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200 metres Butterfly, Men

Date16 – 18 October 1964
LocationKokuritsu Yoyogi Kyogijo, Shibuya, Tokyo
Participants32 from 19 countries

Since 1961 Kevin Berry (AUS) and Carl Robie (USA) had traded the world record back-and-forth, each setting the mark four times. On the eve of the Tokyo Olympics, Berry held the record with 2:06.9 that he had set in Sydney at the Australian Trials. They both made the final easily, but neither led at the beginning, as American Fred Schmidt took it to 100 metres in 1:00.2, with Berry and Robie both clocking 1:00.4 in second. By 150 metres, Schmidt had faded behind the favored duo, with Berry leading off the final wall, and he pulled away on the last lap to win gold in 2:06.6, breaking his own world mark, with Robie in second, recording a personal best with 2:07.5, and Schmidt holding on for bronze.

1Kevin BerryAUS2:11.0 (1 h2)2:09.8 (1 h2)2:06.6 (1)Gold
2Carl RobieUSA2:10.0 (1 h1)2:09.3 (1 h1)2:07.5 (2)Silver
3Fred SchmidtUSA2:13.3 (2 h5)2:11.5 (2 h1)2:09.3 (3)Bronze
4Phil RikerUSA2:12.6 (1 h4)2:09.9 (2 h2)2:11.0 (4)
5Valentin KuzminURS2:15.5 (3 h3)2:11.9 (4 h1)2:11.3 (5)
6Yoshinori KadonagaJPN2:14.5 (3 h5)2:12.3 (3 h2)2:12.6 (6)
7Brett HillAUS2:12.8 (1 h5)2:11.9 (3 h1)2:12.8 (7)
8Dan SherryCAN2:12.9 (3 h2)2:12.9 (4 h2)2:14.6 (8)
9Kosuke SatoJPN2:12.4 (2 h2)2:13.4 (5 h1)
10Werner FreitagGER2:16.9 (4 h3)2:13.5 (6 h1)
11Luis NicolaoARG2:15.0 (1 h3)2:13.7 (7 h1)
12Atsushi ObayashiJPN2:15.1 (2 h1)2:14.1 (5 h2)
13Dave GerrardNZL2:16.3 (4 h2)2:15.4 (6 h2)
14Brian JenkinsGBR2:15.5 (2 h4)2:15.5 (7 h2)
15Giampiero FossatiITA2:17.2 (4 h5)2:18.1 (8 h2)
16John StarkAUS2:15.3 (2 h3)2:18.4 (8 h1)
=17Antonio RastrelliITA2:17.3 (3 h1)
=17Oleg FotinURS2:17.3 (3 h4)
19Gabriel AltamiranoMEX2:17.9 (4 h4)
20Hermann LotterGER2:18.2 (4 h1)
21Vítor FonsecaPOR2:18.3 (5 h1)
22Wolfgang PlatzeckGER2:18.7 (5 h4)
23Avraham MelamedISR2:20.7 (5 h2)
24Ralph HuttonCAN2:20.8 (5 h5)
25Volker DeckardtAUT2:21.3 (6 h4)
26Dick LangerhorstNED2:22.5 (7 h4)
27Juan AlanísMEX2:23.9 (5 h3)
28Carlos CanepaPER2:24.9 (6 h2)
29Bernard ChanMAS2:26.6 (6 h3)
30Joaquín PujolESP2:28.3 (7 h2)
31Gustavo OcampoPER2:31.4 (6 h5)
32Narong ChokumnuayTHA2:32.5 (6 h1)
DNSJean PommatFRA– (DNS h1)
DNSJohn ThurleyGBR– (DNS h5)
DNSIngvar ErikssonSWE– (DNS h3)

Round One (16 October 1964 — 12:25)

Fastest sixteen advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

12Carl RobieUSA2:10.0QOR
21Atsushi ObayashiJPN2:15.1Q
37Antonio RastrelliITA2:17.3
45Hermann LotterGER2:18.2
56Vítor FonsecaPOR2:18.3
64Narong ChokumnuayTHA2:32.5
DNS3Jean PommatFRA

Heat Two

16Kevin BerryAUS2:11.0Q
24Kosuke SatoJPN2:12.4Q
33Dan SherryCAN2:12.9Q
47Dave GerrardNZL2:16.3Q
51Avraham MelamedISR2:20.7
62Carlos CanepaPER2:24.9
75Joaquín PujolESP2:28.3

Heat Three

11Luis NicolaoARG2:15.0Q
26John StarkAUS2:15.3Q
33Valentin KuzminURS2:15.5Q
42Werner FreitagGER2:16.9Q
57Juan AlanísMEX2:23.9
65Bernard ChanMAS2:26.6
DNS4Ingvar ErikssonSWE

Heat Four

13Phil RikerUSA2:12.6Q
27Brian JenkinsGBR2:15.5Q
31Oleg FotinURS2:17.3
44Gabriel AltamiranoMEX2:17.9
56Wolfgang PlatzeckGER2:18.7
65Volker DeckardtAUT2:21.3
72Dick LangerhorstNED2:22.5

Heat Five

13Brett HillAUS2:12.8Q
26Fred SchmidtUSA2:13.3Q
34Yoshinori KadonagaJPN2:14.5Q
42Giampiero FossatiITA2:17.2Q
57Ralph HuttonCAN2:20.8
61Gustavo OcampoPER2:31.4
DNS5John ThurleyGBR

Semi-Finals (17 October 1964 — 20:45)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One

14Carl RobieUSA2:09.3QOR
26Fred SchmidtUSA2:11.5Q
33Brett HillAUS2:11.9Q
41Valentin KuzminURS2:11.9Q
55Kosuke SatoJPN2:13.4
68Werner FreitagGER2:13.5
72Luis NicolaoARG2:13.7
87John StarkAUS2:18.4

Heat Two

14Kevin BerryAUS2:09.8Q
25Phil RikerUSA2:09.9Q
36Yoshinori KadonagaJPN2:12.3Q
43Dan SherryCAN2:12.9Q
52Atsushi ObayashiJPN2:14.1
61Dave GerrardNZL2:15.4
77Brian JenkinsGBR2:15.5
88Giampiero FossatiITA2:18.1

Final (18 October 1964 — 11:35)

15Kevin BerryAUS2:06.6WR
24Carl RobieUSA2:07.5
36Fred SchmidtUSA2:09.3
43Phil RikerUSA2:11.0
57Valentin KuzminURS2:11.3
61Yoshinori KadonagaJPN2:12.6
72Brett HillAUS2:12.8
88Dan SherryCAN2:14.6