Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Swimming Stadium, Roma
Date Started: August 31, 1960
Date Finished: September 1, 1960
|Gold:||Chris von Saltza|
The world record had been broken twice in the Olympic year, first by [Ilsa Konrads] at Sydney in February with 4:45.4, and then by [Chris von Saltza] of the USA at the US Trials in Detroit in August, posting 4:44.5. They both won their heats, with von Saltzaâs time of 4:53.6 the fastest by almost six seconds. She easily won the gold medal, pulling out to an early lead, and holding on in the last lap as Swedenâs [Jane Cederqvist], the 800 metre world record holder, finished strongly for the silver medal. The bronze went to [Tineke Lagerberg] of the Netherlands, with Konrads fading and finishing fourth.