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200 metres Breaststroke, Women

Date26 – 27 August 1960
LocationStadio Olimpico del Nuoto, Roma
Participants29 from 19 countries

This event was unusual in Rome as the favorites were not from the United States or Australia. In 1959 Britain’s Anita Lonsbrough had set the world record with 2:50.3, only to see it bettered in June 1960 by German Wiltrud Urselmann. The event had been changed since the Melbourne Olympics with underwater swimming banned on 30 April 1957, and the times were now slower than they had been previously. The final in Rome was closely fought between the two favorites with Urselmann leading early but Lonsbrough surged in the last 25 metres to come out on top in the world record time of 2:49.5.

1Anita LonsbroughGBR2:53.3 (1 h2)2:49.5 (1)Gold
2Wiltrud UrselmannGER2:52.0 (1 h3)2:50.0 (2)Silver
3Barbara GöbelGER2:54.2 (1 h1)2:53.6 (3)Bronze
4Ada den HaanNED2:54.0 (1 h4)2:54.4 (4)
5Gretta KokNED2:55.2 (2 h3)2:54.6 (5)
6Anne WarnerUSA2:56.3 (2 h4)2:55.4 (6)
7Patty KempnerUSA2:55.5 (3 h3)2:55.5 (7)
8Dorrit KristensenDEN2:56.2 (4 h3)2:55.7 (8)
9Christine GosdenGBR2:56.9 (5 h3)
10Elena ZennaroITA2:57.0 (3 h4)
11Rosemary LassigAUS2:57.4 (2 h1)
12Yoshiko TakamatsuJPN2:57.6 (3 h1)
13Klára Killermann-BartosHUN2:58.7 (2 h2)
14Barbro ErikssonSWE2:59.8 (3 h2)
15Inge AndersenDEN2:59.9 (4 h4)
16Janet HoganAUS3:00.3 (5 h4)
17Amélie MirkowitchFRA3:01.5 (4 h2)
18Marta KadlecováTCH3:01.7 (6 h4)
19Michèle PialatFRA3:02.2 (4 h1)
20Christl FilippovitsAUT3:02.6 (5 h2)
21Lyudmila KorobovaURS3:02.7 (6 h2)
22Eve MaurerURS3:03.1 (5 h1)
23Meg MinersRHO3:05.2 (6 h1)
24Judith McHaleCAN3:07.7 (6 h3)
25Christl WöberAUT3:09.3 (7 h1)
26Luciana MarcelliniITA3:09.8 (7 h2)
27Maya HungerbühlerSUI3:10.1 (8 h1)
28Isabel CastañeESP3:10.4 (7 h3)
29Regina VelosoPOR3:13.3 (7 h4)
DNSSuzette SchmidlinSUI– (DNS h3)

Round One (26 August 1960 — 9:55)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One

14Barbara GöbelGER2:54.2QOR
23Rosemary LassigAUS2:57.4
35Yoshiko TakamatsuJPN2:57.6
42Michèle PialatFRA3:02.2
56Eve MaurerURS3:03.1
61Meg MinersRHO3:05.2
77Christl WöberAUT3:09.3
88Maya HungerbühlerSUI3:10.1

Heat Two

14Anita LonsbroughGBR2:53.3QOR
25Klára Killermann-BartosHUN2:58.7
33Barbro ErikssonSWE2:59.8
46Amélie MirkowitchFRA3:01.5
52Christl FilippovitsAUT3:02.6
67Lyudmila KorobovaURS3:02.7
71Luciana MarcelliniITA3:09.8

Heat Three

14Wiltrud UrselmannGER2:52.0QOR
25Gretta KokNED2:55.2Q
32Patty KempnerUSA2:55.5Q
46Dorrit KristensenDEN2:56.2Q
53Christine GosdenGBR2:56.9
67Judith McHaleCAN3:07.7
78Isabel CastañeESP3:10.4
DNS1Suzette SchmidlinSUI

Heat Four

15Ada den HaanNED2:54.0Q
24Anne WarnerUSA2:56.3Q
37Elena ZennaroITA2:57.0
46Inge AndersenDEN2:59.9
52Janet HoganAUS3:00.3
63Marta KadlecováTCH3:01.7
71Regina VelosoPOR3:13.3

Final (27 August 1960 — 21:25)

15Anita LonsbroughGBR2:49.5WR
24Wiltrud UrselmannGER2:50.0
36Barbara GöbelGER2:53.6
43Ada den HaanNED2:54.4
52Gretta KokNED2:54.6
68Anne WarnerUSA2:55.4
77Patty KempnerUSA2:55.5
81Dorrit KristensenDEN2:55.7