Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre breaststroke

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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 200 metre breaststroke event at the 1972 Olympic Games took place September 2. 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 Hencken
United States (USA)
Silver  David Wilkie
Great Britain (GBR)
Bronze  Nobutaka Taguchi
Japan (JPN)

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Klaus Katzur East Germany 2:26.32 Q
2 Bill Mahony Canada 2:26.71
3 Roger-Philippe Menu France 2:30.05
4 Guðjón Guðmundsson Iceland 2:32.40
5 Sokhon Yi Khmer Republic 2:34.77
6 János Tóth Hungary 2:37.40

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Nobutaka Taguchi Japan 2:23.45 Q
2 Felipe Muñoz Mexico 2:25.99 Q
3 Pedro Balcells Spain 2:29.29
4 Robert Stoddart Canada 2:30.08
5 Cezary Śmiglak Poland 2:34.51
6 Morkal Faruk Turkey 2:43.69
7 Piero Ferracuti El Salvador 2:45.73

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 David Wilkie Great Britain 2:24.54 Q
2 Walter Kusch West Germany 2:26.43
3 Steffen Kriechbaum Austria 2:30.09
4 Malcolm O'Connell Great Britain 2:31.21
5 Jean-Pierre Dubey Switzerland 2:31.56
6 Gustavo Salcedo Mexico 2:32.81
7 Osvaldo Boretto Argentina 2:31.84 DSQ

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Rick Colella United States 2:25.40 Q
2 Vladimir Kosinsky Soviet Union 2:28.00
3 Angel Chakarov Bulgaria 2:30.27
4 Andreas Hellmann West Germany 2:32.60
5 Liam Ball Ireland 2:33.47
6 Nigel Johnson Great Britain 2:34.37
7 Karl Christian Koch Denmark 2:38.47

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Igor Cherdakov Soviet Union 2:26.21 Q
2 Brian Job United States 2:26.91
3 José Sylvio Fiolo Brazil 2:30.21
4 Rainer Hradetzky East Germany 2:32.48
5 Amman Jaalmani Philippines 2:33.54
6 Michele Di Pietro Italy 2:36.49

Heat 6

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 John Hencken United States 2:24.88 Q
2 Nikolay Pankin Soviet Union 2:26.71
3 Paul Jarvie Australia 2:27.83
4 Mike Whitaker Canada 2:33.47
5 Rudi Vingerhoets Belgium 2:36.89
6 Gregor Betz West Germany 2:36.96
7 Alfredo Hunger Peru 2:37.20
8 Alejandro Cabrera El Salvador 2:56.60

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 John Hencken United States 2:21.55 WR
2 David Wilkie Great Britain 2:23.67
3 Nobutaka Taguchi Japan 2:23.88
4 Rick Colella United States 2:24.28
5 Felipe Muñoz Mexico 2:26.44
6 Walter Kusch West Germany 2:26.55
7 Igor Cherdakov Soviet Union 2:27.15
8 Klaus Katzur East Germany 2:27.44

Key: WR = World record

References[edit]