| Event type

100 metres Backstroke, Women

Date1 – 3 September 1960
LocationStadio Olimpico del Nuoto, Roma
Participants30 from 19 countries

In 1960 the United States’ Lynn Burke had broken the world record for this event four times, capped at the US Trials in Detroit, when she bettered it in both the heats and the final, leaving it at 1:09.2 coming into Rome. Heavily favored for the gold medal, she approached the world record in the heats with 1:09.4, and won the final easily in 1:09.3. Burke would win another gold medal in Rome as a member of the winning medley relay team.

1Lynn BurkeUSA1:09.4 (1 h2)1:09.3 (1)Gold
2Natalie StewardGBR1:12.0 (3 h3)1:10.8 (2)Silver
3Satoko TanakaJPN1:11.5 (2 h3)1:11.4 (3)Bronze
4Laura RanwellRSA1:12.0 (1 h1)1:11.4 (4)
5Rosy PiacentiniFRA1:12.2 (2 h4)1:11.4 (5)
6Sylvia LewisGBR1:12.2 (1 h4)1:11.8 (6)
7Ria van VelsenNED1:11.1 (1 h3)1:12.1 (7)
8Nadine DelacheFRA1:12.5 (2 h1)1:12.4 (8)
9Ethel Ward PetersenDEN1:12.6 (2 h2)
10Larisa ViktorovaURS1:12.8 (3 h1)
11Ingrid SchmidtGER1:13.1 (3 h2)
12Helga SchmidtGER1:13.3 (4 h3)
13Sara BarberCAN1:13.4 (4 h1)
14Gerganiya BeckittAUS1:13.7 (5 h1)
=15Marilyn WilsonAUS1:13.8 (4 h2)
=15Nina HarmarUSA1:13.8 (3 h4)
17Rini DobberNED1:14.2 (5 h2)
18Kirsten MichaelsenDEN1:14.3 (4 h4)
19Lyudmila KlipovaURS1:14.5 (6 h2)
20Dottie SutcliffeRHO1:15.2 (5 h4)
21Magda DávidHUN1:15.7 (5 h3)
22Lynette CooperRHO1:15.8 (6 h1)
23Arlette FaidigaITA1:18.5 (6 h3)
24Anneliese RockenbachVEN1:18.6 (7 h1)
25Doris VetterliSUI1:19.6 (7 h2)
26Daniela SerpilliITA1:20.3 (6 h4)
27Anne Van ParijsBEL1:20.4 (7 h3)
28Lore TrittnerAUT1:20.8 (7 h4)
29Anna TemesváriHUN1:21.5 (8 h1)
30Simone TheisLUX1:23.9 (8 h2)

Round One (1 September 1960 — 20:50)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One

12Laura RanwellRSA1:12.0QOR
23Nadine DelacheFRA1:12.5Q
35Larisa ViktorovaURS1:12.8
44Sara BarberCAN1:13.4
56Gerganiya BeckittAUS1:13.7
67Lynette CooperRHO1:15.8
78Anneliese RockenbachVEN1:18.6
81Anna TemesváriHUN1:21.5

Heat Two

14Lynn BurkeUSA1:09.4QOR
27Ethel Ward PetersenDEN1:12.6
35Ingrid SchmidtGER1:13.1
42Marilyn WilsonAUS1:13.8
53Rini DobberNED1:14.2
66Lyudmila KlipovaURS1:14.5
71Doris VetterliSUI1:19.6
88Simone TheisLUX1:23.9

Heat Three

14Ria van VelsenNED1:11.1Q
26Satoko TanakaJPN1:11.5Q
35Natalie StewardGBR1:12.0Q
43Helga SchmidtGER1:13.3
52Magda DávidHUN1:15.7
61Arlette FaidigaITA1:18.5
77Anne Van ParijsBEL1:20.4

Heat Four

13Sylvia LewisGBR1:12.2Q
24Rosy PiacentiniFRA1:12.2Q
35Nina HarmarUSA1:13.8
46Kirsten MichaelsenDEN1:14.3
51Dottie SutcliffeRHO1:15.2
62Daniela SerpilliITA1:20.3
77Lore TrittnerAUT1:20.8

Final (3 September 1960 — 20:30)

14Lynn BurkeUSA1:09.3OR
22Natalie StewardGBR1:10.8
33Satoko TanakaJPN1:11.4
46Laura RanwellRSA1:11.4
51Rosy PiacentiniFRA1:11.4
67Sylvia LewisGBR1:11.8
75Ria van VelsenNED1:12.1
88Nadine DelacheFRA1:12.4