| Event type

100 metres Freestyle, Women

Date12 – 13 October 1964
LocationKokuritsu Yoyogi Kyogijo, Shibuya, Tokyo
Participants44 from 22 countries

Dawn Fraser had won this event in 1956 and 1960, was the only female to have bettered one minute, and had set the last nine world records at this distance, capped by 58.9 in Sydney in February of the Olympic year. But only weeks later she was involved in a car accident and broke a vertebra in her back, and spent six weeks in a body cast. She recovered, but was expected to be challenged in Tokyo by 15-year-old Sharon Stouder of the USA. In the final Fraser led by ½-a-metre at the turn, but was soon caught by Stouder at 70 metres. But Fraser finished stronger and finished in 59.5 to win her third consecutive gold, Stouder coming across in 59.9, the second women to better one minute for the race. This made Fraser the first Olympic swimmer to win the same event at three straight Olympics.

A few days later, while still celebrating, Fraser led a midnight raid on an Olympic Flag near the Emperor’s Palace. She was arrested but when they learned who it was, the Emperor dropped the charges and gave her the flag as a gift. However, Australia swimming authorities suspended her for 10 years, although this was later softened to a 4-year ban, which did not matter as she retired after Tokyo.

1Dawn FraserAUS1:00.6 (1 h5)59.9 (1 h1)59.5 (1)Gold
2Sharon StouderUSA1:02.3 (1 h6)1:01.4 (1 h2)59.9 (2)Silver
3Kathy EllisUSA1:01.5 (1 h1)1:02.5 (3 h2)1:00.8 (3)Bronze
4Erica TerpstraNED1:02.5 (1 h4)1:02.3 (2 h2)1:01.8 (4)
5Marion LayCAN1:02.1 (2 h5)1:02.2 (2 h1)1:02.2 (5)
6Csilla Madarász-DobayHUN1:02.5 (3 h6)1:02.4 (4 h1)1:02.4 (6)
7Ann-Christine HagbergSWE1:02.5 (1 h2)1:02.8 (4 h2)1:02.5 (7)
8Lyn BellAUS1:02.4 (2 h6)1:02.3 (3 h1)1:02.7 (8)
=9Daniela BeneckITA1:03.2 (3 h1)1:02.9 (6 h1)
=9Jeanne HallockUSA1:03.6 (1 h3)1:02.9 (5 h1)
11Judit TuróczyHUN1:02.9 (2 h4)1:03.0 (7 h1)
12Martina GrunertGER1:03.1 (2 h1)1:03.1 (5 h2)
13Katalin TakácsHUN1:03.5 (3 h5)1:03.3 (6 h2)
=14Robyn ThornAUS1:03.7 (2 h3)1:03.9 (8 h1)
=14Ann-Charlotte LiljaSWE1:03.7 (4 h6)1:03.9 (7 h2)
16Ulla JäfvertSWE1:03.8 (3 h4)1:04.6 (8 h2)
17Rita SchumacherGER1:03.5 (2 h2)
18Winnie van WeerdenburgNED1:03.8 (4 h1)
19Nataliya BystrovaURS1:04.0 (4 h4)
=20Helen KennedyCAN1:04.2 (5 h6)
=20Nataliya UstinovaURS1:04.2 (3 h3)
22Anneliese RockenbachVEN1:04.3 (3 h2)
23Paola SainiITA1:04.4 (4 h2)
24Ryoko UrakamiJPN1:04.5 (5 h1)
25Sandra KeenGBR1:04.7 (5 h2)
26Toyoko KimuraJPN1:04.8 (4 h5)
27Diana WilkinsonGBR1:05.0 (5 h4)
28Mary Beth StewartCAN1:05.1 (6 h1)
29Toos BeumerNED1:05.2 (6 h2)
30Kirsten StrangeDEN1:05.3 (4 h3)
31Traudi BeierleinGER1:05.4 (5 h3)
32Marilyn SidelskyZIM1:05.5 (5 h5)
33Monique PiétriFRA1:05.8 (6 h3)
34Mara SacchiITA1:05.9 (6 h4)
35Linda AmosGBR1:06.1 (6 h5)
=36Hrafnhildur GuðmundsdóttirISL1:06.4 (7 h4)
=36Miyoko AzumaJPN1:06.4 (6 h6)
38Rita PulidoESP1:06.7 (7 h5)
39Ann LallandePUR1:06.8 (7 h2)
40Christl PaukerlAUT1:07.3 (7 h3)
41Rosario de VivancoPER1:09.0 (8 h4)
42Margaret HardingPUR1:11.7 (8 h5)
43Jovina TsengMAS1:13.9 (7 h6)
44Im Geum-JaKOR1:16.1 (7 h1)

Round One (12 October 1964 — 11:10)

Fastest 16 advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

17Kathy EllisUSA1:01.5Q
22Martina GrunertGER1:03.1Q
36Daniela BeneckITA1:03.2Q
44Winnie van WeerdenburgNED1:03.8
53Ryoko UrakamiJPN1:04.5
61Mary Beth StewartCAN1:05.1
75Im Geum-JaKOR1:16.1

Heat Two

15Ann-Christine HagbergSWE1:02.5Q
27Rita SchumacherGER1:03.5
33Anneliese RockenbachVEN1:04.3
46Paola SainiITA1:04.4
54Sandra KeenGBR1:04.7
62Toos BeumerNED1:05.2
71Ann LallandePUR1:06.8

Heat Three

13Jeanne HallockUSA1:03.6Q
27Robyn ThornAUS1:03.7Q
35Nataliya UstinovaURS1:04.2
44Kirsten StrangeDEN1:05.3
56Traudi BeierleinGER1:05.4
62Monique PiétriFRA1:05.8
71Christl PaukerlAUT1:07.3

Heat Four

12Erica TerpstraNED1:02.5Q
24Judit TuróczyHUN1:02.9Q
31Ulla JäfvertSWE1:03.8Q
45Nataliya BystrovaURS1:04.0
57Diana WilkinsonGBR1:05.0
63Mara SacchiITA1:05.9
78Hrafnhildur GuðmundsdóttirISL1:06.4
86Rosario de VivancoPER1:09.0

Heat Five

17Dawn FraserAUS1:00.6QOR
24Marion LayCAN1:02.1Q
32Katalin TakácsHUN1:03.5Q
48Toyoko KimuraJPN1:04.8
56Marilyn SidelskyZIM1:05.5
61Linda AmosGBR1:06.1
75Rita PulidoESP1:06.7
83Margaret HardingPUR1:11.7

Heat Six

16Sharon StouderUSA1:02.3Q
25Lyn BellAUS1:02.4Q
37Csilla Madarász-DobayHUN1:02.5Q
44Ann-Charlotte LiljaSWE1:03.7Q
51Helen KennedyCAN1:04.2
62Miyoko AzumaJPN1:06.4
78Jovina TsengMAS1:13.9

Semi-Finals (12 October 1964 — 20:00)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One

14Dawn FraserAUS59.9QOR
25Marion LayCAN1:02.2Q
33Lyn BellAUS1:02.3Q
46Csilla Madarász-DobayHUN1:02.4Q
51Jeanne HallockUSA1:02.9
67Daniela BeneckITA1:02.9
72Judit TuróczyHUN1:03.0
88Robyn ThornAUS1:03.9

Heat Two

15Sharon StouderUSA1:01.4Q
23Erica TerpstraNED1:02.3Q
34Kathy EllisUSA1:02.5Q
46Ann-Christine HagbergSWE1:02.8Q
52Martina GrunertGER1:03.1
67Katalin TakácsHUN1:03.3
71Ann-Charlotte LiljaSWE1:03.9
88Ulla JäfvertSWE1:04.6

Final (13 October 1964 — 20:00)

14Dawn FraserAUS59.5OR
25Sharon StouderUSA59.9
31Kathy EllisUSA1:00.8
42Erica TerpstraNED1:01.8
53Marion LayCAN1:02.2
67Csilla Madarász-DobayHUN1:02.4
78Ann-Christine HagbergSWE1:02.5
86Lyn BellAUS1:02.7