Swimming at the 1976 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre freestyle

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Men's 200 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXII Olympiad
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    United States
«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 200 metre freestyle event at the 1976 Olympic Games took place July 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 four lengths of the pool.


Gold  Bruce Furniss
United States (USA)
Silver  John Naber
United States (USA)
Bronze  Jim Montgomery
United States (USA)




Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Bruce Furniss United States 1:50.29 WR
2 John Naber United States 1:50.50
3 Jim Montgomery United States 1:50.58
4 Andrey Krylov Soviet Union 1:50.73
5 Klaus Steinbach West Germany 1:51.09
6 Peter Nocke West Germany 1:51.71
7 Gordon Downie Great Britain 1:52.78
8 Andrey Bogdanov Soviet Union 1:53.33

Key: WR = World record