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Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

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Events:

Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Francisco Márquez Olympic Swimming Pool, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 26, 1968
Date Finished: October 26, 1968

Gold: USA United States
Silver: GDR East Germany
Bronze: CAN Canada

Summary

The United States had swept the medals in the 100 metre freestyle and all three swimmers were on the 4 x 100 free relay team, making them prohibitive favorites. They were led off by [Jane Barkman], bronze medalist in the 200 freestyle, and she put them ahead, over East German [Gabriele Wetzko], 1:01.2 to 1:01.5. But after that came the three 100 medalists – [Linda Gustavson], [Sue Pedersen], and [Jan Henne], and the East Germans could not stay in touch. The US won by over three seconds, with East Germany taking silver ahead of the Canadian team.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold OR
2 East Germany GDR Silver
3 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Australia AUS
5 Hungary HUN
6 Japan JPN
7 Great Britain GBR
AC r2/2 France FRA DQ
3 h1 r1/2 Soviet Union URS
4 h1 r1/2 Sweden SWE
4 h2 r1/2 Netherlands NED
4 h3 r1/2 Uruguay URU
5 h1 r1/2 West Germany FRG
5 h2 r1/2 El Salvador ESA
6 h1 r1/2 Mexico MEX