Swimming at the 1976 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre freestyle

The men's 200 metre freestyle event at the 1976 Olympic Games took place July 19.[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.

Men's 200 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXII Olympiad
Bruce Furniss  United States
John Naber  United States
Jim Montgomery  United States


GoldBruce Furniss
 United States
SilverJohn Naber
 United States
BronzeJim Montgomery
 United States



Heat 1

1Sergey Koplyakov Soviet Union1:53.44
2René van der Kuil Netherlands1:55.59
3Bengt Gingsjö Sweden1:56.31
4Fritz Warncke Norway1:57.59
5Tsuyoshi Yanagidate Japan1:58.04
6Luis Goicoechea Venezuela1:59.68
7Kris Sumono Indonesia2:01.12

Heat 2

1Andrey Bogdanov Soviet Union1:52.71Q, OR
2Brian Brinkley Great Britain1:53.07
3David López-Zubero Spain1:54.88
4Georgios Karpouzis Greece1:59.25
5Eduardo Pérez Mexico1:59.53
6Tomas Becerra Colombia2:00.72

Heat 3

1Klaus Steinbach West Germany1:51.41Q, OR
2Marcello Guarducci Italy1:53.72
3Roberto Pangaro Italy1:55.30
4Werner Lampe West Germany1:56.01
5Kevin Williamson Ireland2:00.08
6Nikolay Ganev Bulgaria2:00.54
7Frank Richardson Nicaragua2:12.33

Heat 4

1Andrey Krylov Soviet Union1:51.42 Q
2Graham Windeatt Australia1:54.35
3James Hett Canada1:55.58
4Ali Gharbi Tunisia1:55.82
5Steven Newkirk Virgin Islands1:59.95
6José Pereira Portugal2:03.03

Heat 5

1Peter Nocke West Germany1:52.16Q
2Gordon Downie Great Britain1:52.47Q
3Steve Badger Canada1:53.86
4Andre in het Veld Netherlands1:57.60
5John McConnochie New Zealand1:57.77
6Mark Crocker Hong Kong2:00.81
7Paulo Frischknecht Portugal2:02.65

Heat 6

1Jim Montgomery United States1:51.77 Q
2Bill Sawchuk Canada1:54.07
3Rainer Strohbach East Germany1:55.25
4Paolo Revelli Italy1:57.25
5Andy Knowles Bahamas2:00.18
6Lutz Löscher East Germany2:01.00
7Gianni Versari Panama2:02.25

Heat 7

1John Naber United States1:52.78Q
2Jorge Delgado, Jr. Ecuador1:54.23
3Frank Pfütze East Germany1:55.57
4Alan McClatchey Great Britain1:55.84
5Anders Bellbring Sweden1:57.20
6Francisco Cañales Puerto Rico1:59.62
7Petar Georgiev Bulgaria2:00.70
8Patrick Novaretti Monaco2:04.29

Heat 8

1Bruce Furniss United States1:50.93 Q, OR
2Mark Kerry Australia1:54.86
3Peter Dawson Australia1:55.16
4Peter Pettersson Sweden1:56.51
5Guillermo García Mexico1:58.20
6Sigurður Ólafsson Iceland2:01.18
7Gerardo Rosario Philippines2:02.81


Bruce Furniss United States1:50.29WR
John Naber United States1:50.50
Jim Montgomery United States1:50.58
4Andrey Krylov Soviet Union1:50.73
5Klaus Steinbach West Germany1:51.09
6Peter Nocke West Germany1:51.71
7Gordon Downie Great Britain1:52.78
8Andrey Bogdanov Soviet Union1:53.33

Key: WR = World record


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