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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