Swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre freestyle
|Men's 100 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXIII Olympiad
|Venue||McDonald's Olympic Swim Stadium|
|Date||31 July 1984 (heats & final)|
|Competitors||68 from 43 nations|
|Winning time||49.80 OR|
|Swimming events at the
1984 Summer Olympics
The final of the men's 100 metre freestyle event at the 1984 Summer Olympics was held in the McDonald's Olympic Swim Stadium in Los Angeles, California, on July 31, 1984. The fastest eight qualified for the final, the next eight for the B-final.
Mark Stockwell protested after the race saying Rowdy Gaines false started and that the officials let the race continue. However FINA (the governing body of aquatic sports) overruled the protest and allowed the results to stay the same.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Rowdy Gaines (USA)||49.36||Austin, United States||3 April 1981|
|Olympic record||Jim Montgomery (USA)||49.99||Montreal, Canada||25 July 1976|
The following records were established during the competition:
|31 July||Final A||Rowdy Gaines||United States||49.80||OR|
Rule: The eight fastest swimmers advance to final A (Q), while the next eight to final B (q).
|9||7||Ang Peng Siong||Singapore||51.09||NR|
|11||1||David Lowe||Great Britain||51.48|
|3||Rowdy Gaines||United States||49.80||OR|
|4||5||Mike Heath||United States||50.41|
|8||1||Dirk Korthals||West Germany||50.93|
- "Swimming at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games: Men's 100 metres Freestyle". Sports Reference. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
- "Los Angeles 1984: Swimming – Men's 100m Freestyle Heats" (PDF). Los Angeles 1984. LA84 Foundation. pp. 502–503. Retrieved 6 March 2017.