Swimming at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre freestyle

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The men's 100 metre freestyle event at the 1968 Olympic Games took place between 18 and 19 October.[1] 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.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

There were 9 heats in this category. 24 fastest swimmers from the heats advanced to the semifinals.

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Name Time
1.  Michel Rousseau (FRA) 54.9
2.  Lester Eriksson (SWE) 55.2
3.  Bernard Gruener (FRA) 56.2
4.  Pano Capéronis (SUI) 56.2
5.  Ørjan Madsen (NOR) 56.3
6.  Donnacha O'Dea (IRL) 59.5
7.  Lee Tong-shing (ROC) 1:01.0
8.  José Alvarado (ESA) 1:02.0

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Name Time
1.  Luis Nicolao (ARG) 54.6
2.  Bobby McGregor (GBR) 55.1
3.  Greg Rogers (AUS) 55.4
4.  José Aranha (BRA) 56.8
5.  Mario Santibáñez (MEX) 57.0
6.  Andrew Loh (HKG) 1:00.7
7.  Luis Aguilar (CRC) 1:04.5

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Name Time
1.  Leonid Ilyichov (URS) 54.9
2.  Kunihiro Iwasaki (JPN) 55.5
3.  Gary Goodner (PUR) 55.7
4.  Rafaél Cal (MEX) 56.5
5.  Peter Schmid (AUT) 57.1
6.  Wong Man Chiu (HKG) 58.0
7.  Fernando González (CRC) 58.6

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Name Time
1.  Zac Zorn (USA) 54.2
2.  Wolfgang Kremer (FRG) 55.0
3.  Gábor Kucsera (HUN) 55.1
4.  Csaba Csatlós (HUN) 56.6
5.  Herman Verbauwen (BEL) 57.5
6.  Federico Sicard (COL) 59.0
7.  Yacoub Masboungi (LIB) 1:00.5

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Name Time
1.  Mark Spitz (USA) 54.6
2.  José Antonio Chicoy (ESP) 54.9
3.  François Simons (BEL) 55.5
4.  Roosevelt Abdulgafur (PHI) 55.8
5.  Carlos van der Maath (ARG) 56.4
6.  Angus Edghill (BAR) 58.1
7.  Michael Goodner (PUR) 58.2
8.  Salvador Vilanova (ESA) 59.6

Heat 6

Rank Athlete Name Time
1.  Sergey Gusev (URS) 54.8
2.  John Gilchrist (CAN) 55.4
3.  Michele D'Oppido (ITA) 57.3
4.  Gregorio Fiallo (CUB) 58.2
5.  Geoffrey Ferreira (TRI) 58.9
6.  Robert Loh (HKG) 1:01.1

Heat 7

Rank Athlete Name Time
1.  Georgijs Kuļikovs (URS) 54.3
2.  Pietro Boscaini (ITA) 55.7
3.  Olaf, Baron von Schilling (FRG) 55.8
4.  Luis Ayesa (PHI) 56.2
5.  Salvador Ruiz (MEX) 56.4
6.  Paul Nash (JAM) 59.0
7.  José Martínez (CUB) 1:00.4

Heat 8

Rank Athlete Name Time
1.  Mike Wenden (AUS) 53.6
2.  Bob Windle (AUS) 54.8
3.  Michael Turner (GBR) 55.8
4.  Glen Finch (CAN) 56.0
5.  José Ferraioli (PUR) 56.1
6.  Ricardo González (COL) 57.0

Heat 9

Rank Athlete Name Time
1.  Ken Walsh (USA) 55.7
2.  Masayuki Osawa (JPN) 56.5
3.  Anthony Jarvis (GBR) 56.5
4.  Peter Schorning (FRG) 56.9
5.  Gérard Letast (FRA) 57.2
6.  Amnon Krauz (ISR) 57.2
7.  Gudmunður Gíslason (ISL) 58.6
8.  Ernesto Durón (ESA) 1:03.8

Semifinals[edit]

8 fastest swimmers advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

Rank Athlete Name Time
1.  Leonid Ilyichov (URS) 53.8
2.  Bobby McGregor (GBR) 53.8
3.  Georgijs Kuļikovs (URS) 54.1
4.  Greg Rogers (AUS) 54.8
5.  Sergey Gusev (URS) 55.2
6.  Kunihiro Iwasaki (JPN) 55.8
7.  Gary Goodner (PUR) 55.8
8.  Olaf, Baron von Schilling (FRG) 55.9

Semifinal 2

Rank Athlete Name Time
1.  Zac Zorn (USA) 53.4
2.  Luis Nicolao (ARG) 53.8
3.  Ken Walsh (USA) 53.9
4.  Wolfgang Kremer (FRG) 54.3
5.  Lester Eriksson (SWE) 55.2
6.  José Antonio Chicoy (ESP) 54.9
7.  François Simons (BEL) 55.3
8.  Roosevelt Abdulgafur (PHI) 55.9

Semifinal 3

Rank Athlete Name Time
1.  Mike Wenden (AUS) 52.9
2.  Mark Spitz (USA) 53.8
3.  Michel Rousseau (FRA) 54.5
4.  Bob Windle (AUS) 54.6
5.  John Gilchrist (CAN) 54.8
6.  Gábor Kucsera (HUN) 55.0
7.  Pietro Boscaini (ITA) 55.6
8.  Michael Turner (GBR) 55.6

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Mike Wenden  Australia 52.2 WR
2 Ken Walsh  United States 52.8
3 Mark Spitz  United States 53.0
4 Bobby McGregor  Great Britain 53.5
5 Leonid Ilyichov  Soviet Union 53.8
6 Georgijs Kuļikovs  Soviet Union 53.8
7 Luis Nicolao  Argentina 53.9
8 Zac Zorn  United States 53.9

Zorn lead the field at the 50 metre turn, but weakened by a week long illness, faded and finished last.[2]


Key: WR = World record

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1968 Mexico City Summer Games: Men's 100 metres Freestyle". Sports Reference. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  2. ^ Wallechinsky, David (1984). The Complete Book of the Olympics. England: Penguin Books. p. 396. ISBN 0140066322.

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