Host City: Ciudad de MÃ©xico, Mexico
Venue(s): Francisco MÃ¡rquez Olympic Swimming Pool, Ciudad de MÃ©xico
Date Started: October 22, 1968
Date Finished: October 24, 1968
|Bronze:||MarÃa Teresa RamÃrez|
The 800 metre freestyle was a new event for women on the Olympic Program. 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 400, and three in the non-Olympic 1,500 free. Having already won gold in Mexico City in the 200 and 400 free, the only question was not if she would win, but by how much? By 400 metres she led by 4Â½ body lengths, followed by Australian 14-year-old [Karen Moras], her teammate [Pam Kruse], and Mexican favorite [MarÃa Teresa RamÃrez]. Meyer finished in 9:24.0 to win her third individual freestyle gold medal by 11+ seconds, with Kruse taking silver. RamÃrez won bronze as Swimming World noted, âThe natatorium went loco as RamÃrez touched out Moras by a tenth.â Through 2008, Debbie Meyer remains the only Olympic swimmer to have won three individual freestyle gold medals at the same Olympic Games.