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

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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 200 metre individual medley event at the 1972 Olympic Games took place September 3.[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.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Gunnar Larsson
 Sweden
Silver Tim McKee
 United States
Bronze Steve Furniss
 United States

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Wolfram Sperling  East Germany 2:12.87
2 Thomas Aretz  West Germany 2:13.19
3 Bertram Türpe  East Germany 2:16.54
4 Hsu Tung-hsiung  Chinese Taipei 2:18.34
5 José Joaquín Santibáñez  Mexico 2:19.47
6 Amin Ahmed Adel Youssef  Egypt 2:24.61

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 András Hargitay  Hungary 2:10.88
2 Bruce Featherston  Australia 2:15.18
3 Clay Evans  Canada 2:15.19
4 David Brumwell  Canada 2:16.84
5 Gudmunður Gíslason  Iceland 2:20.00
6 James Findlay  Australia 2:20.08
7 Ronnie Wong  Hong Kong 2:34.82

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Gunnar Larsson  Sweden 2:09.70
2 Klaus Steinbach  West Germany 2:13.84
3 Doug Jamison  Canada 2:17.71
4 Antônio Azevedo  Brazil 2:19.41
5 Marian Slavic  Romania 2:19.98
6 Roy Chan  Singapore 2:24.43
7 Barry Prime  Great Britain 2:18.84 DQ

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Tim McKee  United States 2:10.44
2 Juan Carlos Bello  Peru 2:11.70
3 David Wilkie  Great Britain 2:13.25
4 John McConnochie  New Zealand 2:15.04
5 Andreas Weber  West Germany 2:16.17
6 Neil Martin  Australia 2:16.24
7 François van Kruisdijk  Netherlands 2:17.14

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Steve Furniss  United States 2:09.97
2 Hans Ljungberg  Sweden 2:12.46
3 Valentyn Partyka  Soviet Union 2:13.24
4 Ricardo Marmolejo  Mexico 2:15.82
5 Zbigniew Pacelt  Poland 2:17.35
6 Bruno Bassoul  Lebanon 2:27.78
7 Chiang Jin Choon  Malaysia 2:32.67

Heat 6

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Gary Hall  United States 2:09.85
2 Mikhail Sukharev  Soviet Union 2:11.91
3 Christian Lietzmann  East Germany 2:13.42
4 Jiro Sasaki  Japan 2:16.56
5 Jairulla Jaitulla  Philippines 2:17.23
6 Lorenzo Marugo  Italy 2:19.00

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Gunnar Larsson  Sweden 2:07.17 WR
2 Tim McKee  United States 2:08.37
3 Steve Furniss  United States 2:08.45
4 Gary Hall, Sr.  United States 2:08.49
5 András Hargitay  Hungary 2:09.66
6 Mikhail Sukharev  Soviet Union 2:11.78
7 Juan Carlos Bello  Peru 2:11.87
8 Hans Ljungberg  Sweden 2:13.56

Key: WR = World record

References[edit]