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200 metres Breaststroke, Men

Date6 – 8 August 1928
LocationZwemstadion, Amsterdam
Participants21 from 13 countries

Only Triple jumper Mikio Oda, a week before, had ever won Olympic gold for Japan before Yoshiyuki Tsuruta swam in the 200 metres breaststroke. Tsuruta’s main rival was Erich Rademacher, the German world record holder who missed the 1924 Games where he would have been a strong favourite. The two traded the Olympic record in the heats but Rademacher may have suffered from his participation in the water polo competition and although Tsuruta was always pressurised, he was never headed as he won with a metre to spare. Teófilo Yldefonso of the Phillipines came perilously close to being knocked out of the competition in his heat, qualified for the semi-finals only as a fastest loser but swam an inspired final to gain the very first medal for the Philippines in Olympic history. Karl Schäfer of Austria, who was eliminated at the semi-final stage, had represented his country in the preceding Winter Olympics as a skater and would gain greater recognition by winning the men’s figure skating gold at the Winter Games in both 1932 and 1936.

1Yoshiyuki TsurutaJPN2:50.0 (1 h4)2:49.2 (1 h1)2:48.8 (1)Gold
2Erich RademacherGER2:52.0 (1 h3)2:56.6 (1 h2)2:50.6 (2)Silver
3Teófilo YldefonsoPHI2:57.4 (3 h2)2:53.2 (3 h1)2:56.4 (3)Bronze
4Erwin SietasGER2:57.4 (2 h1)2:57.8 (3 h2)2:56.6 (4)
5Erik HarlingSWE2:56.4 (1 h2)2:57.2 (2 h2)2:56.8 (5)
6Walter SpenceCAN2:56.6 (1 h1)2:53.0 (2 h1)2:57.2 (6)
4 h1 r2/3Robert WyssSUI3:02.6 (2 h4)– (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3Karl SchäferAUT2:56.6 (2 h2)– (4 h2)
5 h1 r2/3Tom BlankenburgUSA3:04.2 (2 h3)– (5 h1)
3 h1 r1/3Louis Van ParijsBEL3:00.0 (3 h1)
3 h3 r1/3Léon TalonFRA3:05.0 (3 h3)
3 h4 r1/3Leen KorpershoekNED3:04.0 (3 h4)
4 h1 r1/3William RozierFRA– (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/3Yuki MawatariJPN– (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/3Jack AubinCAN– (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/3Reggie FlintGBR– (4 h4)
5 h1 r1/3Hugh SmithGBR– (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/3Ernst BudigGER2:58.6 (5 h2)
5 h4 r1/3José FranceschESP– (5 h4)
6 h4 r1/3Tage WissnellSWE– (6 h4)
AC h3 r1/3Joseph De CombeBEL– (DNF h3)DNF
DNSEdwin FriedbergerAUT– (DNS h1)
DNSOttone AndreancichITA– (DNS h2)
DNSJerzy JurkowskiPOL– (DNS h3)

Round One (6 August 1928 — 11:15)

Top two in each heat and the fastest third-place advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

12Walter SpenceCAN2:56.6Q
21Erwin SietasGER2:57.4Q
35Louis Van ParijsBEL3:00.0
46William RozierFRA
53Hugh SmithGBR
DNS4Edwin FriedbergerAUT

Heat Two

11Erik HarlingSWE2:56.4Q
26Karl SchäferAUT2:56.6Q
35Teófilo YldefonsoPHI2:57.4q
42Yuki MawatariJPN
53Ernst BudigGER2:58.6
DNS4Ottone AndreancichITA

Heat Three

11Erich RademacherGER2:52.0QOR
23Tom BlankenburgUSA3:04.2Q
34Léon TalonFRA3:05.0
46Jack AubinCAN
DNF5Joseph De CombeBEL
DNS2Jerzy JurkowskiPOL

Heat Four

11Yoshiyuki TsurutaJPN2:50.0QOR
25Robert WyssSUI3:02.6Q
32Leen KorpershoekNED3:04.0
43Reggie FlintGBR
54José FranceschESP
66Tage WissnellSWE

Semi-Finals (7 August 1928)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

1Yoshiyuki TsurutaJPN2:49.2QOR
2Walter SpenceCAN2:53.0Q
3Teófilo YldefonsoPHI2:53.2Q
4Robert WyssSUI
5Tom BlankenburgUSA

Heat Two

1Erich RademacherGER2:56.6Q
2Erik HarlingSWE2:57.2Q
3Erwin SietasGER2:57.8Q
4Karl SchäferAUT

Final (8 August 1928 — 15:20)

13Yoshiyuki TsurutaJPN2:48.8OR
24Erich RademacherGER2:50.6
31Teófilo YldefonsoPHI2:56.4
42Erwin SietasGER2:56.6
55Erik HarlingSWE2:56.8
66Walter SpenceCAN2:57.2