Swimming at the 1952 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre breaststroke

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Swimming at the
1952 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 event at the 1952 Olympic Games took place between July 31 and August 2 at the Swimming Stadium. This swimming event used the breaststroke. Because an Olympic size swimming pool is 50 metres long, this race consisted of four lengths of the pool.

Medalists[edit]

Gold  John Davies
Australia (AUS)
Silver  Bowen Stassforth
United States (USA)
Bronze  Herbert Klein
Germany (GER)

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

16 fastest swimmer advanced to semifinals.

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Monty Nitzkowski United States 2:40.6
2 Pierre Joly dit Dumesnil France 2:43.4
3 Marek Petrusewicz Poland 2:44.0
4 Juha Tikka Finland 2:46.3
5 Brian Barnes Great Britain 2:48.6
6 René Kohn Luxembourg 2:59.3

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 John Davies Australia 2:39.7
2 Jiro Nagasawa Japan 2:40.4
3 Nikola Trojanović Yugoslavia 2:42.4
4 Bengt Rask Sweden 2:45.3
5 Ludovicus Schoenmaekers Belgium 2:46.5
6 Yury Kurchashov Soviet Union 2:47.3
7 Alfons Oehy Switzerland 2:54.8
8 Muhammad Bashir Pakistan 2:59.3

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Ľudovít Komadeľ Czechoslovakia 2:38.9
2 Orlando Cossani Argentina 2:39.6
3 Takayoshi Kajikawa Japan 2:39.6
4 Walter Ocampo Mexico 2:44.8
5 Octavio Mobiglia Brazil 2:46.1
6 Giorgio Grilz Italy - disqualified

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Bowen Stassforth United States 2:39.3
2 David Hawkins Australia 2:41.2
3 George Portelance Canada 2:42.5
4 Pyotr Skripchenkov Soviet Union 2:47.3
5 Blago Barbijeri Yugoslavia 2:47.3
6 Knud Gleie Denmark 2:51.4
7 Vladimír Skovajsa Czechoslovakia 2:53.3

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Gerald Holan United States 2:36.8
2 Maurice Lusien France 2:40.9
3 Nobuyasu Hirayama Japan 2:41.5
4 Adhemar Grijó Filho Brazil 2:47.6
5 Habib Suharko Indonesia 2:51.3

Heat 6

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Herbert Klein Germany 2:37.0
2 Daan Buijze Netherlands 2:41.9
3 Vladimir Borisenko Soviet Union 2:43.2
4 Aulis Kähkönen Finland 2:43.8
5 Manuel Sanguily Cuba 2:44.5
6 Vlastimil Linhart Czechoslovakia 2:48.0
7 Awad Moukhtar Halloudah Egypt 2:50.5
8 Eduardo Barbeiro Portugal 3:04.6

Semifinals[edit]

Eight fastest swimmers advanced to final.

Semifinal 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 John Davies Australia 2:36.8
2 Ľudovít Komadeľ Czechoslovakia 2:38.8
3 Nobuyasu Hirayama Japan 2:39.1
4 Gerald Holan United States 2:39.2
5 Monty Nitzkowski United States 2:41.4
6 Daan Buijze Netherlands 2:42.6
7 Orlando Cossani Argentina 2:43.1
8 George Portelance Canada 2:43.8

Semifinal 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Herbert Klein Germany 2:37.0
2 Takayoshi Kajikawa Japan 2:37.3
3 Bowen Stassforth United States 2:98.7
4 Jiro Nagasawa Japan 2:39.0
5 Maurice Lusien France 2:39.1
6 David Hawkins Australia 2:39.8
7 Nikola Trojanović Yugoslavia 2:41.8
8 Vladimir Borisenko Soviet Union 2:46.2

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 John Davies Australia 2:34.4 OR
2 Bowen Stassforth United States 2:34.7
3 Herbert Klein Germany 2:35.9
4 Nobuyasu Hirayama Japan 2:37.4
5 Takayoshi Kajikawa Japan 2:38.6
6 Jiro Nagasawa Japan 2:39.1
7 Maurice Lusien France 2:39.8
8 Ľudovít Komadeľ Czechoslovakia 2:40.1

Key: OR = Olympic record

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