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Swimming at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyogijo, Shibuya, Tokyo
Date Started: October 11, 1964
Date Finished: October 12, 1964

Gold: URS Halyna Prozumenshchykova-Stepanova
Silver: USA Claudia Kolb
Bronze: URS Svetlana Babanina

Summary

The defending champion was Anita Lonsbrough of Great Britain, who was in Tokyo, but elected to swim only the 400 individual medley. She would not have been favored, that accolade going to Ukrainian Soviet [Galina Prozumenshchikova], who had set two world records earlier in 1964, posting 2:45.4 in Berlin in August, the current mark. Other challengers were thought to be Soviet Svetlana Babanina and the Netherlands’ [Klena Bimolt], both of whom had gone under 2:47 in the Olympic year. This is not usually the best event for American swimmers, their top entrant this year being Claudia Kolb, who was only 14-years-old. The final was led for 50 metres by East German Bärbel Grimmer, but Prozumenshchikova swept past to lead at 100 metres. She held on to win, but Kolb closed fast for a surprising silver medal, trailed by Babanina in third. Grimmer faded to sixth, followed by Bimolt in seventh. Prozumenshchikova would win bronze medals in this event in 1968 and 1972. Kolb would return to the Olympics in 1968 to win gold in the 200 and 400 individual medleys.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Halyna Prozumenshchykova-Stepanova 15 Soviet Union URS Gold OR
2 Claudia Kolb 14 United States USA Silver
3 Svetlana Babanina 21 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Stella Mitchell 17 Great Britain GBR
5 Jill Slattery 19 Great Britain GBR
6 Bärbel Grimmer 19 Germany GER
7 Klenie Bimolt 19 Netherlands NED
8 Ursula Küper 26 Germany GER
2 h1 r1/2 Marguerite Ruygrok 17 Australia AUS
2 h4 r1/2 Vivien Haddon 19 New Zealand NZL
3 h1 r1/2 Wiltrud Urselmann 22 Germany GER
3 h2 r1/2 Jacqueline Enfield 17 Great Britain GBR
3 h4 r1/2 Truus Looijs 18 Netherlands NED
4 h1 r1/2 Tammy Hazleton 16 United States USA
4 h2 r1/2 Gretta Kok 19 Netherlands NED
4 h4 r1/2 Sandra Nitta 15 United States USA
5 h1 r1/2 Noriko Yamamoto 20 Japan JPN
5 h2 r1/2 Susana Peper 18 Argentina ARG
5 h3 r1/2 Isabel Castañe 18 Spain ESP
5 h4 r1/2 Christl Filippovits 20 Austria AUT
6 h1 r1/2 Zsuzsa Kovács 18 Hungary HUN
6 h3 r1/2 Linda McGill 18 Australia AUS
6 h4 r1/2 Yoshiko Morizane 16 Japan JPN
7 h1 r1/2 Margaret Harding 16 Puerto Rico PUR
7 h3 r1/2 Marny Jolly 16 Malaysia MAS
7 h4 r1/2 Li Hin Yu 16 Hong Kong HKG
AC h2 r1/2 Christine Barnetson 16 Australia AUS DQ