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Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Backstroke

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Francisco Márquez Olympic Swimming Pool, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 22, 1968
Date Finished: October 23, 1968

Gold: USA Kaye Hall
Silver: CAN Elaine Tanner
Bronze: USA Jane Swagerty


The favorite was Canada’s [Elaine Tanner], the 1967 Pan American Games champion who had set two world records in the event in 1967. But missing was the current world record holder, Karen Muir of South Africa, who could not compete because her nation was banned from the Olympics because of its policy of apartheid in sport (and elsewhere), and would remain banned until 1992. America’s [Kaye Hall], second at the 1967 Pan Ams, was expected to contend and medal. In the semi-finals Tanner bested Hall and posted the fastest qualifier. In the final, Hall made the turn first in 30.9, with Tanner on her shoulder, and America’s [Jane Swagerty] in third. And that is how they would finish, as Tanner could not catch Hall, who won an upset gold medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kaye Hall 17 United States USA Gold WR
2 Elaine Tanner 17 Canada CAN Silver
3 Jane Swagerty 17 United States USA Bronze
4 Kendis Moore 19 United States USA
5 Andrea Gyarmati 14 Hungary HUN
6 Lynne Watson 15 Australia AUS
7 Sylvie Canet 15 France FRA
8 Glenda Stirling 16 New Zealand NZL
4 h1 r2/3 Yukiko Goushi 17 Japan JPN
5 h1 r2/3 Bénédicte Duprez 17 France FRA
6 h1 r2/3 Zdenka Gašparač 19 Yugoslavia YUG
6 h2 r2/3 Cobie Buter 22 Netherlands NED
7 h1 r2/3 María Corominas 16 Spain ESP
7 h2 r2/3 Kiki Caron 20 France FRA
8 h1 r2/3 Tina Lek'veishvili 14 Soviet Union URS
8 h2 r2/3 Ulla Patrikka 22 Finland FIN
2 h4 r1/3 Tatyana Savelyeva 21 Soviet Union URS
3 h4 r1/3 Anca Andreiu 17 Romania ROU
3 h6 r1/3 Mária Balla-Lantos 23 Hungary HUN
4 h1 r1/3 Bep Weeteling 21 Netherlands NED
4 h2 r1/3 Yvette Hafner 20 Austria AUT
4 h4 r1/3 Dianna Rickard 15 Australia AUS
4 h5 r1/3 Patricia Sentous 18 Argentina ARG
4 h6 r1/3 Coby Sikkens 22 Netherlands NED
5 h1 r1/3 Jacqueline Brown 15 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r1/3 Adriana Comolli 16 Argentina ARG
5 h3 r1/3 Angelika Kraus 18 West Germany FRG
5 h4 r1/3 Anne Walton 16 Canada CAN
5 h5 r1/3 Pru Chapman 18 New Zealand NZL
5 h6 r1/3 Wendy Burrell 16 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r1/3 Lidia Ramírez 20 Mexico MEX
6 h2 r1/3 Doris Meister 16 West Germany FRG
6 h3 r1/3 Felicia Ospitaletche 14 Uruguay URU
6 h4 r1/3 María Procopio 17 Argentina ARG
6 h5 r1/3 Carmen Ferracuti 16 El Salvador ESA
6 h6 r1/3 Francine Dauven 19 Belgium BEL
7 h2 r1/3 Rosa Hasbún 16 El Salvador ESA
7 h3 r1/3 Nguyễn Thị Mỹ Lien 17 South Vietnam VNM
7 h4 r1/3 Shen Bao-Ni 14 Chinese Taipei TPE
7 h6 r1/3 Judit Bárányi 14 Hungary HUN