Swimming at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre freestyle

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Swimming at the
1968 Summer Olympics
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Freestyle
100 m men women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Breaststroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Butterfly
100 m men women
200 m men women
Individual medley
200 m men women
400 m men women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m men women
4×200 m men
Medley relay
4×100 m men women

The men's 100 metre freestyle event at the 1968 Olympic Games took place between October 18 and 19. 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.

Medalists[edit]

Gold  Mike Wenden
Australia (AUS)
Silver  Ken Walsh
United States (USA)
Bronze  Mark Spitz
United States (USA)

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

There were 9 heats in this category. 24 fastest swimmers from the heats advanced to the semifinals.

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Name Time
1.  Michel Rousseau (FRA) 54.9
2.  Lester Eriksson (SWE) 55.2
3.  Bernard Gruener (FRA) 56.2
4.  Pano Capéronis (SUI) 56.2
5.  Ørjan Madsen (NOR) 56.3
6.  Donnacha O'Dea (IRL) 59.5
7.  Lee Tong-shing (ROC) 1:01.0
8.  José Alvarado (ESA) 1:02.0

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Name Time
1.  Luis Nicolao (ARG) 54.6
2.  Bobby McGregor (GBR) 55.1
3.  Greg Rogers (AUS) 55.4
4.  José Aranha (BRA) 56.8
5.  Mario Santibáñez (MEX) 57.0
6.  Andrew Loh (HKG) 1:00.7
7.  Luis Aguilar (CRC) 1:04.5

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Name Time
1.  Leonid Ilyichov (URS) 54.9
2.  Kunihiro Iwasaki (JPN) 55.5
3.  Gary Goodner (PUR) 55.7
4.  Rafaél Cal (MEX) 56.5
5.  Petr Schmid (AUT) 57.1
6.  Wong Man Chiu (HKG) 58.0
7.  Fernando González (CRC) 58.6

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Name Time
1.  Zac Zorn (USA) 54.2
2.  Wolfgang Kremer (FRG) 55.0
3.  Kucsera Gábor (HUN) 55.1
4.  Csaba Csatlós (HUN) 56.6
5.  Herman Verbauwen (BEL) 57.5
6.  Federico Sicard (COL) 59.0
7.  Yacoub Masboungi (LIB) 1:00.5

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Name Time
1.  Mark Spitz (USA) 54.6
2.  José Antonio Chicoy (ESP) 54.9
3.  François Simons (BEL) 55.5
4.  Roosevelt Abdulgafur (PHI) 55.8
5.  Carlos van der Maath (ARG) 56.4
6.  Angus Edghill (BAR) 58.1
7.  Michael Goodner (PUR) 58.2
8.  Salvador Vilanova (ESA) 59.6

Heat 6

Rank Athlete Name Time
1.  Sergey Gusev (URS) 54.8
2.  John Gilchrist (CAN) 55.4
3.  Michele D’Oppido (ITA) 57.3
4.  Gregorio Fiallo (CUB) 58.2
5.  Geoffrey Ferreira (TRI) 58.9
6.  Robert Loh (HKG) 1:01.1

Heat 7

Rank Athlete Name Time
1.  Georgijs Kuļikovs (URS) 54.3
2.  Pietro Boscaini (ITA) 55.7
3.  Olaf, Baron von Schilling (FRG) 55.8
4.  Luis Ayesa (PHI) 56.2
5.  Salvador Ruiz (MEX) 56.4
6.  Paul Nash (JAM) 59.0
7.  José Martinez (CUB) 1:00.4

Heat 8

Rank Athlete Name Time
1.  Mike Wenden (AUS) 53.6
2.  Bob Windle (AUS) 54.8
3.  Mike Turner (GBR) 55.8
4.  Glen Finch (CAN) 56.0
5.  José Ferriouli (PUR) 56.1
6.  Ricardo González (HKG) 57.0

Heat 9

Rank Athlete Name Time
1.  Ken Walsh (USA) 55.7
2.  Masayuki Osawa (JPN) 56.5
3.  Anthony Jarvis (ITA) 56.5
4.  Peter Schorning (FRG) 56.9
5.  Letase Gérard (TRI) 57.2
6.  Amnon Krauz (ISR) 57.2
7.  Gudmunður Gíslason (ISL) 58.6
8.  Ernesto Durón (ESA) 1:03.8

Semifinals[edit]

8 fastest swimmers advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

Rank Athlete Name Time
1.  Leonid Ilyichov (URS) 53.8
2.  Bobby McGregor (GBR) 53.8
3.  Georgijs Kuļikovs (URS) 54.1
4.  Greg Rogers (AUS) 54.8
5.  Sergey Gusev (URS) 55.2
6.  Kunihiro Iwasaki (JPN) 55.8
7.  Gary Goodner (PUR) 55.8
8.  Olaf, Baron von Schilling (FRG) 55.9

Semifinal 2

Rank Athlete Name Time
1.  Zac Zorn (USA) 53.4
2.  Luis Nicolao (ARG) 53.8
3.  Ken Walsh (USA) 53.9
4.  Wolfgang Kremer (FRG) 54.3
5.  Lester Eriksson (SWE) 55.2
6.  José Antonio Chicoy (ESP) 54.9
7.  François Simons (BEL) 55.3
8.  Roosevelt Abdulgafur (PHI) 55.9

Semifinal 3

Rank Athlete Name Time
1.  Mike Wenden (AUS) 52.9
2.  Mark Spitz (USA) 53.8
3.  Michel Rousseau (FRA) 54.5
4.  Bob Windle (AUS) 54.6
5.  John Gilchrist (CAN) 54.8
6.  Kucsera Gábor (HUN) 55.0
7.  Pietro Boscaini (ITA) 55.6
8.  Mike Turner (GBR) 55.6

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Mike Wenden Australia 52.2 WR
2 Ken Walsh United States 52.8
3 Mark Spitz United States 53.0
4 Bobby McGregor Great Britain 53.5
5 Leonid Ilyichov Soviet Union 53.8
6 Georgijs Kuļikovs Soviet Union 53.8
7 Luis Nicolao Argentina 53.9
8 Zac Zorn United States 53.9

Key: WR = World record

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