Swimming at the 1968 Summer Olympics

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At the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, 29 events in swimming were contested. There was a total of 468 participants from 51 countries competing.[1] The United States dominated the competition, winning 52 of 87 medals, with 15-year-old phenom Debbie Meyer winning three gold medals.

Medal table[edit]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 United States21151652
2 Australia3238
3 East Germany2316
4 Yugoslavia1102
5 Mexico1012
6 Netherlands1001
7 Soviet Union0448
8 Canada0314
9 Great Britain0101
10 West Germany0022
11 France0011
Totals (11 nations)29292987


Medal summary[edit]

Men's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 m freestyle
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Michael Wenden
 Australia
52.2 (WR) Ken Walsh
 United States
52.8 Mark Spitz
 United States
53.0
200 m freestyle
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Michael Wenden
 Australia
1:55.2 (OR) Don Schollander
 United States
1:55.8 John Nelson
 United States
1:58.1
400 m freestyle
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Mike Burton
 United States
4:09.0 (OR) Ralph Hutton
 Canada
4:11.7 Alain Mosconi
 France
4:13.3
1500 m freestyle
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Mike Burton
 United States
16:38.9 (OR) John Kinsella
 United States
16:57.3 Greg Brough
 Australia
17:04.7
100 m backstroke
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Roland Matthes
 East Germany
58.7 (OR) Charlie Hickcox
 United States
1:00.2 Ronnie Mills
 United States
1:00.5
200 m backstroke
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Roland Matthes
 East Germany
2:09.6 (OR) Mitch Ivey
 United States
2:10.6 Jack Horsley
 United States
2:10.9
100 m breaststroke
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Don McKenzie
 United States
1:07.7 (OR) Vladimir Kosinsky
 Soviet Union
1:08.0 Nikolai Pankin
 Soviet Union
1:08.0
200 m breaststroke
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Felipe Muñoz
 Mexico
2:28.7 Vladimir Kosinsky
 Soviet Union
2:29.2 Brian Job
 United States
2:29.9
100 m butterfly
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Doug Russell
 United States
55.9 (OR) Mark Spitz
 United States
56.4 Ross Wales
 United States
57.2
200 m butterfly
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Carl Robie
 United States
2:08.7 Martyn Woodroffe
 Great Britain
2:09.0 John Ferris
 United States
2:09.3
200 m individual medley
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Charlie Hickcox
 United States
2:12.0 (OR) Greg Buckingham
 United States
2:13.0 John Ferris
 United States
2:13.3
400 m individual medley
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Charlie Hickcox
 United States
4:48.4 Gary Hall, Sr.
 United States
4:48.7 Michael Holthaus
 West Germany
4:51.4
4×100 m freestyle relay
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 United States (USA)
Zac Zorn
Stephen Rerych
Ken Walsh
Mark Spitz
3:31.7 (WR)  Soviet Union (URS)
Georgi Kulikov
Viktor Mazanov
Semyon Belits-Geiman
Leonid Ilyichov
3:34.2  Australia (AUS)
Greg Rogers
Robert Cusack
Bob Windle
Michael Wenden
3:34.7
4×200 m freestyle relay
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 United States (USA)
John Nelson
Stephen Rerych
Mark Spitz
Don Schollander
7:52.3  Australia (AUS)
Greg Rogers
Graham White
Bob Windle
Michael Wenden
7:53.7  Soviet Union (URS)
Vladimir Bure
Semyon Belits-Geiman
Georgi Kulikov
Leonid Ilyichov
8:01.6
4×100 m medley relay
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 United States (USA)
Charlie Hickcox
Don McKenzie
Doug Russell
Ken Walsh
3:54.9 (WR)  East Germany (GDR)
Roland Matthes
Egon Henninger
Horst-Günter Gregor
Frank Wiegand
3:57.5  Soviet Union (URS)
Yuri Gromak
Vladimir Nemshilov
Vladimir Kosinsky
Leonid Ilyichov
4:00.7

Women's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 m freestyle
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Jan Henne
 United States
1:00.0 Susan Pedersen
 United States
1:00.3 Linda Gustavson
 United States
1:00.3
200 m freestyle
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Debbie Meyer
 United States
2:10.5 (OR) Jan Henne
 United States
2:11.0 Jane Barkman
 United States
2:11.2
400 m freestyle
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Debbie Meyer
 United States
4:31.8 (OR) Linda Gustavson
 United States
4:35.5 Karen Moras
 Australia
4:37.0
800 m freestyle
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Debbie Meyer
 United States
9:24.0 (OR) Pam Kruse
 United States
9:35.7 Maria Teresa Ramírez
 Mexico
9:38.5
100 m backstroke
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Kaye Hall
 United States
1:06.2 (WR) Elaine Tanner
 Canada
1:06.7 Jane Swagerty
 United States
1:08.1
200 m backstroke
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Lillian Watson
 United States
2:24.8 (OR) Elaine Tanner
 Canada
2:27.4 Kaye Hall
 United States
2:28.9
100 m breaststroke
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Đurđica Bjedov
 Yugoslavia
1:15.8 (OR) Galina Prozumenshchikova
 Soviet Union
1:15.9 Sharon Wichman
 United States
1:16.1
200 m breaststroke
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Sharon Wichman
 United States
2:44.4 (OR) Đurđica Bjedov
 Yugoslavia
2:46.4 Galina Prozumenshchikova
 Soviet Union
2:47.0
100 m butterfly
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Lyn McClements
 Australia
1:05.5 Ellie Daniel
 United States
1:05.8 Susan Shields
 United States
1:06.2
200 m butterfly
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Ada Kok
 Netherlands
2:24.7 (OR) Helga Lindner
 East Germany
2:24.8 Ellie Daniel
 United States
2:25.9
200 m individual medley
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Claudia Kolb
 United States
2:24.7 (OR) Susan Pedersen
 United States
2:28.8 Jan Henne
 United States
2:31.4
400 m individual medley
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Claudia Kolb
 United States
5:08.5 (OR) Lynn Vidali
 United States
5:22.2 Sabine Steinbach
 East Germany
5:25.3
4×100 m freestyle relay
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 United States (USA)
Jane Barkman
Linda Gustavson
Susan Pedersen
Jan Henne
4:02.5 (OR)  East Germany (GDR)
Gabriele Wetzko
Roswitha Krause
Uta Schmuck
Gabriele Perthes
4:05.7  Canada (CAN)
Angela Coughlan
Marilyn Corson
Elaine Tanner
Marion Lay
4:07.2
4×100 m medley relay
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 United States (USA)
Kaye Hall
Catie Ball
Ellie Daniel
Susan Pedersen
4:28.3 (OR)  Australia (AUS)
Lynne Watson
Judy Playfair
Lyn McClements
Janet Steinbeck
4:30.0  West Germany (FRG)
Angelika Kraus
Uta Frommater
Heike Hustede
Heidemarie Reineck
4:36.4

Participating nations[edit]

468 swimmers from 51 nations competed.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Swimming at the 1968 Mexico City Summer Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 3 October 2016.