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Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Francisco Márquez Olympic Swimming Pool, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 18, 1968
Date Finished: October 19, 1968

Gold: USA Jan Henne
Silver: USA Sue Pedersen
Bronze: USA Linda Gustavson

Summary

Dawn Fraser was gone, after having won the event in 1956, 1960, and 1964, and in her absence, there was no real favorite. Sue Pedersen had won the US Nationals and Olympic Trials over Jan Henne and they both made the final, each winning a semi, with Canada’s Marion Lay, silver medalist at the 1967 Pan American Games, winning the first semi. In the final Pedersen led by inches at the turn, but Henne surged past her to win the gold medal, with the Americans sweeping, Pedersen in second, and Linda Gustavson winning bronze, Lay placing fourth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jan Henne 21 United States USA Gold
2 Sue Pedersen 14 United States USA Silver
3 Linda Gustavson 18 United States USA Bronze
4 Marion Lay 19 Canada CAN
5 Martina Grunert 19 East Germany GDR
6 Alexandra Jackson 16 Great Britain GBR
7 Mirjana Šegrt 18 Yugoslavia YUG
8 Judit Turóczy 20 Hungary HUN
3 h2 r2/3 Roswitha Krause 18 East Germany GDR
4 h1 r2/3 Lyn Bell 21 Australia AUS
4 h2 r2/3 Uta Schmuck 19 East Germany GDR
4 h3 r2/3 Oľga Kozičová 17 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 h1 r2/3 Jenny Steinbeck 17 Australia AUS
5 h2 r2/3 Shigeko Kawanishi 19 Japan JPN
5 h3 r2/3 Nel Bos 20 Netherlands NED
6 h1 r2/3 Oei Liana 15 Chinese Taipei TPE
6 h2 r2/3 Lidiya Hrebets 25 Soviet Union URS
6 h3 r2/3 Claude Mandonnaud 18 France FRA
7 h1 r2/3 Lynne Watson 15 Australia AUS
7 h2 r2/3 Edit Kovács 17 Hungary HUN
7 h3 r2/3 Elisabeth Berglund 19 Sweden SWE
8 h1 r2/3 Magdolna Patóh 20 Hungary HUN
8 h2 r2/3 Nataliya Ustinova 23 Soviet Union URS
8 h3 r2/3 Simone Hanner 19 France FRA
3 h2 r1/3 Miwako Kobayashi 16 Japan JPN
3 h5 r1/3 Maria Strumolo 19 Italy ITA
4 h2 r1/3 Mariya Nikolova 17 Bulgaria BUL
4 h3 r1/3 Catherine Grosjean 21 France FRA
4 h4 r1/3 Lotten Andersson 18 Sweden SWE
4 h5 r1/3 Helmi Boxberger 18 West Germany FRG
4 h7 r1/3 Zoya Dus 15 Soviet Union URS
4 h8 r1/3 Heidi Reineck 16 West Germany FRG
5 h1 r1/3 Helen Elliott 19 Philippines PHI
5 h2 r1/3 Shen Bao-Ni 14 Chinese Taipei TPE
5 h3 r1/3 Fiona Kellock 19 Great Britain GBR
5 h4 r1/3 Rosario de Vivanco 19 Peru PER
5 h5 r1/3 Vera Kock 16 Sweden SWE
5 h6 r1/3 Ana Boban 20 Yugoslavia YUG
5 h7 r1/3 Carmen Ferracuti 16 El Salvador ESA
5 h8 r1/3 Marcia Arriaga 12 Mexico MEX
6 h1 r1/3 Patricia Olano 18 Colombia COL
6 h2 r1/3 Ruth Apt 15 Uruguay URU
6 h3 r1/3 Gillian Treers 16 Great Britain GBR
6 h4 r1/3 Ingeborg Renner 22 West Germany FRG
6 h5 r1/3 Vivian Ortíz 19 Mexico MEX
6 h6 r1/3 Toos Beumer 21 Netherlands NED
6 h7 r1/3 Nguyễn Minh Tam 18 South Vietnam VNM
6 h8 r1/3 Mirjam van Hemert 18 Netherlands NED
7 h3 r1/3 Silvana Asturias 15 Guatemala GUA
7 h4 r1/3 Hedy García 18 Philippines PHI
7 h5 r1/3 Emilia Figueroa 15 Uruguay URU
7 h6 r1/3 Lylian Castillo 15 Uruguay URU
7 h8 r1/3 Hrafnhildur Guðmundsdóttir 25 Iceland ISL
8 h4 r1/3 Lorna Blake 14 Puerto Rico PUR
8 h5 r1/3 Ana Marcial 15 Puerto Rico PUR
8 h6 r1/3 Rosa Hasbún 16 El Salvador ESA
8 h8 r1/3 Kristina Moir 17 Puerto Rico PUR