Swimming at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre backstroke

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The men's 200 metre backstroke event at the 1968 Olympic Games took place October 25.[1] This swimming event used backstroke. Because an Olympic-size swimming pool is 50 metres long, this race consisted of four lengths of the pool.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Roland Matthes
 East Germany
Silver Mitch Ivey
 United States
Bronze Jack Horsley
 United States

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Mitch Ivey  United States 2:11.3
2 Franco Del Campo  Italy 2:16.3
3 Franco Chino  Italy 2:19.5
4 José Joaquín Santibáñez  Mexico 2:20.7
5 Jim Shaw  Canada 2:21.0
6 Hans Ljungberg  Sweden 2:22.3
7 Tony Asamali  Philippines 2:30.0
8 Antonio Cruz  Guatemala 2:36.3

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Jack Horsley  United States 2:13.7
2 Reinhard Blechert  West Germany 2:16.5
3 Jaime Monzo  Spain 2:20.1

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Roland Matthes  East Germany 2:13.6
2 Santiago Esteva  Spain 2:15.8
3 Joachim Röther  East Germany 2:16.1
4 Ejvind Pedersen  Denmark 2:16.6
5 Karl Byrom  Australia 2:20.7
6 Eliseo Vidal  Cuba 2:21.3
7 Leonardo Baremboin  Argentina 2:25.2
8 Francisco Ramis  Puerto Rico 2:30.4

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Leonid Dobroskokin  Soviet Union 2:16.1
2 Bob Schoutsen  Netherlands 2:18.2
3 Jaime Rivera  Mexico 2:20.7
4 Lars Kraus Jensen  Denmark 2:22.5
5 Gerald Evard  Switzerland 2:24.7
6 Chan King-ming  Chinese Taipei 2:46.9

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Gary Hall Sr.  United States 2:16.2
2 Mátyás Borlói  Hungary 2:17.9
3 Rinus van Beek  Netherlands 2:21.2
4 Luis Angel Acosta  Mexico 2:24.0
5 Ronnie Wong  Hong Kong 2:38.6

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Roland Matthes  East Germany 2:09.6 OR
2 Mitch Ivey  United States 2:10.6
3 Jack Horsley  United States 2:10.9
4 Gary Hall Sr.  United States 2:12.6
5 Santiago Esteva  Spain 2:12.9
6 Leonid Dobroskokin  Soviet Union 2:15.4
7 Joachim Röther  East Germany 2:15.8
8 Franco Del Campo  Italy 2:16.5

Key: OR = Olympic record

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