Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre backstroke

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The men's 200 metre backstroke event at the 1972 Olympic Games took place September 2.[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 Mike Stamm
 United States
Bronze Mitch Ivey
 United States

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Zoltán Verrasztó  Hungary 2:09.89
2 Colin Cunningham  Great Britain 2:11.06
3 Bill Kennedy  Canada 2:12.55
4 Rafael Rocha  Mexico 2:15.81
5 Ian MacKenzie  Canada 2:16.36
6 Sergio Hasbún  El Salvador 2:27.93
7 Mark Crocker  Hong Kong 2:33.64

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Mike Stamm  United States 2:07.51
2 Neil Martin  Australia 2:12.09
3 Nenad Miloš  Yugoslavia 2:12.99
4 Lutz Wanja  East Germany 2:13.46
5 Sarun Van  Cambodia 2:24.42
6 Chiang Jin Choon  Malaysia 2:26.51

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Brad Cooper  Australia 2:07.90
2 Tim McKee  United States 2:08.19
3 Massimo Nistri  Italy 2:12.85
4 José Urueta  Mexico 2:13.85
5 Lars Børgesen  Denmark 2:14.50
6 Rômulo Arantes Filho  Brazil 2:18.15
7 Gerardo Rosario  Philippines 2:23.53

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Mitch Ivey  United States 2:09.32
2 Jean-Paul Berjeau  France 2:09.93
3 Bob Schoutsen  Netherlands 2:10.56
4 Tadashi Honda  Japan 2:11.11
5 Róbert Rudolf  Hungary 2:13.64
6 John Hawes  Canada 2:15.34
7 Norbert Verweyen  West Germany 2:15.94
8 Predrag Miloš  Yugoslavia 2:18.43

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Roland Matthes  East Germany 2:06.62
2 Lothar Noack  East Germany 2:08.80
3 Anders Sandberg  Sweden 2:11.36
4 Ejvind Pedersen  Denmark 2:12.30
5 Helmut Podolan  Austria 2:13.63
6 Pierre Baehr  France 2:14.65
7 Bruce Featherston  Australia 2:18.63
8 Gustavo González  Argentina 2:19.74

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Roland Matthes  East Germany 2:02.82 =WR
2 Mike Stamm  United States 2:04.09
3 Mitch Ivey  United States 2:04.33
4 Brad Cooper  Australia 2:06.59
5 Tim McKee  United States 2:07.29
6 Lothar Noack  East Germany 2:08.67
7 Zoltán Verrasztó  Hungary 2:10.09
8 Jean-Paul Berjeau  France 2:11.77

Key: =WR = Equalled world record

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1972 Munich Summer Games: Men's 200 metres Backstroke". Sports Reference. Retrieved 21 November 2016.