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Swimming at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyogijo, Shibuya, Tokyo
Date Started: October 16, 1964
Date Finished: October 18, 1964

Gold: USA United States
Silver: NED Netherlands
Bronze: URS Soviet Union

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold WR
2 Netherlands NED Silver
3 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Japan JPN
5 Great Britain GBR
6 Canada CAN
AC r2/2 Germany GER DQ
AC r2/2 Hungary HUN DQ
4 h1 r1/2 Australia AUS