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200 metres Backstroke, Men

Date11 – 13 October 1964
LocationKokuritsu Yoyogi Kyogijo, Shibuya, Tokyo
Participants34 from 21 countries

The defending Olympic champion in this event was Ernst Hoppenberg of Germany, who had won in 1900, the last time the 200 backstroke was contested at the Olympics. Hoppenburg did not compete in Tokyo, having died in 1937. In 1964 the 200 replaced the 100 backstroke that was usually on the Olympic Program. The last four world records at 200 back had been set by American Tom Stock but he did not make the US team for Tokyo. It mattered little to the Americans as they swept the medals, led by Jed Graef who swam 2:10.3 to better Stock’s world mark, with Gary Dilley close behind in second. The bronze medal position came down to Bob Bennett against Shigeo Fukushima, with the Japanese closing fast, but Bennett hung on to complete the sweep for the USA.

1Jed GraefUSA2:14.5 (1 h3)2:13.7 (1 h2)2:10.3 (1)Gold
2Gary DilleyUSA2:14.2 (1 h5)2:13.8 (1 h1)2:10.5 (2)Silver
3Bob BennettUSA2:16.1 (1 h1)2:16.3 (4 h1)2:13.1 (3)Bronze
4Shigeo FukushimaJPN2:14.7 (1 h2)2:14.1 (2 h1)2:13.2 (4)
5Ernst-Joachim KüppersGER2:17.9 (2 h4)2:15.3 (2 h2)2:15.7 (5)
6Viktor MazanovURS2:16.8 (2 h2)2:15.4 (3 h2)2:15.9 (6)
7Ralph HuttonCAN2:17.8 (3 h1)2:15.8 (3 h1)2:15.9 (7)
8Peter ReynoldsAUS2:15.9 (2 h5)2:15.6 (4 h2)2:16.6 (8)
9Dino RoraITA2:17.8 (3 h3)2:16.7 (5 h2)
10Isagi OsumiJPN2:17.3 (2 h1)2:17.0 (5 h1)
11József CsikányHUN2:18.3 (3 h5)2:17.5 (6 h1)
12Keisuke ItoJPN2:16.7 (2 h3)2:17.6 (7 h1)
13Ezio Della SaviaITA2:16.6 (1 h4)2:18.4 (6 h2)
14Henri van OschNED2:19.1 (4 h1)2:19.7 (8 h1)
15Wolfgang WagnerGER2:18.5 (4 h5)2:20.2 (7 h2)
16Carlos van der MaathARG2:19.6 (5 h5)2:21.3 (8 h2)
17Jesús CabreraESP2:19.7 (4 h3)
18Ivan FerákTCH2:20.0 (3 h4)
=19Jürgen DietzeGER2:20.4 (3 h2)
=19Jan WeetelingNED2:20.4 (4 h2)
21Friedrich SudaAUT2:20.7 (4 h4)
22Ron JacksCAN2:21.3 (5 h4)
23Geoff ThwaitesGBR2:22.0 (6 h4)
24Robert ChristopheFRA2:22.5 (6 h5)
25Lars Kraus JensenDEN2:23.3 (5 h1)
=26Pedro DizARG2:24.9 (5 h3)
=26Herman VerbauwenBEL2:24.9 (6 h1)
28Gerhard WielandAUT2:25.9 (6 h3)
29John ByromAUS2:27.0 (5 h2)
30Augusto FerreroPER2:29.9 (7 h3)
31Ákos GulyásHUN2:30.5 (6 h2)
32Elliot ChenauxPUR2:33.1 (7 h2)
33Michael EuMAS2:35.8 (7 h1)
34Chan Kam HongHKG2:46.0 (7 h4)
DNSSomchai ChudtipanangTHA– (DNS h5)

Round One (11 October 1964 — 20:15)

Fastest sixteen advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

15Bob BennettUSA2:16.1QOR
22Isagi OsumiJPN2:17.3Q
33Ralph HuttonCAN2:17.8Q
44Henri van OschNED2:19.1Q
56Lars Kraus JensenDEN2:23.3
61Herman VerbauwenBEL2:24.9
77Michael EuMAS2:35.8

Heat Two

13Shigeo FukushimaJPN2:14.7QOR
22Viktor MazanovURS2:16.8Q
31Jürgen DietzeGER2:20.4
45Jan WeetelingNED2:20.4
54John ByromAUS2:27.0
66Ákos GulyásHUN2:30.5
77Elliot ChenauxPUR2:33.1

Heat Three

14Jed GraefUSA2:14.5QOR
25Keisuke ItoJPN2:16.7Q
32Dino RoraITA2:17.8Q
43Jesús CabreraESP2:19.7
51Pedro DizARG2:24.9
66Gerhard WielandAUT2:25.9
77Augusto FerreroPER2:29.9

Heat Four

11Ezio Della SaviaITA2:16.6Q
27Ernst-Joachim KüppersGER2:17.9Q
35Ivan FerákTCH2:20.0
42Friedrich SudaAUT2:20.7
56Ron JacksCAN2:21.3
64Geoff ThwaitesGBR2:22.0
73Chan Kam HongHKG2:46.0

Heat Five

16Gary DilleyUSA2:14.2QOR
25Peter ReynoldsAUS2:15.9Q
31József CsikányHUN2:18.3Q
44Wolfgang WagnerGER2:18.5Q
53Carlos van der MaathARG2:19.6Q
67Robert ChristopheFRA2:22.5
DNS8Somchai ChudtipanangTHA

Semi-Finals (12 October 1964 — 19:40)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One

14Gary DilleyUSA2:13.8QOR
25Shigeo FukushimaJPN2:14.1Q
37Ralph HuttonCAN2:15.8Q
43Bob BennettUSA2:16.3Q
52Isagi OsumiJPN2:17.0
61József CsikányHUN2:17.5
76Keisuke ItoJPN2:17.6
88Henri van OschNED2:19.7

Heat Two

14Jed GraefUSA2:13.7QOR
27Ernst-Joachim KüppersGER2:15.3Q
36Viktor MazanovURS2:15.4Q
45Peter ReynoldsAUS2:15.6Q
52Dino RoraITA2:16.7
63Ezio Della SaviaITA2:18.4
71Wolfgang WagnerGER2:20.2
88Carlos van der MaathARG2:21.3

Final (13 October 1964 — 20:20)

14Jed GraefUSA2:10.3WR
25Gary DilleyUSA2:10.5
38Bob BennettUSA2:13.1
43Shigeo FukushimaJPN2:13.2
56Ernst-Joachim KüppersGER2:15.7
62Viktor MazanovURS2:15.9
71Ralph HuttonCAN2:15.9
87Peter ReynoldsAUS2:16.6