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Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Butterfly

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Francisco Márquez Olympic Swimming Pool, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 20, 1968
Date Finished: October 21, 1968

Gold: AUS Lyn McClements
Silver: USA Ellie Daniel
Bronze: USA Susan Shields

Summary

Dutchwoman [Ada Kok] had finished second in this event in 1964, was the 1966 European Champion, and had held the world record since 1965. Australian put forward the unknown [Lyn McClements] who had been a freestyler until the Olympic year and had never won a butterfly race until the Australian Trials in February 1968. American [Ellie Daniel] had won the 1967 Pan American Games and the 1968 US Olympic Trials and was expected to contend. McClements started the final quickly, leading by half a body length at the turn over American [Susan Shields], with Kok in third and Daniel fourth. McClements hung on over the last lap and won a surprise gold medal, with Daniel moving up for silver and Shields taking bronze, Kok finishing fourth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lyn McClements 17 Australia AUS Gold
2 Ellie Daniel 18 United States USA Silver
3 Susan Shields 16 United States USA Bronze
4 Ada Kok 21 Netherlands NED
5 Andrea Gyarmati 14 Hungary HUN
6 Heike Hustede-Nagel 22 West Germany FRG
7 Toni Hewitt 17 United States USA
8 Helga Lindner 17 East Germany GDR
4 h2 r2/3 Tetiana Dev'iatova 20 Soviet Union URS
5 h2 r2/3 Nel Bos 20 Netherlands NED
6 h1 r2/3 Christine Strübing 16 East Germany GDR
6 h2 r2/3 Sandra Whittleston 17 New Zealand NZL
7 h1 r2/3 Jeanne Warren 15 Canada CAN
7 h2 r2/3 Margaret Auton 17 Great Britain GBR
8 h1 r2/3 Gillian Treers 16 Great Britain GBR
8 h2 r2/3 Yasuko Fujii 18 Japan JPN
3 h3 r1/3 Yvonne Tobis 20 Israel ISR
4 h4 r1/3 Carmen Gómez 14 Colombia COL
4 h5 r1/3 Marilyn Corson 18 Canada CAN
5 h1 r1/3 Patricia Obregón 18 Mexico MEX
5 h2 r1/3 Oei Liana 15 Chinese Taipei TPE
5 h4 r1/3 Ruth Apt 15 Uruguay URU
5 h5 r1/3 Pauline Gray 17 Australia AUS
6 h1 r1/3 Nam Sang-Nam 21 South Korea KOR
6 h2 r1/3 Vivienne Smith 15 Ireland IRL
6 h4 r1/3 Ana Marcial 15 Puerto Rico PUR
6 h5 r1/3 Adriana Comolli 16 Argentina ARG
7 h2 r1/3 Catherine Grosjean 21 France FRA