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Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

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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


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.

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