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Swimming at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyogijo, Shibuya, Tokyo
Date Started: October 14, 1964
Date Finished: October 15, 1964

Gold: USA United States
Silver: AUS Australia
Bronze: NED Netherlands

Summary

The only real decision for the US swim coaches was who they would select to lead the Americans to the gold medal in the final. The US qualified second in the heats, behind Australia, but that was with their junior varsity squad allowing the big guns to rest. In the final the race was over after one leg, as 100 fly gold medalist Sharon Stouder put the US into an insurmountable lead. She was followed by Donna de Varona, Pokey Watson, and Kathy Ellis, who swam anchor and finished in the time of 4:03.8 for a world record, bettering the time of 4:07.6 that had been set in September by another group of Americans. Australia finished second, anchored by Dawn Fraser, who had the fastest split of the race with 58.6, but they were too far behind for it to matter much. The Netherlands came on for the bronze medal, as anchor Erica Terpstra touched out the Hungarian finisher Csilla Madarász-Bajnogel-Dobai.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold WR
2 Australia AUS Silver
3 Netherlands NED Bronze
4 Hungary HUN
5 Sweden SWE
6 Germany GER
7 Canada CAN
8 Italy ITA
5 h1 r1/2 Japan JPN
5 h2 r1/2 Great Britain GBR