Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyogijo, Shibuya, Tokyo
Date Started: October 16, 1964
Date Finished: October 18, 1964
The United States was so strong that they held swim-offs to determine who would swim in the final. The Soviet team posted the fastest time heat one with the Americans leading heat two with their B team. The final started with [Cathy Ferguson], 100 metre backstroke gold medalist, taking a small lead over Japan’s [Satoko Tanaka]. On the breaststroke leg, Soviet [Svetlana Babanina] put them into the lead by inches, but [Sharon Stouder] swam the third butterfly leg for the US and opened a 2½-bodylength lead. [Kathy Ellis] had no trouble maintaining it on the anchor as the USA won the gold medal in the world record time of 4:33.9. The Soviets could not maintain their position on the final two legs, as [Ada Kok] put the Netherlands into second on the third leg, and [Erica Terpstra] brought it home for them to win silver, the Soviet Union holding onto the bronze medal.