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Swimming at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Olympic Swim Stadium, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: July 31, 1984
Date Finished: July 31, 1984

Gold: USA Tiffany Cohen
Silver: GBR Sarah Hardcastle
Bronze: GBR June Croft


The East Germans had been 1-2 in this event at the 1982 World Championships, after sweeping the medals in Moscow. The 1982 World bronze medalist was American [Tiffany Cohen], who became the de facto favorite because of the Eastern Bloc boycott. The world record holder was Australian [Tracey Wickham], but the mark was from 1978 and she had briefly retired in 1979, and although she returned in 1982, she was not in Los Angeles. In the final Cohen dominated, going ahead of Wickham’s world record splits through 300 metres, and leading by almost four seconds. But she could not quiet hang on for the record, finishing in an Olympic record of 4:07.10, the second fastest women’s 400 ever, less than a second above Wickham’s mark. Three days later Cohen would add another gold by winning the 800 freestyle.

Great Britain surprisingly supplied the silver and bronze medalists, [Sarah Hardcastle] and [June Croft]. Hardcastle won a bronze medal in this event at the 1986 Worlds, and then retired, only to return in 1993, win the 1995 World Short-Course 800 freestyle, and compete again at the 1996 Olympics. Croft had won the 100 and 200 freestyles at the 1982 Commonwealth Games and also came back much later, winning relay medals at the 1990 Commonwealth Games. The fourth-place finisher was [Kim Linehan] who had been expected to medal, coming into Los Angeles with the second-fastest time of the year, after Cohen. Linehan had been 1982 World Champion in the 800 free, and then retired, only to return late in 1983 in an effort to compete and win an Olympic medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tiffany Cohen 18 United States USA Gold OR
2 Sarah Hardcastle 15 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 June Croft 21 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Kim Linehan 21 United States USA
5 Anna McVann 15 Australia AUS
6 Jolande van der Meer 19 Netherlands NED
7 Birgit Kowalczik 16 West Germany FRG
8 Julie Daigneault 19 Canada CAN
9 Susie Baumer 18 Australia AUS
10 Donna McGinnis 15 Canada CAN
11 Ann Linder 18 Sweden SWE
12 Carla Lasi 19 Italy ITA
13 Monica Olmi 13 Italy ITA
14 Chikako Nakamori 17 Japan JPN
15 Lisa Ann Wen 19 Chinese Taipei TPE
16 Irma Huerta 14 Mexico MEX
17 Ina Beyermann 19 West Germany FRG QC
18 Nadia Krüger 16 Switzerland SUI
19 Junko Sakurai 16 Japan JPN
20 Sofia Dara 21 Greece GRE
21 Hadar Rubinstein 17 Israel ISR
22 Carol Ann Heavey Ireland IRL
23 Karen Slowing-Aceituno 15 Guatemala GUA
24 Chang Hui-Chien 14 Chinese Taipei TPE
25 Fenella Ng 16 Hong Kong HKG