Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre freestyle

The men's 100 metre freestyle event at the 1972 Olympic Games took place between September 2 and 3.[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 two lengths of the pool.


GoldMark Spitz
 United States
SilverJerry Heidenreich
 United States
BronzeVladimir Bure
 Soviet Union



16 fastest swimmer from seven heats advanced to semifinal.

Heat 1

1Ruy de Oliveira Brazil54.26
2Gilles Vigne France54.34
3Wilfried Hartung East Germany54.37
4Malcolm Windeatt Great Britain54.70
5Geoffrey Ferreira Trinidad and Tobago56.27
6Roberto Strauss Mexico56.78

Heat 2

1Igor Grivennikov Soviet Union53.64Q
2Colin Herring New Zealand54.41
3Alain Hermitte France54.57
4István Szentirmay Hungary54.71
5Antonio Ferracuti El Salvador56.69
6Sandro Rudan Yugoslavia56.91
7Bruno Bassoul Lebanon1:00.8

Heat 3

1Vladimir Bure Soviet Union52.87Q
2Jorge Comas Spain53.70Q
3José Aranha Brazil54.06Q
4Hanspeter Würmli Switzerland55.08
5Neil Rogers Australia55.32
6Samnang Prak Cambodia59.18

Heat 4

1Michel Rousseau France52.93Q
2Kersten Meier West Germany53.96Q
3Greg Rogers Australia53.98Q
4Hartmut Flöckner East Germany54.36
5Bruce Robertson Canada54.76
6Feridun Aybars Turkey59.32

Heat 5

1John Murphy United States53.07Q
2Georgijs Kuļikovs Soviet Union53.78Q
3Peter Bruch East Germany54.25Q
4Paulo Zanetti Brazil54.97
5Brian Brinkley Great Britain55.06
6Zbigniew Pacelt Poland55.97
7Andrew Hunter Ireland56.09
8Abdullah Abdulrahman Kuwait1:03.94

Heat 6

1Jerry Heidenreich United States52.38Q
2Brian Phillips Canada53.75Q
3Bob Kasting Canada54.07Q
4Gerhard Schiller West Germany54.28
5Attila Császári Hungary55.37
6Finnur Garðarsson Iceland55.97
7Salvador Vilanova El Salvador56.57
8Wong Ronnie Hong Kong57.53

Heat 7

1Mike Wenden Australia52.34Q
2Mark Spitz United States52.46Q
3Klaus Steinbach West Germany52.91Q
4Fritz Warncke Norway54.41
5Roberto Pangaro Italy54.74
6Marian Slavic Romania55.35
7Jorge van Balen Venezuela57.20


Top three swimmers in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

1Jerry Heidenreich United States52.31Q
2Igor Grivennikov Soviet Union52.55Q
3Vladimir Bure Soviet Union52.60Q
4Michel Rousseau France52.82q
5José Aranha Brazil53.47
6Brian Phillips Canada53.73
7Peter Bruch East Germany53.97
8Kersten Meier West Germany54.35

Semifinal 2

1Mike Wenden Australia52.32Q
2Mark Spitz United States52.43Q
3Klaus Steinbach West Germany52.87Q
4John Murphy United States53.17q
5Bob Kasting Canada53.62
6Georgijs Kuļikovs Soviet Union53.68
7Jorge Comas Spain53.92
8Greg Rogers Australia54.26


Mark Spitz United States51.22WR
Jerry Heidenreich United States51.65
Vladimir Bure Soviet Union51.77
4John Murphy United States52.08
5Mike Wenden Australia52.41
6Igor Grivennikov Soviet Union52.44
7Michel Rousseau France52.90
8Klaus Steinbach West Germany52.92

Key: WR = World record


  1. "Swimming at the 1972 Munich Summer Games: Men's 100 metres Freestyle". Sports Reference. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
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