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Swimming at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres Individual Medley

Swimming at the 1964 Summer Games: Next Summer Games

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyogijo, Shibuya, Tokyo
Date Started: October 15, 1964
Date Finished: October 17, 1964

Gold: USA Donna de Varona
Silver: USA Sharon Finneran
Bronze: USA Martha Randall

Summary

Donna de Varona had competed at the 1960 Olympics when she was only 13-years-old. But even at that age she held the world record in the 400 individual medley, which was not an Olympic event in 1960. Over the next four years she became the best swimmer in the world, and set five more world records in this event, and eight in the 200 IM, as well as one 100 backstroke world record in 1963. She came to Tokyo as a clear favorite in this new Olympic event, and did not disappoint. In the final she took the lead at 100 metres, and kept pouring it on. Sharon Finneran had twice interrupted de Varona’s world record streak in the 400 IM, setting world records in Osaka, Japan on 26 and 28 July 1962. But she was no match in Tokyo for de Varona, although she won the silver medal, but Finneran was almost six seconds back. Martha Randall came up for third to complete an American sweep.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Donna de Varona 17 United States USA Gold OR
2 Sharon Finneran 18 United States USA Silver
3 Martha Randall 16 United States USA Bronze
4 Veronika Holletz 19 Germany GER
5 Linda McGill 18 Australia AUS
6 Betty Heukels 22 Netherlands NED
7 Anita Lonsbrough 23 Great Britain GBR
8 Márta Egerváry 21 Hungary HUN
2 h2 r1/2 Barbara Hounsell 13 Canada CAN
2 h4 r1/2 Marianne Heemskerk 20 Netherlands NED
3 h2 r1/2 Adrie Lasterie 20 Netherlands NED
3 h4 r1/2 Helen Kennedy 15 Canada CAN
4 h1 r1/2 Helga Zimmermann 21 Germany GER
4 h2 r1/2 Harriet Blank 19 Germany GER
4 h3 r1/2 Kimiko Ezaka 20 Japan JPN
4 h4 r1/2 Natsuko Matsuda 17 Japan JPN
5 h1 r1/2 Jane Cortis 16 Australia AUS
5 h2 r1/2 Isabel Castañe 18 Spain ESP
5 h3 r1/2 Kirsten Strange-Campbell 20 Denmark DEN
5 h4 r1/2 Silvia Belmar 19 Mexico MEX
6 h2 r1/2 Margaret Harding 16 Puerto Rico PUR
6 h3 r1/2 Pamela Johnson 16 Great Britain GBR