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Swimming at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Backstroke

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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 Cathy Ferguson
Silver: FRA Kiki Caron
Bronze: USA Ginny Duenkel


In June 1964 [Christine Caron] of France bettered the world record of 1:08.6 and came to Tokyo as a slight favorite. She was expected to be challenged by America’s [Ginny Duenkel], who had broken Caron’s mark in September by posting 1:08.3. Japan’s [Satoko Tanaka] was also highly considered, but she was better in the 200 backstroke, having set eight straight world records in that event from July 1960 to August 1963. Her 200 record had been broken just before the Tokyo Olympics by [Cathy Ferguson], who was also entered in this event. In the final Ferguson, Caron and Duenkel were almost even at 50 metres. But Caron pulled ahead just after the turn, only to see Ferguson catch her near the end of the race and outtouch her to win the gold medal, 1:07.7 to 1:07.9. Duenkel held on for third, with Tanaka in fourth place.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Cathy Ferguson 16 United States USA Gold WR
2 Kiki Caron 16 France FRA Silver
3 Ginny Duenkel 17 United States USA Bronze
4 Satoko Tanaka 22 Japan JPN
5 Nina Harmer 18 United States USA
6 Linda Ludgrove 17 Great Britain GBR
7 Eileen Weir 18 Canada CAN
8 Jill Norfolk 17 Great Britain GBR
2 h3 r1/2 Françoise Borie 17 France FRA
3 h2 r1/2 Michiko Kihara 16 Japan JPN
3 h3 r1/2 Petra Nerger 19 Germany GER
3 h4 r1/2 Ingrid Schmidt 19 Germany GER
4 h1 r1/2 Helga Schmidt-Neuber 27 Germany GER
4 h2 r1/2 Kirsten Michaelsen 21 Denmark DEN
4 h3 r1/2 Sylvia Lewis 22 Great Britain GBR
4 h4 r1/2 Nataliya Mikhaylova 16 Soviet Union URS
5 h1 r1/2 Helen Kennedy 15 Canada CAN
5 h2 r1/2 Tatyana Savelyeva 17 Soviet Union URS
5 h3 r1/2 Ria van Velsen 21 Netherlands NED
5 h4 r1/2 Corrie Winkel 20 Netherlands NED
6 h1 r1/2 Belinda Woosley 16 Australia AUS
6 h2 r1/2 Mária Balla-Lantos 19 Hungary HUN
6 h3 r1/2 Marlene Dayman 14 Australia AUS
6 h4 r1/2 Nanette Duncan 17 Australia AUS
7 h1 r1/2 Jovina Tseng 14 Malaysia MAS
7 h2 r1/2 Bep Weeteling 17 Netherlands NED
7 h3 r1/2 Anneliese Rockenbach 21 Venezuela VEN
7 h4 r1/2 Susana Peper 18 Argentina ARG
8 h2 r1/2 Ursula Seitz 16 Austria AUT
8 h3 r1/2 Margaret Harding 16 Puerto Rico PUR
8 h4 r1/2 Jeon Ok-Ja 16 South Korea KOR