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200 metres Breaststroke, Women

Date11 – 12 October 1964
LocationKokuritsu Yoyogi Kyogijo, Shibuya, Tokyo
Participants27 from 15 countries

The defending champion was Anita Lonsbrough of Great Britain, who was in Tokyo, but elected to swim only the 400 individual medley. She would not have been favored, that accolade going to Ukrainian Soviet Galina Prozumenshchikova, who had set two world records earlier in 1964, posting 2:45.4 in Berlin in August, the current mark. Other challengers were thought to be Soviet Svetlana Babanina and the Netherlands’ Klena Bimolt, both of whom had gone under 2:47 in the Olympic year. This is not usually the best event for American swimmers, their top entrant this year being Claudia Kolb, who was only 14-years-old. The final was led for 50 metres by East German Bärbel Grimmer, but Prozumenshchikova swept past to lead at 100 metres. She held on to win, but Kolb closed fast for a surprising silver medal, trailed by Babanina in third. Grimmer faded to sixth, followed by Bimolt in seventh. Prozumenshchikova would win bronze medals in this event in 1968 and 1972. Kolb would return to the Olympics in 1968 to win gold in the 200 and 400 individual medleys.

1Galina ProzumenshchikovaURS2:49.0 (2 h2)2:46.4 (1)Gold
2Claudia KolbUSA2:49.7 (3 h3)2:47.6 (2)Silver
3Svetlana BabaninaURS2:48.3 (1 h3)2:48.6 (3)Bronze
4Stella MitchellGBR2:48.8 (2 h3)2:49.0 (4)
5Jill SlatteryGBR2:50.2 (1 h4)2:49.6 (5)
6Bärbel GrimmerGER2:48.6 (1 h2)2:51.0 (6)
7Klenie BimoltNED2:50.7 (1 h1)2:51.3 (7)
8Ursula KüperGER2:50.1 (4 h3)2:53.9 (8)
9Marguerite RuygrokAUS2:53.1 (2 h1)
10Wiltrud UrselmannGER2:53.2 (3 h1)
11Vivien HaddonNZL2:53.4 (2 h4)
12Truus LooijsNED2:54.5 (3 h4)
13Jackie EnfieldGBR2:54.9 (3 h2)
14Tammy HazletonUSA2:55.0 (4 h1)
15Gretta KokNED2:55.4 (4 h2)
16Isabel CastañeESP2:55.7 (5 h3)
17Noriko YamamotoJPN2:57.0 (5 h1)
18Sandy NittaUSA2:58.4 (4 h4)
19Christl FilippovitsAUT2:59.2 (5 h4)
20Linda McGillAUS2:59.4 (6 h3)
21Yoshiko MorizaneJPN2:59.9 (6 h4)
22Susana PeperARG3:00.0 (5 h2)
23Zsuzsa KovácsHUN3:06.7 (6 h1)
24Marny JollyMAS3:11.0 (7 h3)
25Margaret HardingPUR3:16.0 (7 h1)
26Li Hin YuHKG3:22.2 (7 h4)
ACChristine BarnetsonAUS– (AC h2)DQ
DNSMárta EgerváryHUN– (DNS h2)

Round One (11 October 1964 — 13:20)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One

11Klenie BimoltNED2:50.7Q
27Marguerite RuygrokAUS2:53.1
36Wiltrud UrselmannGER2:53.2
44Tammy HazletonUSA2:55.0
53Noriko YamamotoJPN2:57.0
65Zsuzsa KovácsHUN3:06.7
72Margaret HardingPUR3:16.0

Heat Two

14Bärbel GrimmerGER2:48.6QOR
21Galina ProzumenshchikovaURS2:49.0Q
37Jackie EnfieldGBR2:54.9
45Gretta KokNED2:55.4
56Susana PeperARG3:00.0
AC3Christine BarnetsonAUSDQ
DNS2Márta EgerváryHUN

Heat Three

11Svetlana BabaninaURS2:48.3QOR
27Stella MitchellGBR2:48.8Q
36Claudia KolbUSA2:49.7Q
43Ursula KüperGER2:50.1Q
55Isabel CastañeESP2:55.7
64Linda McGillAUS2:59.4
72Marny JollyMAS3:11.0

Heat Four

12Jill SlatteryGBR2:50.2Q
21Vivien HaddonNZL2:53.4
33Truus LooijsNED2:54.5
46Sandy NittaUSA2:58.4
55Christl FilippovitsAUT2:59.2
67Yoshiko MorizaneJPN2:59.9
74Li Hin YuHKG3:22.2

Final (12 October 1964 — 20:20)

16Galina ProzumenshchikovaURS2:46.4OR
22Claudia KolbUSA2:47.6
34Svetlana BabaninaURS2:48.6
43Stella MitchellGBR2:49.0
51Jill SlatteryGBR2:49.6
65Bärbel GrimmerGER2:51.0
78Klenie BimoltNED2:51.3
87Ursula KüperGER2:53.9