Swimming at the 1976 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre freestyle

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Men's 100 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXI Olympiad
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Jim Montgomery  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jack Babashoff  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Peter Nocke  West Germany
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The men's 100 metre freestyle event at the 1976 Olympic Games took place between July 24 and 25.[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.

This was the first time in history that the 100m freestyle was swum under 50 seconds.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Jim Montgomery
 United States
Silver Jack Babashoff
 United States
Bronze Peter Nocke
 West Germany

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Jim Montgomery (USA) 50.59 Kansas City, United States 23 August 1975
Olympic record  Mark Spitz (USA) 51.22 Munich, West Germany 3 September 1972

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Andrey Bogdanov  Soviet Union 53.23 q
2 Stefan Georgiev  Bulgaria 53.85
3 Roger Pyttel  East Germany 53.93
4 Dirk Braunleder  West Germany 54.04
5 Jorge Comas  Spain 54.05
6 Mark Crocker  Hong Kong 54.14
7 Kozo Higuchi  Japan 54.67

Key: Q = Qualified, q = Qualified for Swim-Off, WR = World record

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Marello Guarducci  Italy 51.57 Q
2 Steve Pickell  Canada 52.65 Q
3 Martin Smith  Great Britain 53.17 Q
4 René Écuyer  France 53.20 Q
5 Ramón Volcan  Venezuela 53.53
6 Helmut Levy  Colombia 54.60
7 Kris Sumono  Indonesia 55.50

Key: Q = Qualified, q = Qualified for Swim-Off, WR = World record

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Klaus Steinbach  West Germany 51.47 Q
2 Jack Babashoff  United States 51.53 Q
3 Jorge Delgado, Jr.  Ecuador 53.91
4 Neil Rogers  Australia 53.96
5 Paul Jovanneau  Brazil 54.49
6 Campari Knoepffler  Nicaragua 58.48

Key: Q = Qualified, q = Qualified for Swim-Off, WR = World record

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Vladimir Bure  Soviet Union 51.81 Q
2 Andrey Krylov  Soviet Union 52.02 Q
3 Gary MacDonald  Canada 52.91 Q
4 Svante Rasmuson  Sweden 53.20 Q
5 Glenn Patching  Australia 53.29
6 Gerardo Rosario  Philippines 56.00

Key: Q = Qualified, q = Qualified for Swim-Off, WR = World record

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Joe Bottom  United States 51.47 Q
2 Peter Nocke  West Germany 51.59 Q
3 Bruce Robertson  Canada 53.37
4 Peter Coughlan  Australia 53.49
5 Dan Larsson  Sweden 53.81
6 Gianni Versari  Panama 54.11
7 Steven Newkirk  Virgin Islands 55.43

Key: Q = Qualified, q = Qualified for Swim-Off, WR = World record

Heat 6

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Jim Montgomery  United States 52.13 Q
2 Michael Rousseau  France 52.43 Q
3 Roberto Pangaro  Italy 53.05 Q
4 Kevin Burns  Great Britain 53.23 q
5 Fritz Warncke  Norway 53.55
6 Fernando Cañales  Puerto Rico 55.31
7 José Pereira  Portugal 55.46
8 Sigurður Ólafsson  Iceland 56.01

Key: Q = Qualified, q = Qualified for Swim-Off, WR = World record

Swim-Off for 16th Place

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Andrey Bogdanov  Soviet Union 52.82 Q
2 Kevin Burns  Great Britain 53.11

Key: Q = Qualified, q = Qualified for Swim-Off, WR = World record

Semifinals[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Jim Montgomery  United States 50.39 Q, WR
2 Marcello Guarducci  Italy 51.35 Q
3 Klaus Steinbach  West Germany 51.62 Q
4 Vladimir Bure  Soviet Union 51.93 Q
5 Roberto Pangaro  Italy 52.68
6 Stephen Pickell  Canada 52.89
7 René Ecuyer  France 52.92
8 Andrei Bogdanov  Soviet Union 53.05

Key: Q = Qualified, WR = Olympic record

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Jack Babashoff  United States 51.46 Q
2 Peter Nocke  West Germany 51.83 Q
3 Joe Bottom  United States 51.92 Q
4 Andrey Krylov  Soviet Union 52.32 Q
5 Michel Rousseau  France 52.36
6 Gary MacDonald  Canada 52.96
7 Martin Smith  Great Britain 53.11
8 Svante Rasmussen  Sweden 53.34

Key: Q = Qualified

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Jim Montgomery  United States 49.99 WR
2 Jack Babashoff  United States 50.81
3 Peter Nocke  West Germany 51.31
4 Klaus Steinbach  West Germany 51.68
5 Marcello Guarducci  Italy 51.70
6 Joe Bottom  United States 51.79
7 Vladimir Bure  Soviet Union 52.03
8 Andrey Krylov  Soviet Union 52.15

Key: WR = World record

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1976 Montreal Summer Games: Men's 100 metres Freestyle". Sports Reference. Retrieved 3 December 2016.