Swimming at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre freestyle

The men's 200 metre freestyle event at the 1968 Olympic Games took place 24 October.[1] This swimming event used freestyle swimming, which means that the method of the stroke is not regulated (unlike backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly events). Nearly all swimmers use the front crawl or a variant of that stroke. Because an Olympic-size swimming pool is 50 metres long, this race consisted of four lengths of the pool.

Medalists

GoldMike Wenden
 Australia
SilverDon Schollander
 United States
BronzeJohn Nelson
 United States

Results

Heats

Heat 1

RankAthleteCountryTimeNote
1John Nelson United States1:59.5
2Wolfgang Kremer West Germany2:02.1
3Mark Anderson Australia2:02.2
4Noboru Waseda Japan2:03.4
5Gary Goodner Puerto Rico2:06.6
6Salvador Vilanova El Salvador2:14.6

Heat 2

RankAthleteCountryTimeNote
1Mike Wenden Australia1:59.3
2Bob Windle Australia2:01.0
3Władysław Wojtakajtis Poland2:06.0
4Mátyás Borlói Hungary2:06.5
5Amnon Krauz Israel2:09.3
6Gregorio Fiallo Cuba2:10.5

Heat 3

RankAthleteCountryTimeNote
1Sandy Gilchrist Canada2:01.8
2Lester Eriksson Sweden2:02.1
3Gilles Moreau France2:02.7
4Satoru Nakano Japan2:05.5
5Federico Sicard Colombia2:11.1
6José Martínez Cuba2:16.1

Heat 4

RankAthleteCountryTimeNote
1Don Schollander United States2:00.0
2Luis Nicolao Argentina2:01.8
3Johan Schans Netherlands2:04.1
4Gunnar Larsson Sweden2:04.9
5Elt Drenth Netherlands2:05.6
6Georgijs Kuļikovs Soviet Union2:08.3
7Ronnie Wong Hong Kong2:15.0
8Angus Edghill Barbados2:19.1

Heat 5

RankAthleteCountryTimeNote
1Steve Rerych United States2:00.6
2Semyon Belits-Geyman Soviet Union2:01.2
3Pano Capéronis Switzerland2:04.9
4Ørjan Madsen Norway2:05.4
5Ricardo González Colombia2:05.8
6Tony Jarvis Great Britain2:09.3
7Bob Loh Hong Kong2:16.2

Heat 6

RankAthleteCountryTimeNote
1Alain Mosconi France2:00.1
2Leonid Ilyichov Soviet Union2:01.3
3George Smith Canada2:03.2
4Roosevelt Abdulgafur Philippines2:04.8
5Fernando González Ecuador2:07.3
6Werner Krammel West Germany2:07.9
7Ramiro Benavides Guatemala2:11.7
8José Alvarado El Salvador2:20.2

Heat 7

RankAthleteCountryTimeNote
1Juan Carlos Bello Peru2:01.3
2Julio Arango Colombia2:03.1
3Zbigniew Pacelt Poland2:06.3
4Jorge González Puerto Rico2:09.1
5Csaba Csatlós Hungary2:10.0
6Gábor Kucsera Hungary2:12.8

Heat 8

RankAthleteCountryTimeNote
1Ralph Hutton Canada2:00.0
2Olaf, Baron von Schilling West Germany2:01.7
3Tony Asamali Philippines2:06.2
4Ingvar Eriksson Sweden2:10.0
5Andrew Loh Hong Kong2:15.8

Heat 9

RankAthleteCountryTimeNote
1Michel Rousseau France2:01.5
2Kunihiro Iwasaki Japan2:02.1
3Aad Oudt Netherlands2:06.6
4Luis Ayesa Philippines2:12.2
5Ernesto Durón El Salvador2:24.1

Final

RankAthleteCountryTimeNotes
Mike Wenden Australia1:55.2OR
Don Schollander United States1:55.8
John Nelson United States1:58.1
4Ralph Hutton Canada1:58.6
5Alain Mosconi France1:59.1
6Bob Windle Australia2:00.9
7Semyon Belits-Geiman Soviet Union2:01.5

Key: OR = Olympic record

References

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