Swimming at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre breaststroke

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The men's 200 metre breaststroke event at the 1948 Olympic Games took place between 5 and 7 August at the Empire Pool.[1] 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.

John Davies' time was recorded by the timekeepers to be 0.2s faster than the bronze medallist Bob Sohl of the United States. However, the judges believed that Sohl had touched first and awarded him the bronze.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Joe Verdeur
 United States
Silver Keith Carter
 United States
Bronze Bob Sohl
 United States

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Joe Verdeur  United States 2:40.0
2 Bob Sohl  United States 2:44.9
3 Ahmed Kandil  Egypt 2:45.5
4 Keith Carter  United States 2:46.3
5 Tone Cerer  Yugoslavia 2:46.3
6 Willy Otto Jordan  Brazil 2:46.4
7 Sándor Németh  Hungary 2:48.2
8 John Davies  Australia 2:48.3
9 Bob Bonte  Netherlands 2:48.7
10 Roy Romain  Great Britain 2:49.4
11 Maurice Lusien  France 2:49.5
12 Artem Nakache  France 2:50.4
13 Walter Pavlicek  Austria 2:50.6
14 Sigurður T. Jónsson  Iceland 2:50.6
15 Apolonio Castillo  Mexico 2:50.7
16 René Amabuyok  Philippines 2:52.6
17 Jiří Linhart  Czechoslovakia 2:53.8
18 Jacinto Cayco  Philippines 2:54.0
19 Carlos Espejo  Argentina 2:55.0
20 Sigurður Jónsson  Iceland 2:56.4
21 Hans Widmer  Switzerland 2:56.7
22 Goldup Davies  Great Britain 2:56.6
23 Walter Kunz  Switzerland 2:57.6
24 Nicolas Wildhaber  Switzerland 2:59.2
25 John Service  Great Britain 3:00.4
26 César Benetti  Argentina 3:00.6
27 Peter Salmon  Canada 3:01.5
28 Kevin Hallett  Australia 3:02.0
29 Atli Steinarsson  Iceland 3:02.3
30 Des Cohen  South Africa 3:03.3
31 Prafulla Mullick  India 3:14.9
32 Iftikhar Ahmed Shah  Pakistan 3:28.1

Semifinals[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Joe Verdeur  United States 2:40.7 Q
2 Keith Carter  United States 2:43.0 Q
3 Ahmed Kandil  Egypt 2:43.7 Q
4 Willy Otto Jordan  Brazil 2:43.9 Q
5 Bob Sohl  United States 2:44.4 Q
6 John Davies  Australia 2:44.8 q
7 Bob Bonte  Netherlands 2:47.0 Q
8 Tone Cerer  Yugoslavia 2:47.3 q
9 Sándor Németh  Hungary 2:48.1
10 Roy Romain  Great Britain 2:49.6
11 Walter Pavlicek  Austria 2:50.1
12 Maurice Lusien  France 2:51.4
13 René Amabuyok  Philippines 2:51.8
14 Sigurður T. Jónsson  Iceland 2:52.4
15 Apolonio Castillo  Mexico 2:53.5
16 Artem Nakache  France 2:59.1

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Joe Verdeur  United States 2:39.3 OR
2 Keith Carter  United States 2:40.2
3 Bob Sohl  United States 2:43.9
4 John Davies  Australia 2:43.7
5 Antun Cerer  Yugoslavia 2:46.1
6 Willy Otto Jordan  Brazil 2:46.4
7 Ahmed Kandil  Egypt 2:47.5
8 Bob Bonte  Netherlands 2:47.6

Key: OR = Olympic record

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1948 London Summer Games: Men's 200 metres Breaststroke". Sports Reference. Retrieved 18 September 2016.