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Swimming at the
1956 Summer Olympics
Swimming pictogram.svg
Freestyle
100 m men   women
400 m men   women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men   women
Breaststroke
200 m men   women
Butterfly
100 m   women
200 m men
Freestyle relay
4×100 m   women
4×200 m men  

At the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, 13 swimming events were contested, seven for men and six for women. There was a total of 235 participants from 33 countries competing. For the first time, the butterfly stroke was contested as a separate event. Australia dominated the medal standings with a total of 14 medals.

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Medal table

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Australia (AUS) 8 4 2 14
2  United States (USA) 2 4 5 11
3  Japan (JPN) 1 4 0 5
4  Great Britain (GBR) 1 0 1 2
 Germany (EUA) 1 0 1 2
6  Hungary (HUN) 0 1 1 2
7  Soviet Union (URS) 0 0 2 2
8  South Africa (RSA) 0 0 1 1

Medal summary

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Men's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 m freestyle Flag of Australia.svg Jon Henricks
Australia (AUS)
55.4 (WR) Flag of Australia.svg John Devitt
Australia (AUS)
55.8 Flag of Australia.svg Gary Chapman
Australia (AUS)
56.7
400 m freestyle Flag of Australia.svg Murray Rose
Australia (AUS)
4:27.3 (WR) Merchant flag of Japan (1870).svg Tsuyoshi Yamanaka
Japan (JPN)
4:30.4 US flag 48 stars.svg George Breen
United States (USA)
4:32.5
1500 m freestyle Flag of Australia.svg Murray Rose
Australia (AUS)
17:58.9 Merchant flag of Japan (1870).svg Tsuyoshi Yamanaka
Japan (JPN)
18:00.3 US flag 48 stars.svg George Breen
United States (USA)
18:08.2
100 m backstroke Flag of Australia.svg David Theile
Australia (AUS)
1:02.2 (WR) Flag of Australia.svg John Monckton
Australia (AUS)
1:03.2 US flag 48 stars.svg Frank McKinney
United States (USA)
1:04.5
200 m breaststroke Merchant flag of Japan (1870).svg Masaru Furukawa
Japan (JPN)
2:34.7 Merchant flag of Japan (1870).svg Masahiro Yoshimura
Japan (JPN)
2:36.7 Flag of the Soviet Union 1955.svg Kharis Yunichev
Soviet Union (URS)
2:36.8
200 m butterfly US flag 48 stars.svg William Yorzyk
United States (USA)
2:19.3 Merchant flag of Japan (1870).svg Takashi Ishimoto
Japan (JPN)
2:23.8 Civil Ensign of Hungary.svg György Tumpek
Hungary (HUN)
2:23.9
4×200 m freestyle relay  Australia (AUS)
Kevin O'Halloran
John Devitt
Murray Rose
Jon Henricks
8:23.6 (WR)  United States (USA)
Dick Hanley
George Breen
Bill Woolsey
Ford Konno
8:31.5  Soviet Union (URS)
Vitali Sorokin
Vladimir Struzhanov
Gennadi Nikolaev
Boris Nikitin
8:34.7

Women's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 m freestyle Flag of Australia.svg Dawn Fraser
Australia (AUS)
1:02.0 (WR) Flag of Australia.svg Lorraine Crapp
Australia (AUS)
1:02.3 Flag of Australia.svg Faith Leech
Australia (AUS)
1:05.1
400 m freestyle Flag of Australia.svg Lorraine Crapp
Australia (AUS)
4:54.6 (OR) Flag of Australia.svg Dawn Fraser
Australia (AUS)
5:02.5 US flag 48 stars.svg Sylvia Ruuska
United States (USA)
5:07.1
100 m backstroke Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Judith Grinham
Great Britain (GBR)
1:12.9 (WR) US flag 48 stars.svg Carin Cone
United States (USA)
1:12.9 (=WR) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Margaret Edwards
Great Britain (GBR)
1:13.1
200 m breaststroke Flag of Germany-1960-Olympics.svg Ursula Happe
Germany (EUA)
2:53.1 (OR) Civil Ensign of Hungary.svg Éva Székely
Hungary (HUN)
2:54.8 Flag of Germany-1960-Olympics.svg Eva-Maria Elsen
Germany (EUA)
2:55.1
100 m butterfly US flag 48 stars.svg Shelley Mann
United States (USA)
1:11.0 (OR) US flag 48 stars.svg Nancy Ramey
United States (USA)
1:11.9 US flag 48 stars.svg Mary Sears
United States (USA)
1:14.4
4×100 m freestyle relay  Australia (AUS)
Dawn Fraser
Faith Leech
Sandra Morgan
Lorraine Crapp
4:17.1 (WR)  United States (USA)
Sylvia Ruuska
Shelley Mann
Nancy Simons
Joan Alderson-Rosazza
4:19.2  South Africa (RSA)
Natalie Myburgh
Susan Roberts
Moira Abernethy
Jeanette Myburgh
4:25.7

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