Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Swimming Stadium, Roma
Date Started: August 30, 1960
Date Finished: August 31, 1960
The last five world records in this event had been set by Australiaâs [John Konrads], with four, and Japanâs [Tsuyoshi Yamanaka], silver medalist from 1960, with one. Konrads held the current mark with 4:15.9 set in Sydney in February 1960. But the defending champion was [Murray Rose] and he was back as well. By 1960 Rose and Yamanaka were students at the University of Southern California, both on the swim team there. In the heats [Alan Somers] of the United States broke the Olympic record with 4:19.2. But he was well back in the final, as Rose won quite easily, outdistancing Yamanaka by over three seconds, as they repeated their 1-2 finish from Melbourne, with Konrads pulling up for the bronze medal in a photo finish over Britainâs [Ian Black]. In Chicago in 1962, Rose would break Konradsâ world record by posting 4:13.4.