Swimming at the 1976 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre freestyle

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Men's 100 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXI Olympiad
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    West Germany
«1972 1980»
Swimming events at the
1976 Summer Olympics
Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
100 m men women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m women
1500 m men
100 m men women
200 m men women
100 m men women
200 m men women
100 m men women
200 m men women
Individual medley
400 m men women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m women
4×200 m men
Medley relay
4×100 m men women

The men's 100 metre freestyle event at the 1976 Olympic Games took place between July 24 and 25. 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.

This was the first time in history that the 100m freestyle was swum under 50 seconds.


Gold  Jim Montgomery
United States (USA)
Silver  Jack Babashoff
United States (USA)
Bronze  Peter Nocke
West Germany (FRG)




Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Jim Montgomery United States 50.39 Q, WR
2 Marcello Guarducci Italy 51.35 Q
3 Klaus Steinbach West Germany 51.62 Q
4 Vladimir Bure Soviet Union 51.93 Q
5 Roberto Pangaro Italy 52.68
6 Stephen Pickell Canada 52.89
7 René Ecuyer France 52.92
8 Andrei Bogdanov Soviet Union 53.05

Key: Q = Qualified, WR = Olympic record

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Jack Babashoff United States 51.46 Q
2 Peter Nocke West Germany 51.83 Q
3 Joe Bottom United States 51.92 Q
4 Andrey Krylov Soviet Union 52.32 Q
5 Michel Rousseau France 52.36
6 Gary MacDonald Canada 52.96
7 Martin Smith Great Britain 53.11
8 Svante Rasmussen Sweden 53.34

Key: Q = Qualified


Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Jim Montgomery United States 49.99 WR
2 Jack Babashoff United States 50.81
3 Peter Nocke West Germany 51.31
4 Klaus Steinbach West Germany 51.68
5 Marcello Guarducci Italy 51.70
6 Joe Bottom United States 51.79
7 Vladimir Bure Soviet Union 52.03
8 Andrey Krylov Soviet Union 52.15

Key: WR = World record