Host City: Ciudad de MÃ©xico, Mexico
Venue(s): Francisco MÃ¡rquez Olympic Swimming Pool, Ciudad de MÃ©xico
Date Started: October 21, 1968
Date Finished: October 22, 1968
At the US Olympic Trials [Debbie Meyer] had set world records in the 200, 400, and 800 metre freestyles. By the time of this race, she had already won gold in the 400 at Mexico City. The altitude prevented her from approaching her world record time, but she won the gold medal comfortably in 2:10.5. Behind her the Americans swept the medals with [Jan Henne], gold medalist in the 100 free, placing second followed by [Jane Barkman]. The three were well clear of the outmatched field. A few days later, Meyer came back to win the 800 freestyle, giving her three individual freestyle gold medals in Mexico City.