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Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

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Events:

Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Francisco Márquez Olympic Swimming Pool, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 19, 1968
Date Finished: October 20, 1968

Gold: USA Debbie Meyer
Silver: USA Linda Gustavson
Bronze: AUS Karen Moras

Summary

At the US Olympic Trials [Debbie Meyer] had set world records in the 200, 400, and 800 metre freestyles. Better in the distances she had already set five world records in this event, five in the 800, and three in the non-Olympic 1,500 free. She was the class of the field, opening a two body length lead by 100 metres, and simply opening it up throughout the race, to win by almost four seconds over teammate [Linda Gustavson], who the day before had won a bronze in the 100 freestyle. Australia’s [Karen Moras], only 14-years-old, won the bronze medal, edging out American [Pam Kruse].

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