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Swimming at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyogijo, Shibuya, Tokyo
Date Started: October 17, 1964
Date Finished: October 18, 1964

Gold: USA Ginny Duenkel
Silver: USA Marilyn Ramenofsky
Bronze: USA Terri Lee Stickles


[Marilyn Ramenofsky] of the United States had set three world records in this event earlier in 1964 and came to Tokyo as the favorite. In fact it was thought that the Americans could sweep the event, with [Ginny Duenkel], already a bronze medalist in Tokyo in the 100 back, and [Terri Stickles]. Ramenofsky led the final through 175 metres, when she was caught by Duenkel who gradually pulled away from her teammate. Duenkel held on to upset Ramenofsky and win the gold medal, with Stickles completing the American sweep by outlasting Australia’s [Dawn Fraser]. Duenkel posted 4:43.3, a personal best for her by 3/10ths of a second, but well off Ramenofsky’s world record of 4:39.5.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ginny Duenkel 17 United States USA Gold OR
2 Marilyn Ramenofsky 18 United States USA Silver
3 Terri Lee Stickles 18 United States USA Bronze
4 Dawn Fraser 27 Australia AUS
5 Jane Hughes 16 Canada CAN
6 Liz Long 18 Great Britain GBR
7 Kim Herford 17 Australia AUS
8 Ann-Charlotte Lilja 18 Sweden SWE
2 h1 r1/2 Martina Grunert 15 Germany GER
2 h3 r1/2 Daniela Beneck 18 Italy ITA
2 h5 r1/2 Nanette Duncan 17 Australia AUS
3 h1 r1/2 Ineke Tigelaar 19 Netherlands NED
3 h2 r1/2 Patty Thompson 18 Canada CAN
3 h3 r1/2 Elisabeth Ljunggren-Morris 16 Sweden SWE
3 h5 r1/2 Kazue Hayakawa 17 Japan JPN
4 h1 r1/2 Barbara Hounsell 13 Canada CAN
4 h2 r1/2 Pauline Sillett 15 Great Britain GBR
4 h3 r1/2 Jutta Wanke 16 Germany GER
4 h4 r1/2 Nataliya Bystrova 17 Soviet Union URS
4 h5 r1/2 Heidi Pechstein 20 Germany GER
5 h1 r1/2 Tazuko Kikutani 17 Japan JPN
5 h2 r1/2 Bep Weeteling 17 Netherlands NED
5 h3 r1/2 Ann Lallande 15 Puerto Rico PUR
5 h4 r1/2 María Luisa Souza 22 Mexico MEX
5 h5 r1/2 Nataliya Mikhaylova 16 Soviet Union URS
6 h3 r1/2 Rita Pulido 19 Spain ESP
6 h4 r1/2 Majvor Welander 14 Sweden SWE
6 h5 r1/2 Im Geum-Ja 17 South Korea KOR
7 h3 r1/2 Marilyn Sidelsky 16 Zimbabwe ZIM
7 h4 r1/2 Olga Belmar 18 Mexico MEX
8 h4 r1/2 Jovina Tseng 14 Malaysia MAS