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