Swimming at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 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 400 metre individual medley event at the 1968 Summer Olympics took place on 22–23 October.[1] This swimming event used medley swimming. Because an Olympic size swimming pool is 50 metres long, this race consisted of eight lengths of the pool. The first two lengths were swum using the butterfly stroke, the second pair with the backstroke, the third pair of lengths in breaststroke, and the final two were 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.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Charlie Hickcox
 United States
Silver Gary Hall, Sr.
 United States
Bronze Michael Holthaus
 West Germany

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Andrey Dunayev Soviet Union 5:01.9
2 Martyn Woodroffe Great Britain 5:03.9
3 Eduardo Alanís Mexico 5:14.9
4 Jacek Krawczyk Poland 5:15.1
5 José Martínez Cuba DQ

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Greg Buckingham United States 4:57.3
2 Rafael Hernández Mexico 5:01.1
3 Hans Ljungberg Sweden 5:06.1
4 Vladimir Kravchenko Soviet Union 5:08.7
5 Tomas Becerra Colombia 5:09.7
6 Miguel Torres Spain 5:12.7
7 Gudmunður Gíslason Iceland 5:20.2
8 Raúl Villagómez Mexico 5:24.7

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Charlie Hickcox United States 4:56.2
2 Reinhard Merkel West Germany 5:00.6
3 Bernhard Mock West Germany 5:07.1
4 Péter Lázár Hungary 5:10.6
5 Angel Chakarov Bulgaria 5:10.9
6 Ken Campbell Canada 5:19.6
7 Gershon Shefa Israel 5:22.6
8 Lee Tong-shing Chinese Taipei 5:50.0

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Mike Holthaus West Germany 5:00.8
2 George Smith Canada 5:04.4
3 Yulyan Rusev Bulgaria 5:07.0
4 Lars Kraus Jensen Denmark 5:12.7
5 Zbigniew Pacelt Poland 5:18.6
6 Raymond Terrell Great Britain 5:19.5
7 Francisco Ramis Puerto Rico 5:30.9
8 Antonio Cruz Guatemala 5:31.1

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Gary Hall United States 4:56.2
2 Sandy Gilchrist Canada 4:57.5
3 Karl Byrom Australia 5:11.9
4 Michele D'Oppido Italy 5:16.4
5 Jacques Henrard Belgium 5:17.0
6 Olle Ferm Sweden 5:18.9

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Charlie Hickcox United States 4:48.4
2 Gary Hall, Sr. United States 4:48.7
3 Michael Holthaus West Germany 4:51.4
4 Greg Buckingham United States 4:51.4
5 Sandy Gilchrist Canada 4:56.7
6 Reinhard Merkel West Germany 4:59.8
7 Andrey Dunayev Soviet Union 5:00.3
8 Rafael Hernández Mexico 5:04.3

References[edit]