Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre freestyle

The men's 200 metre freestyle event at the 1972 Olympic Games took place August 29.[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.


GoldMark Spitz
 United States
SilverSteve Genter
 United States
BronzeWerner Lampe
 West Germany



8 fastest swimmer from seven heats advanced to final.

Heat 1

1Mike Wenden Australia1:56.66Q
2Robert Nay Australia1:57.69
3Viktor Mazanov Soviet Union1:57.92
4Hans Ljungberg Sweden1:59.42
5Alfredo Machado Brazil2:00.14

Heat 2

1Vladimir Bure Soviet Union1:56.15Q
2Georgijs Kuļikovs Soviet Union1:57.04
3Pierre Caland France2:00.75
4Michael Bailey Great Britain2:00.79
5Zbigniew Pacelt Poland2:01.28
6Arnaldo Cinquetti Italy2:01.78

Heat 3

1Werner Lampe West Germany1:55.97Q
2Graham White Australia1:58.60
3John Mills Great Britain2:00.17
4Fritz Warncke Norway2:00.98
5Kamal Kenawi Ali Moustafa Egypt2:05.30
6Luis Ayesa Philippines2:05.97

Heat 4

1Klaus Steinbach West Germany1:55.80Q
2Wilfried Hartung East Germany1:56.95
3Gerardo Vera Venezuela1:57.33
4Olaf, Baron von Schilling West Germany2:00.27
5Bernt Zarnowiecki Sweden2:01.34
6Riccardo Targetti Italy2:02.58
7Fawzi Burhma Kuwait2:33.75

Heat 5

1Fred Tyler United States1:56.04Q
2Peter Bruch East Germany1:58.49
3Bruce Robertson Canada1:59.02
4Marian Slavic Romania2:00.23
5Colin Herring New Zealand2:00.29
6Ian MacKenzie Canada2:01.22
7Hanspeter Würmli Switzerland2:03.14
8Roberto Strauss Mexico2:03.57

Heat 6

1Steve Genter United States1:55.42Q
2Brian Brinkley Great Britain1:56.99
3Peter Prijdekker Netherlands1:58.78
4Ruy de Oliveira Brazil2:00.48
5Roberto Pangaro Italy2:00.97
6Sandro Rudan Yugoslavia2:05.88
7Tomás Rengifo El Salvador2:08.67
8Finnur Garðarsson Iceland2:08.88

Heat 7

1Mark Spitz United States1:55.29Q
2Ralph Hutton Canada1:56.84Q
3Udo Poser East Germany1:57.23
4Rolf Pettersson Sweden2:00.02
5Mark Crocker Hong Kong2:12.85
6Samnang Prak Cambodia2:13.34


Mark Spitz United States1:52.78WR
Steve Genter United States1:53.73
Werner Lampe West Germany1:53.99
4Mike Wenden Australia1:54.40
5Fred Tyler United States1:54.96
6Klaus Steinbach West Germany1:55.65
7Vladimir Bure Soviet Union1:57.24
8Ralph Hutton Canada1:57.56

Key: WR = World record


  1. "Swimming at the 1972 Munich Summer Games: Men's 200 metres Freestyle". Sports Reference. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
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