Swimming at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre backstroke

The women's 100 metre backstroke event at the 1956 Olympic Games took place December 5.[1] This swimming event used backstroke. 23 swimmers from 14 countries competed in this swimming event. Because an Olympic-size swimming pool is 50 metres long, this race consisted of two lengths of the pool.


GoldJudy Grinham
 Great Britain
SilverCarin Cone
 United States
BronzeMargaret Edwards
 Great Britain



Eight fastest swimmers advanced to the finals.

Heat 1

1Judy Grinham Great Britain1:13.1Q
2Maria Both Romania1:15.8
3Liudmyla Klipova Soviet Union1:16.1
4Mary Anne Marchino United States1:16.2
5Elżbieta Gellner Poland1:16.2
6Pam Singleton Australia1:17.0
7Lenora Fisher Canada1:17.5
8Ginette Jany-Sendral France1:19.1

Heat 2

1Carin Cone United States1:13.9Q
2Gerganiya Beckitt Australia1:14.8Q
3Julie Hoyle Great Britain1:15.0Q
4Éva Pajor Hungary1:15.3
5Jean Stewart New Zealand1:15.4
6Moira Abernethy South Africa1:15.4
7Jocelyn von Giese Philippines1:20.0

Heat 3

1Margaret Edwards Great Britain1:13.0Q
2Sara Barber Canada1:14.3Q
3Helga Schmidt-Neuber United Team of Germany1:14.8Q
4Maureen Murphy United States1:14.8Q
5Patricia Huntingford Australia1:16.0
6Philippa Gould New Zealand1:17.5
7Judit Temes Hungary1:17.6
8Martha Gultom Indonesia1:21.7


Judy Grinham Great Britain1:12.9WR
Carin Cone United States1:12.9=WR
Margaret Edwards Great Britain1:13.1
4Helga Schmidt-Neuber United Team of Germany1:13.4
5Maureen Murphy United States1:14.1
6Julie Hoyle Great Britain1:14.3
7Sara Barber Canada1:14.3
8Gerganiya Beckitt Australia1:14.7

Key: WR = World record


  1. "Swimming at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games: Women's 100 metres Backstroke". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 7 October 2016.