Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre freestyle

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Swimming events at the
1972 Summer Olympics
Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
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 1972 Olympic Games took place between September 2 and 3. 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  Mark Spitz
United States (USA)
Silver  Jerry Heidenreich
United States (USA)
Bronze  Vladimir Bure
Soviet Union (URS)

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

16 fastest swimmer from seven heats advanced to semifinal.

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Ruy de Oliveira Brazil 54.26
2 Gilles Vigne France 54.34
3 Wilfried Hartung East Germany 54.37
4 Malcolm Windeatt Great Britain 54.70
5 Geoffrey Ferreira Trinidad and Tobago 56.27
6 Roberto Strauss Mexico 56.78

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Igor Grivennikov Soviet Union 53.64 Q
2 Colin Herring New Zealand 54.41
3 Alain Hermitte France 54.57
4 István Szentirmay Hungary 54.71
5 Antonio Ferracuti El Salvador 56.69
6 Sandro Rudan Yugoslavia 56.91
7 Bruno Bassoul Lebanon 1:00.8

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Vladimir Bure Soviet Union 52.87 Q
2 Jorge Comas Spain 53.70 Q
3 José Aranha Brazil 54.06 Q
4 Hanspeter Würmli Switzerland 55.08
5 Neil Rogers Australia 55.32
6 Samnang Prak Khmer Republic 59.18

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Michel Rousseau France 52.93 Q
2 Kersten Meier West Germany 53.96 Q
3 Greg Rogers Australia 53.98 Q
4 Hartmut Flöckner East Germany 54.36
5 Bruce Robertson Canada 54.76
6 Feridun Aybars Turkey 59.32

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 John Murphy United States 53.07 Q
2 Georgijs Kuļikovs Soviet Union 53.78 Q
3 Peter Bruch East Germany 54.25 Q
4 Paulo Zanetti Brazil 54.97
5 Brian Brinkley Great Britain 55.06
6 Zbigniew Pacelt Poland 55.97
7 Andrew Hunter Ireland 56.09
8 Abdullah Abdurrahman Kuwait 1:03.94

Heat 6

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Jerry Heidenreich United States 52.38 Q
2 Brian Phillips Canada 53.75 Q
3 Bob Kasting Canada 54.07 Q
4 Gerald Schiller West Germany 54.28
5 Attila Császári Hungary 55.37
6 Finnur Garðarsson Iceland 55.97
7 Salvador Vilanova El Salvador 56.57
8 Wong Ronnie Hong Kong 57.53

Heat 7

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Mike Wenden Australia 52.34 Q
2 Mark Spitz United States 52.46 Q
3 Klaus Steinbach West Germany 52.91 Q
4 Fritz Warncke Norway 54.41
5 Roberto Pangaro Italy 54.74
6 Marian Slavic Romania 55.35
7 Jorge van Balen Venezuela 57.20

Semifinals[edit]

Top three swimmers in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Jerry Heidenreich United States 52.31 Q
2 Igor Grivennikov Soviet Union 52.55 Q
3 Vladimir Bure Soviet Union 52.60 Q
4 Michel Rousseau France 52.82 q
5 José Aranha Brazil 53.47
6 Brian Phillips Canada 53.73
7 Peter Bruch East Germany 53.97
8 Kersten Meier West Germany 54.35

Semifinal 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Mike Wenden Australia 52.32 Q
2 Mark Spitz United States 52.43 Q
3 Klaus Steinbach West Germany 52.87 Q
4 John Murphy United States 53.17 q
5 Bob Kasting Canada 53.62
6 Georgijs Kuļikovs Soviet Union 53.68
7 Jorge Comas Spain 53.92
8 Greg Rogers Australia 54.26

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Mark Spitz United States 51.22 WR
2 Jerry Heidenreich United States 51.65
3 Vladimir Bure Soviet Union 51.77
4 John Murphy United States 52.08
5 Mike Wenden Australia 52.41
6 Igor Grivennikov Soviet Union 52.44
7 Michel Rousseau France 52.90
8 Klaus Steinbach West Germany 52.92

Key: WR = World record

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