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Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Women's 400 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 19, 1968
Date Finished: October 20, 1968

Gold: USA Debbie Meyer
Silver: USA Linda Gustavson
Bronze: AUS Karen Moras

Summary

At the US Olympic Trials Debbie Meyer had set world records in the 200, 400, and 800 metre freestyles. Better in the distances she had already set five world records in this event, five in the 800, and three in the non-Olympic 1,500 free. She was the class of the field, opening a two body length lead by 100 metres, and simply opening it up throughout the race, to win by almost four seconds over teammate Linda Gustavson, who the day before had won a bronze in the 100 freestyle. Australia’s Karen Moras, only 14-years-old, won the bronze medal, edging out American [Pamela Kruse].

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Debbie Meyer 16 United States USA Gold OR
2 Linda Gustavson 18 United States USA Silver
3 Karen Moras 14 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Pam Kruse 18 United States USA
5 Gabriele Wetzko 14 East Germany GDR
6 María Teresa Ramírez 14 Mexico MEX
7 Angela Coughlan 16 Canada CAN
8 Elisabeth Ljunggren-Morris 20 Sweden SWE
2 h2 r1/2 Norma Amezcua 15 Mexico MEX
2 h3 r1/2 Marjatta Hara 17 Finland FIN
2 h4 r1/2 Marie-José Kersaudy 14 France FRA
2 h6 r1/2 Denise Langford 14 Australia AUS
3 h1 r1/2 Laura Vaca 15 Mexico MEX
3 h2 r1/2 Dominique Mollier 19 France FRA
3 h3 r1/2 Olga de Angulo 12 Colombia COL
3 h4 r1/2 Kristina Moir 17 Puerto Rico PUR
3 h5 r1/2 Novella Calligaris 13 Italy ITA
3 h6 r1/2 Eva Sigg 17 Finland FIN
4 h1 r1/2 Helen Elliott 19 Philippines PHI
4 h2 r1/2 Sheila Clayton 17 Great Britain GBR
4 h3 r1/2 Sally Davison 17 Great Britain GBR
4 h4 r1/2 Susan Williams 16 Great Britain GBR
4 h5 r1/2 Consuelo Changanaqui 17 Peru PER
4 h6 r1/2 Christine Deakes 15 Australia AUS
5 h1 r1/2 Shen Bao-Ni 14 Chinese Taipei TPE
5 h3 r1/2 Lylian Castillo 15 Uruguay URU
5 h4 r1/2 Emilia Figueroa 15 Uruguay URU
5 h5 r1/2 Silvana Asturias 15 Guatemala GUA
5 h6 r1/2 Patricia Olano 18 Colombia COL
6 h3 r1/2 Lorna Blake 14 Puerto Rico PUR