Swimming at the 1928 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre breaststroke

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Swimming at the
1928 Summer Olympics
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Freestyle
100 m men   women
400 m men   women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men   women
Breaststroke
200 m men   women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m   women
4×200 m men  

The men's 200 metre breaststroke was a swimming event held as part of the swimming at the 1928 Summer Olympics programme. It was the fifth appearance of the event, which was established in 1908. The competition was held from Monday August 6, 1928 to Wednesday August 8, 1928.

Twenty-one swimmers from 13 nations competed.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 Yoshiyuki Tsuruta
Japan (JPN)
 Erich Rademacher
Germany (GER)
 Teófilo Yldefonso
Philippines (PHI)

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1928 Summer Olympics.

World Record 2:48.0 Germany Erich Rademacher Brussels (BEL) March 11, 1927
Olympic Record 2:56.0 United States Robert Skelton Paris (FRA) July 15, 1924

In the third heat Erich Rademacher set a new Olympic record with 2:52.0 minutes. In the fourth heat Yoshiyuki Tsuruta bettered the record to 2:50.0 minutes. Tsuruta improved the record in the semi-finals with 2:49.2 minutes and in the final with 2:48.8 minutes.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Monday August 6, 1928: The fastest two in each heat and the fastest third-placed from across the heats advanced. As there was a tie for second place in the fifth heat both swimmers advanced instead of a third placed.

Heat 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Walter Spence (CAN) 2:56.6 QQ
2  Erwin Sietas (GER) 2:57.4 QQ
3  Louis Van Parijs (BEL) 3:00.0
4  William Rozier (FRA)
5  Hugh Smith (GBR)

Heat 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Eric Harling (SWE) 2:56.4 QQ
2  Karl Schäfer (AUT) 2:56.6 QQ
3  Teófilo Yldefonso (PHI) 2:57.4 qq
4  Yuki Mawatari (JPN)
5  Ernst Budig (GER) 2:58.6

Heat 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Erich Rademacher (GER) 2:52.0 QQ OR
2  Thomas Blankenburg (USA) 3:04.2 QQ
3  Léon Tallon (FRA) 3:05.0
4  Jack Aubin (CAN)
 Joseph De Combe (BEL) DNF

Heat 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Yoshiyuki Tsuruta (JPN) 2:50.0 QQ OR
2  Robert Wyss (SUI) 3:02.6 QQ
3  Leen Korpershoek (NED) 3:04.0
4  Reginald Flint (GBR)
5  José Francesch (ESP)
6  Tage Wissnell (SWE)

Semifinals[edit]

Tuesday August 7, 1928: The fastest three in each semi-final advanced.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Yoshiyuki Tsuruta (JPN) 2:49.2 QF OR
2  Walter Spence (CAN) 2:53.0 QF
3  Teófilo Yldefonso (PHI) 2:53.2 QF
4  Robert Wyss (SUI)
5  Thomas Blankenburg (USA)

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Erich Rademacher (GER) 2:56.6 QF
2  Eric Harling (SWE) 2:57.2 QF
3  Erwin Sietas (GER) 2:57.8 QF
4  Karl Schäfer (AUT)

Final[edit]

Wednesday August 8, 1928:

Place Swimmer Time
1  Yoshiyuki Tsuruta (JPN) 2:48.8 OR
2  Erich Rademacher (GER) 2:50.6
3  Teófilo Yldefonso (PHI) 2:56.4
4  Erwin Sietas (GER) 2:56.6
5  Eric Harling (SWE) 2:56.8
6  Walter Spence (CAN) 2:57.2

References[edit]