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Swimming at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyogijo, Shibuya, Tokyo
Date Started: October 13, 1964
Date Finished: October 14, 1964

Gold: USA United States
Silver: GER Germany
Bronze: AUS Australia


The 4 x 100 freestyle relay was new to the Olympic Program in 1964. The Americans were prohibitive favorites and they did not disappoint. [Steve Clark] led off the USA in 52.9, equalling the world record for the 100 free. [Mike Austin] and [Gary Ilman] swam the next two legs and gave [Don Schollander] a big lead, which seemed secure as he had won the 100 freestyle gold medal, but [Hans-Joachim Klein], 100 free bronze medalist, actually outswam Schollander, posting the fastest split of the event in 52.4, to earn Germany the silver medal. Australia was a comfortable third over Japan.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold
2 Germany GER Silver
3 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Japan JPN
5 Sweden SWE
6 Soviet Union URS
7 Great Britain GBR
AC r2/2 France FRA DQ
4 h1 r1/2 Hungary HUN
5 h1 r1/2 Netherlands NED
6 h1 r1/2 Mexico MEX
6 h2 r1/2 Canada CAN
7 h2 r1/2 Peru PER