Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 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 200 metre freestyle event at the 1972 Olympic Games took place August 29. 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 four lengths of the pool.

Medalists[edit]

Gold  Mark Spitz
United States (USA)
Silver  Steve Genter
United States (USA)
Bronze  Werner Lampe
West Germany (FRG)

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

8 fastest swimmer from seven heats advanced to final.

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Mike Wenden Australia 1:56.66 Q
2 Robert Nay Australia 1:57.69
3 Viktor Mazanov Soviet Union 1:57.92
4 Hans Ljungberg Sweden 1:59.42
5 Alfredo Machado Brazil 2:00.14

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Vladimir Bure Soviet Union 1:56.15 Q
2 Georgijs Kuļikovs Soviet Union 1:57.04
3 Pierre Calland France 2:00.75
4 Michael Bailey Great Britain 2:00.79
5 Zbigniew Pacelt Poland 2:01.28
6 Arnaldo Cinquetti Italy 2:01.78

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Werner Lampe West Germany 1:55.97 Q
2 Graham White Australia 1:58.60
3 John Mills Great Britain 2:00.17
4 Fritz Warncke Norway 2:00.98
5 Kamal Kenavi Ali Mustofa Egypt 2:05.30
6 Luis Ayesa Philippines 2:05.97

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Klaus Steinbach West Germany 1:55.80 Q
2 Wilfried Hartung East Germany 1:56.95
3 Gerardo Vera Venezuela 1:57.33
4 Olaf, Baron von Schilling West Germany 2:00.27
5 Bernt Zarnowiecki Sweden 2:01.34
6 Riccardo Targhetti Italy 2:02.58
7 Fawzi Irhama Kuwait 2:33.75

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Fred Tyler United States 1:56.04 Q
2 Peter Bruch East Germany 1:58.49
3 Bruce Robertson Canada 1:59.02
4 Marian Slavic Romania 2:00.23
5 Colin Herring New Zealand 2:00.29
6 Ian MacKenzie Canada 2:01.22
7 Hanspeter Würmli Switzerland 2:03.14
8 Roberto Strauss Mexico 2:03.57

Heat 6

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Steve Genter United States 1:55.42 Q
2 Brian Brinkley Great Britain 1:56.99
3 Peter Prijdekker Netherlands 1:58.78
4 Ruy de Oliveira Brazil 2:00.48
5 Roberto Pangaro Italy 2:00.97
6 Sandro Rudan Yugoslavia 2:05.88
7 Tomás Rengifo El Salvador 2:08.67
8 Finnur Garðarsson Iceland 2:08.88

Heat 7

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Mark Spitz United States 1:55.29 Q
2 Ralph Hutton Canada 1:56.84 Q
3 Udo Poser East Germany 1:57.23
4 Rolf Petterson Sweden 2:00.02
5 Mark Crocker Hong Kong 2:12.85
6 Samnang Prak Khmer Republic 2:13.34

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Mark Spitz United States 1:52.78 WR
2 Steve Genter United States 1:53.73
3 Werner Lampe West Germany 1:53.99
4 Mike Wenden Australia 1:54.40
5 Fred Tyler United States 1:54.96
6 Klaus Steinbach West Germany 1:55.65
7 Vladimir Bure Soviet Union 1:57.24
8 Ralph Hutton Canada 1:57.56

Key: WR = World record

References[edit]