Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre freestyle

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Swimming events at the
1972 Summer Olympics
Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
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 100 metre freestyle event at the 1972 Olympic Games took place between September 2 and 3.[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.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Mark Spitz
 United States
Silver Jerry Heidenreich
 United States
Bronze Vladimir Bure
 Soviet Union

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

16 fastest swimmer from seven heats advanced to semifinal.

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Ruy de Oliveira  Brazil 54.26
2 Gilles Vigne  France 54.34
3 Wilfried Hartung  East Germany 54.37
4 Malcolm Windeatt  Great Britain 54.70
5 Geoffrey Ferreira  Trinidad and Tobago 56.27
6 Roberto Strauss  Mexico 56.78

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Igor Grivennikov  Soviet Union 53.64 Q
2 Colin Herring  New Zealand 54.41
3 Alain Hermitte  France 54.57
4 István Szentirmay  Hungary 54.71
5 Antonio Ferracuti  El Salvador 56.69
6 Sandro Rudan  Yugoslavia 56.91
7 Bruno Bassoul  Lebanon 1:00.8

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Vladimir Bure  Soviet Union 52.87 Q
2 Jorge Comas  Spain 53.70 Q
3 José Aranha  Brazil 54.06 Q
4 Hanspeter Würmli  Switzerland 55.08
5 Neil Rogers  Australia 55.32
6 Samnang Prak  Cambodia 59.18

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Michel Rousseau  France 52.93 Q
2 Kersten Meier  West Germany 53.96 Q
3 Greg Rogers  Australia 53.98 Q
4 Hartmut Flöckner  East Germany 54.36
5 Bruce Robertson  Canada 54.76
6 Feridun Aybars  Turkey 59.32

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 John Murphy  United States 53.07 Q
2 Georgijs Kuļikovs  Soviet Union 53.78 Q
3 Peter Bruch  East Germany 54.25 Q
4 Paulo Zanetti  Brazil 54.97
5 Brian Brinkley  Great Britain 55.06
6 Zbigniew Pacelt  Poland 55.97
7 Andrew Hunter  Ireland 56.09
8 Abdullah Abdulrahman  Kuwait 1:03.94

Heat 6

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Jerry Heidenreich  United States 52.38 Q
2 Brian Phillips  Canada 53.75 Q
3 Bob Kasting  Canada 54.07 Q
4 Gerhard Schiller  West Germany 54.28
5 Attila Császári  Hungary 55.37
6 Finnur Garðarsson  Iceland 55.97
7 Salvador Vilanova  El Salvador 56.57
8 Wong Ronnie  Hong Kong 57.53

Heat 7

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Mike Wenden  Australia 52.34 Q
2 Mark Spitz  United States 52.46 Q
3 Klaus Steinbach  West Germany 52.91 Q
4 Fritz Warncke  Norway 54.41
5 Roberto Pangaro  Italy 54.74
6 Marian Slavic  Romania 55.35
7 Jorge van Balen  Venezuela 57.20

Semifinals[edit]

Top three swimmers in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Jerry Heidenreich  United States 52.31 Q
2 Igor Grivennikov  Soviet Union 52.55 Q
3 Vladimir Bure  Soviet Union 52.60 Q
4 Michel Rousseau  France 52.82 q
5 José Aranha  Brazil 53.47
6 Brian Phillips  Canada 53.73
7 Peter Bruch  East Germany 53.97
8 Kersten Meier  West Germany 54.35

Semifinal 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Mike Wenden  Australia 52.32 Q
2 Mark Spitz  United States 52.43 Q
3 Klaus Steinbach  West Germany 52.87 Q
4 John Murphy  United States 53.17 q
5 Bob Kasting  Canada 53.62
6 Georgijs Kuļikovs  Soviet Union 53.68
7 Jorge Comas  Spain 53.92
8 Greg Rogers  Australia 54.26

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Mark Spitz  United States 51.22 WR
2 Jerry Heidenreich  United States 51.65
3 Vladimir Bure  Soviet Union 51.77
4 John Murphy  United States 52.08
5 Mike Wenden  Australia 52.41
6 Igor Grivennikov  Soviet Union 52.44
7 Michel Rousseau  France 52.90
8 Klaus Steinbach  West Germany 52.92

Key: WR = World record

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1972 Munich Summer Games: Men's 100 metres Freestyle". Sports Reference. Retrieved 19 November 2016.