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400 metres Freestyle, Women

Date31 August – 1 September 1960
LocationStadio Olimpico del Nuoto, Roma
Participants22 from 13 countries

The world record had been broken twice in the Olympic year, first by Ilsa Konrads at Sydney in February with 4:45.4, and then by Chris von Saltza of the USA at the US Trials in Detroit in August, posting 4:44.5. They both won their heats, with von Saltza’s time of 4:53.6 the fastest by almost six seconds. She easily won the gold medal, pulling out to an early lead, and holding on in the last lap as Sweden’s Jane Cederqvist, the 800 metre world record holder, finished strongly for the silver medal. The bronze went to Tineke Lagerberg of the Netherlands, with Konrads fading and finishing fourth.

1Chris von SaltzaUSA4:53.6 (1 h1)4:50.6 (1)Gold
2Jane CederqvistSWE4:55.6 (1 h3)4:53.9 (2)Silver
3Tineke LagerbergNED4:57.0 (2 h1)4:56.9 (3)Bronze
4Ilsa KonradsAUS4:59.2 (1 h2)4:57.9 (4)
5Dawn FraserAUS4:57.6 (3 h3)4:58.5 (5)
6Nan RaeGBR4:55.7 (2 h3)4:59.7 (6)
7Corrie SchimmelNED5:00.1 (2 h2)5:02.3 (7)
8Bibbi SegerströmSWE4:57.6 (3 h1)5:02.4 (8)
9Héda FrostFRA5:00.6 (3 h2)
10Carolyn HouseUSA5:00.7 (4 h2)
11Ursel BrunnerGER5:05.3 (4 h3)
12Gisela WeißGER5:08.6 (4 h1)
13Judy SamuelGBR5:12.9 (5 h1)
14Paola SainiITA5:13.1 (6 h1)
15Hillary WilsonRHO5:16.8 (5 h2)
16Welleda VeschiITA5:18.3 (5 h3)
17María Luisa SouzaMEX5:21.3 (6 h2)
18Mária FrankHUN5:21.9 (6 h3)
19Sigrid MüllerAUT5:25.1 (7 h2)
20Blanca BarrónMEX5:26.4 (7 h3)
=21Kimiko EzakaJPN5:26.8 (7 h1)
=21Eiko WadaJPN5:26.8 (8 h1)
DNSMargaret IwasakiCAN– (DNS h3)

Round One (31 August 1960 — 21:30)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One

14Chris von SaltzaUSA4:53.6QOR
25Tineke LagerbergNED4:57.0Q
33Bibbi SegerströmSWE4:57.6Q
46Gisela WeißGER5:08.6
52Judy SamuelGBR5:12.9
67Paola SainiITA5:13.1
71Kimiko EzakaJPN5:26.8
88Eiko WadaJPN5:26.8

Heat Two

14Ilsa KonradsAUS4:59.2Q
23Corrie SchimmelNED5:00.1Q
36Héda FrostFRA5:00.6
45Carolyn HouseUSA5:00.7
52Hillary WilsonRHO5:16.8
68María Luisa SouzaMEX5:21.3
71Sigrid MüllerAUT5:25.1

Heat Three

15Jane CederqvistSWE4:55.6Q
23Nan RaeGBR4:55.7Q
34Dawn FraserAUS4:57.6Q
46Ursel BrunnerGER5:05.3
57Welleda VeschiITA5:18.3
61Mária FrankHUN5:21.9
78Blanca BarrónMEX5:26.4
DNS2Margaret IwasakiCAN

Final (1 September 1960)

14Chris von SaltzaUSA4:50.6OR
25Jane CederqvistSWE4:53.9
36Tineke LagerbergNED4:56.9
41Ilsa KonradsAUS4:57.9
52Dawn FraserAUS4:58.5
63Nan RaeGBR4:59.7
78Corrie SchimmelNED5:02.3
87Bibbi SegerströmSWE5:02.4