
7 Ann-Christine Hagberg 16 Sweden SWE
8 Lyn Bell 17 Australia AUS
5 h1 r2/3 Jeanne Hallock 17 United States USA
5 h2 r2/3 Martina Grunert 15 Germany GER
6 h1 r2/3 Daniela Beneck 18 Italy ITA
6 h2 r2/3 Katalin Takács 22 Hungary HUN
7 h1 r2/3 Judit Turóczy 16 Hungary HUN
7 h2 r2/3 Ann-Charlotte Lilja 18 Sweden SWE
8 h1 r2/3 Robyn Thorn 18 Australia AUS
8 h2 r2/3 Ulla Jäfvert 18 Sweden SWE
2 h2 r1/3 Rita Schumacher 27 Germany GER
3 h2 r1/3 Anneliese Rockenbach 21 Venezuela VEN
3 h3 r1/3 Nataliya Ustinova 19 Soviet Union URS
4 h1 r1/3 Winnie van Weerdenburg 18 Netherlands NED
4 h2 r1/3 Paola Saini 19 Italy ITA
4 h3 r1/3 Kirsten Strange-Campbell 20 Denmark DEN
4 h4 r1/3 Nataliya Bystrova 17 Soviet Union URS
4 h5 r1/3 Toyoko Kimura 18 Japan JPN
5 h1 r1/3 Ryoko Urakami 17 Japan JPN
5 h2 r1/3 Sandra Keen 17 Great Britain GBR
5 h3 r1/3 Traudi Beierlein 23 Germany GER
5 h4 r1/3 Diana Wilkinson 20 Great Britain GBR
5 h5 r1/3 Marilyn Sidelsky 16 Zimbabwe ZIM
5 h6 r1/3 Helen Kennedy 15 Canada CAN
6 h1 r1/3 Mary Beth Stewart 18 Canada CAN
6 h2 r1/3 Toos Beumer 17 Netherlands NED
6 h3 r1/3 Monique Piétri 19 France FRA
6 h4 r1/3 Mara Sacchi 15 Italy ITA
6 h5 r1/3 Linda Amos 18 Great Britain GBR
6 h6 r1/3 Miyoko Azuma 19 Japan JPN
7 h1 r1/3 Im Geum-Ja 17 South Korea KOR
7 h2 r1/3 Ann Lallande 15 Puerto Rico PUR
7 h3 r1/3 Christl Paukerl 17 Austria AUT
7 h4 r1/3 Hrafnhildur Guðmundsdóttir 21 Iceland ISL
7 h5 r1/3 Rita Pulido 19 Spain ESP
7 h6 r1/3 Jovina Tseng 14 Malaysia MAS
8 h4 r1/3 Rosario de Vivanco 15 Peru PER
8 h5 r1/3 Margaret Harding 16 Puerto Rico PUR