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

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Swimming at the
1968 Summer Olympics
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Freestyle
100 m men women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Breaststroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Butterfly
100 m men women
200 m men women
Individual medley
200 m men women
400 m men women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m men women
4×200 m men
Medley relay
4×100 m men women

The men's 200 metre individual medley event at the 1968 Olympic Games took place between October 19 and 20.[1] This swimming event used medley swimming. Because an Olympic size swimming pool is 50 metres long, this race consisted of four lengths of the pool. The first length was swum using the butterfly stroke, the second with the backstroke, the third length in breaststroke, and the fourth freestyle. Unlike other events using freestyle, swimmers could not use butterfly, backstroke, or breaststroke for the freestyle leg; most swimmers use the front crawl in freestyle events anyway.

Silver medalist Greg Buckingham's younger brother, Lindsey, went on to fame as a member of the rock group Fleetwood Mac.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Charlie Hickcox
 United States
Silver Greg Buckingham
 United States
Bronze John Ferris
 United States

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Charlie Hickcox  United States 2:16.1
2 Péter Lázár  Hungary 2:17.1
3 Lars Kraus Jensen  Denmark 2:21.2
4 Zbigniew Pacelt  Poland 2:23.3
5 Gudmunður Gíslason  Iceland 2:24.1
6 Andrey Dunayev  Soviet Union 2:25.9
7 Francisco Ramis  Puerto Rico 2:31.9
8 Rubén Guerrero  El Salvador 2:37.5

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 George Smith  Canada 2:16.4
2 Mike Holthaus  West Germany 2:17.5
3 Frank Wiegand  East Germany 2:18.0
4 Ronnie Wong  Hong Kong 2:36.1
5 Donnacha O'Dea  Ireland 2:36.6

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 John Ferris  United States 2:14.6
2 Reinhard Merkel  West Germany 2:17.8
3 Hans Ljungberg  Sweden 2:17.8
4 Yulyan Rusev  Bulgaria 2:22.7
5 Raymond Terrell  Great Britain 2:23.5
6 Olle Ferm  Sweden 2:27.5
7 Lee Tong-shing  Chinese Taipei DQ

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Vladimir Kravchenko  Soviet Union 2:18.6
2 István Szentirmay  Hungary 2:21.0
3 Angel Chakarov  Bulgaria 2:24.0
4 José Joaquín Santibáñez  Mexico 2:24.6
5 Karl Byrom  Australia 2:28.0
6 Chan King-ming  Chinese Taipei 2:44.9

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Sandy Gilchrist  Canada 2:16.8
2 Juan Carlos Bello  Peru 2:17.5
3 Juan Fortuny  Spain 2:20.6
4 François Simons  Belgium 2:22.5
5 Rafael Hernández  Mexico 2:24.7
6 Salvador Vilanova  El Salvador 2:33.8
7 Bob Loh  Hong Kong 2:39.3

Heat 6

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Greg Buckingham  United States 2:15.6
2 Michele D'Oppido  Italy 2:18.5
3 Ken Campbell  Canada 2:20.9
4 Eduardo Alanís  Mexico 2:23.0
5 Gershon Shefa  Israel 2:26.6
6 Peter Schmid  Austria 2:36.4
7 Friedrich Jokisch  El Salvador 2:41.6

Heat 7

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Jürgen Schiller  West Germany 2:20.8
2 Martyn Woodroffe  Great Britain 2:22.0
3 Jacek Krawczyk  Poland 2:23.8
4 Tony Asamali  Philippines 2:24.6
5 José Martínez  Cuba 2:31.4
6 Andrew Loh  Hong Kong 2:42.0

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Charlie Hickcox  United States 2:12.0 OR
2 Greg Buckingham  United States 2:13.0
3 John Ferris  United States 2:13.3
4 Juan Carlos Bello  Peru 2:13.7
5 George Smith  Canada 2:15.9
6 Sandy Gilchrist  Canada 2:16.6
7 Mike Holthaus  West Germany 2:16.8
8 Péter Lázár  Hungary 2:18.3

Key: OR = Olympic record

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