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200 metres Breaststroke, Men

Date5 – 7 August 1948
LocationWembley Arena, Wembley, London
Participants32 from 20 countries

Joe Verdeur entered the Games as an outstanding favourite for this event having broken the world record on six occasions in the preceding two years. Whilst his times in London were well down on his record breaking performances he led the United States to a clean sweep of the podium positions. The superiority of the butterfly technique in this event was evident in the fact that only one of the finalists used the traditional breaststroke and he, Bob Bonte of Holland, finished eighth and last. Out of 32 entrants, 20 used the butterfly stroke including twelve of the sixteen semi-finalists. Artem Nakache of France, a veteran of the Berlin Games, bowed out in the semi-finals but his achievement in returning to the Olympic arena was remarkable. A Jew, he had been deported to Auschwitz in 1944 and his wife and daughter both died there.

1Joe VerdeurUSA2:40.0 (1 h2)2:40.7 (1 h2)2:39.3 (1)Gold
2Keith CarterUSA2:46.3 (1 h4)2:43.0 (2 h2)2:40.2 (2)Silver
3Bob SohlUSA2:44.9 (1 h1)2:44.4 (3 h1)2:43.9 (3)Bronze
4John DaviesAUS2:48.3 (2 h4)2:44.8 (4 h1)2:43.7 (4)
5Tone CererYUG2:46.3 (2 h5)2:47.3 (4 h2)2:46.1 (5)
6Willy Otto JordanBRA2:46.4 (1 h3)2:43.9 (2 h1)2:46.4 (6)
7Ahmed KandilEGY2:45.5 (1 h5)2:43.7 (1 h1)2:47.5 (7)
8Bob BonteNED2:48.7 (2 h2)2:47.0 (3 h2)2:47.6 (8)
5 h1 r2/3Roy RomainGBR2:49.4 (3 h3)2:49.6 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3Sándor NémethHUN2:48.2 (2 h3)2:48.1 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/3René AmabuyokPHI2:52.6 (4 h1)2:51.8 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3Walter PavlicekAUT2:50.6 (3 h4)2:50.1 (6 h2)
7 h1 r2/3Sigurður Th. JónssonISL2:50.6 (4 h5)2:52.4 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/3Maurice LusienFRA2:49.5 (3 h5)2:51.4 (7 h2)
8 h1 r2/3Artem NakacheFRA2:50.4 (2 h1)2:59.1 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/3Apolonio CastilloMEX2:50.7 (3 h1)2:53.5 (8 h2)
3 h2 r1/3Carlos EspejoARG2:55.0 (3 h2)
4 h2 r1/3Sigurður JónssonISL2:56.4 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/3Walter KunzSUI2:57.6 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/3Nicolas WildhaberSUI2:59.2 (4 h4)
5 h1 r1/3John ServiceGBR3:00.4 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/3Hans WidmerSUI2:56.7 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/3César BenettiARG3:00.6 (5 h3)
5 h5 r1/3Jiří LinhartTCH2:53.8 (5 h5)
6 h2 r1/3Goldup DaviesGBR2:56.6 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/3Atli SteinarssonISL3:02.3 (6 h3)
6 h5 r1/3Jack CaycoPHI2:54.0 (6 h5)
7 h2 r1/3Peter SalmonCAN3:01.5 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/3Des CohenRSA3:03.3 (7 h3)
7 h5 r1/3Kevin HallettAUS3:02.0 (7 h5)
8 h3 r1/3Iftikhar Ahmed ShahPAK3:28.1 (8 h3)
8 h5 r1/3Prafulla MullickIND3:14.9 (8 h5)
DNSPeter MingieCAN– (DNS h1)
DNSAhmed Fouad NessimEGY– (DNS h4)
DNSLászló JeneyHUN– (DNS h1)
DNSGusztáv KettesiHUN– (DNS h2)
DNSJaffar Ali ShahPAK– (DNS h4)
DNSĽudovít KomadelTCH– (DNS h4)

Round One (5 August 1948 — 19:00)

Top two in each heat and the next six fastest advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

12Bob SohlUSA2:44.9Q
21Artem NakacheFRA2:50.4Q
36Apolonio CastilloMEX2:50.7q
47René AmabuyokPHI2:52.6q
54John ServiceGBR3:00.4
DNS5Peter MingieCAN
DNS3László JeneyHUN

Heat Two

17Joe VerdeurUSA2:40.0QOR
28Bob BonteNED2:48.7Q
33Carlos EspejoARG2:55.0
45Sigurður JónssonISL2:56.4
52Hans WidmerSUI2:56.7
64Goldup DaviesGBR2:56.6
71Peter SalmonCAN3:01.5
DNS6Gusztáv KettesiHUN

Heat Three

15Willy Otto JordanBRA2:46.4Q
22Sándor NémethHUN2:48.2Q
37Roy RomainGBR2:49.4q
43Walter KunzSUI2:57.6
58César BenettiARG3:00.6
61Atli SteinarssonISL3:02.3
76Des CohenRSA3:03.3
84Iftikhar Ahmed ShahPAK3:28.1

Heat Four

11Keith CarterUSA2:46.3Q
22John DaviesAUS2:48.3Q
34Walter PavlicekAUT2:50.6q
47Nicolas WildhaberSUI2:59.2
DNS3Ahmed Fouad NessimEGY
DNS6Jaffar Ali ShahPAK
DNS5Ľudovít KomadelTCH

Heat Five

13Ahmed KandilEGY2:45.5Q
21Tone CererYUG2:46.3Q
36Maurice LusienFRA2:49.5q
44Sigurður Th. JónssonISL2:50.6q
58Jiří LinhartTCH2:53.8
62Jack CaycoPHI2:54.0
75Kevin HallettAUS3:02.0
87Prafulla MullickIND3:14.9

Semi-Finals (6 August 1948 — 16:00)

Top three in each heat and the next two fastest advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

14Ahmed KandilEGY2:43.7Q
26Willy Otto JordanBRA2:43.9Q
35Bob SohlUSA2:44.4Q
43John DaviesAUS2:44.8q
57Roy RomainGBR2:49.6
61René AmabuyokPHI2:51.8
78Sigurður Th. JónssonISL2:52.4
82Artem NakacheFRA2:59.1

Heat Two

15Joe VerdeurUSA2:40.7Q
24Keith CarterUSA2:43.0Q
37Bob BonteNED2:47.0Q
46Tone CererYUG2:47.3q
53Sándor NémethHUN2:48.1
68Walter PavlicekAUT2:50.1
72Maurice LusienFRA2:51.4
81Apolonio CastilloMEX2:53.5

Final (7 August 1948 — 14:00)

15Joe VerdeurUSA2:39.3OR
24Keith CarterUSA2:40.2
37Bob SohlUSA2:43.9
42John DaviesAUS2:43.7
51Tone CererYUG2:46.1
63Willy Otto JordanBRA2:46.4
76Ahmed KandilEGY2:47.5
88Bob BonteNED2:47.6