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Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Francisco Márquez Olympic Swimming Pool, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 17, 1968
Date Finished: October 17, 1968

Gold: USA United States
Silver: AUS Australia
Bronze: FRG West Germany


The American team of [Kaye Hall], [Catie Ball], [Ellie Daniel], and [Sue Pedersen] had set the world record of 4:28.1 only a few weeks before the Olympics, at a meet in Colorado Springs. They were heavily favored but had a bit of a tussle with the Australians. The race opened the Olympic meet, with Hall swimming the opening backstroke leg, leading Australian Lynne Watson by 0.7 seconds. Catie Ball swam the second breaststroke leg, but she had a poor Olympics for her, suffering from a viral infection throughout, and Australian [Judy Playfair], only 14-years-old, closed the lead down to 0.3 seconds. Daniel opened it a little bit on the butterfly, racing the eventual 100 fly champion [Lyn McClements], but the race was still in doubt as Sue Pedersen took the anchor leg freestyle against [Jenny Steinbeck]. And then it was over. Pedersen pulled away to give the Americans a gold by 1.7 seconds. Far back in third was West Germany, followed by the Soviet Union and East Germany.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold
2 Australia AUS Silver
3 West Germany FRG Bronze
4 Soviet Union URS
5 East Germany GDR
6 Great Britain GBR
7 Netherlands NED
8 Hungary HUN
5 h1 r1/2 Canada CAN
5 h2 r1/2 Japan JPN
6 h1 r1/2 New Zealand NZL
6 h2 r1/2 Uruguay URU
7 h1 r1/2 Mexico MEX
7 h2 r1/2 Puerto Rico PUR
8 h1 r1/2 El Salvador ESA
AC h2 r1/2 Yugoslavia YUG DQ