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100 metres Butterfly, Men

Date20 – 21 October 1968
LocationAlberca Olímpica Francisco Márquez, Ciudad de México
Participants47 from 28 countries

This was a new Olympic event but the favorite was well known – Mark Spitz, who was the world record holder. Spitz came to Mexico City attempting to win gold medals in six events. He disappointed, winning two gold medals in relays, and one silver and one bronze in individual events. Better things would be ahead for him in Munich four years hence. His biggest challenger in this event was his teammate Doug Russell, but Russell had never defeated Spitz at the distance. Normally a fast starter, he was invariably passed by Spitz on the home lap. In Mexico City, however, Russell went out slowly as Spitz led the final to the turn in 26.1. On the final lap, Russell pulled ahead and won the gold medal with Spitz second, winning his individual silver, and Ross Wales completing the American sweep. Spitz would return in 1972 and win this event in world record time, along with most everything else.

1Doug RussellUSA57.3 (1 h1)55.9 (1 h3)55.9 (1)Gold
2Mark SpitzUSA58.5 (1 h5)57.4 (1 h1)56.4 (2)Silver
3Ross WalesUSA58.7 (1 h3)58.2 (2 h3)57.2 (3)Bronze
4Vladimir NemshilovURS59.1 (2 h1)59.0 (2 h2)58.1 (4)
5Satoshi MaruyaJPN58.1 (1 h4)58.0 (1 h2)58.6 (5)
6Yury SuzdaltsevURS59.3 (2 h3)58.9 (3 h3)58.8 (6)
7Lutz StoklasaFRG59.2 (1 h6)58.5 (2 h1)58.9 (7)
8Robert CusackAUS59.6 (2 h6)59.2 (4 h3)59.8 (8)
9Neil JacksonGBR59.7 (1 h2)59.3 (3 h1)
10Martyn WoodroffeGBR59.7 (2 h4)59.5 (3 h2)
=11Tom ArusooCAN59.8 (3 h6)59.6 (4 h2)
=11Avraham MelamedISR59.4 (3 h3)59.6 (4 h1)
13Yasuo TakadaJPN1:00.0 (2 h5)59.8 (5 h3)
=14Werner FreitagFRG1:00.1 (3 h4)59.9 (5 h1)
=14Ingvar ErikssonSWE1:00.6 (5 h5)59.9 (5 h2)
=14Bo WestergrenSWE59.9 (2 h7)59.9 (6 h1)
17Gary GoodnerPUR1:00.3 (2 h2)1:00.1 (6 h3)
18Antonio AttanasioITA1:00.0 (3 h1)1:00.3 (6 h2)
19Ron JacksCAN1:00.5 (3 h2)1:00.5 (7 h2)
20Angelo TozziITA1:00.6 (4 h5)1:00.8 (7 h3)
21José FerraioliPUR1:00.6 (3 h5)1:00.9 (7 h1)
22John ThurleyGBR1:00.7 (4 h1)1:01.2 (8 h1)
23Luis NicolaoARG59.3 (1 h7)– (DNS h2)
24Arturo Lang-LentonESP1:00.7 (3 h7)– (DNS h3)
25Horst-Günter GregorGDR59.8 (4 h3)
26Sergey KonovURS1:00.8 (4 h2)
=27Eduardo OrejuelaECU1:00.9 (4 h7)
=27Ayis CapéronisSUI1:00.9 (5 h1)
29István SzentirmayHUN1:01.0 (5 h3)
30Graham DunnAUS1:01.6 (4 h4)
=31Giampiero FossatiITA1:01.7 (5 h7)
=31Mario SantibáñezMEX1:01.7 (4 h6)
33Leroy GoffPHI1:02.0 (6 h3)
=34Joseph MeytenBEL1:02.2 (6 h1)
=34Tomás BecerraCOL1:02.2 (6 h5)
=36 NikitaBRA1:02.3 (5 h2)
=36Peter FeilSWE1:02.3 (5 h6)
38Donnacha O'DeaIRL1:02.8 (5 h4)
39Ramiro BenavidesGUA1:03.1 (6 h2)
40Guðmundur GíslasonISL1:03.3 (6 h4)
41Maximiliano AguilarMEX1:04.0 (6 h6)
42Lee Tong-ShingTPE1:05.2 (6 h7)
43Salvador VilanovaESA1:06.4 (7 h3)
=44Andrew LohHKG1:06.5 (7 h1)
=44Bob LohHKG1:06.5 (7 h5)
46Rubén GuerreroESA1:10.1 (7 h6)
47Friedrich JokischESA1:10.5 (7 h4)
DNSLászló Cseh, Sr.HUN– (DNS h7)
DNSGeoffrey FerreiraTTO– (DNS h2)

Round One (20 October 1968 — 10:00)

Fastest 24 advanced to the final.

Heat One

14Doug RussellUSA57.3QOR
21Vladimir NemshilovURS59.1Q
33Antonio AttanasioITA1:00.0Q
46John ThurleyGBR1:00.7Q
57Ayis CapéronisSUI1:00.9
62Joseph MeytenBEL1:02.2
75Andrew LohHKG1:06.5

Heat Two

13Neil JacksonGBR59.7Q
22Gary GoodnerPUR1:00.3Q
34Ron JacksCAN1:00.5Q
47Sergey KonovURS1:00.8
55 NikitaBRA1:02.3
66Ramiro BenavidesGUA1:03.1
DNSGeoffrey FerreiraTTO

Heat Three

15Ross WalesUSA58.7Q
22Yury SuzdaltsevURS59.3Q
34Avraham MelamedISR59.4Q
41Horst-Günter GregorGDR59.8Q
57István SzentirmayHUN1:01.0
63Leroy GoffPHI1:02.0
76Salvador VilanovaESA1:06.4

Heat Four

11Satoshi MaruyaJPN58.1Q
23Martyn WoodroffeGBR59.7Q
37Werner FreitagFRG1:00.1Q
46Graham DunnAUS1:01.6
54Donnacha O'DeaIRL1:02.8
65Guðmundur GíslasonISL1:03.3
72Friedrich JokischESA1:10.5

Heat Five

14Mark SpitzUSA58.5Q
27Yasuo TakadaJPN1:00.0Q
36José FerraioliPUR1:00.6Q
41Angelo TozziITA1:00.6Q
52Ingvar ErikssonSWE1:00.6Q
63Tomás BecerraCOL1:02.2
75Bob LohHKG1:06.5

Heat Six

12Lutz StoklasaFRG59.2Q
23Robert CusackAUS59.6Q
36Tom ArusooCAN59.8Q
44Mario SantibáñezMEX1:01.7
55Peter FeilSWE1:02.3
67Maximiliano AguilarMEX1:04.0
71Rubén GuerreroESA1:10.1

Heat Seven

14Luis NicolaoARG59.3Q
27Bo WestergrenSWE59.9Q
36Arturo Lang-LentonESP1:00.7
45Eduardo OrejuelaECU1:00.9
53Giampiero FossatiITA1:01.7
62Lee Tong-ShingTPE1:05.2
DNSLászló Cseh, Sr.HUN

Semi-Finals (20 October 1968 — 17:00)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One

14Mark SpitzUSA57.4Q
25Lutz StoklasaFRG58.5Q
36Neil JacksonGBR59.3
43Avraham MelamedISR59.6
57Werner FreitagFRG59.9
62Bo WestergrenSWE59.9
71José FerraioliPUR1:00.9
88John ThurleyGBR1:01.2

Heat Two

13Satoshi MaruyaJPN58.0Q
24Vladimir NemshilovURS59.0Q
35Martyn WoodroffeGBR59.5
42Tom ArusooCAN59.6
57Ingvar ErikssonSWE59.9
66Antonio AttanasioITA1:00.3
71Ron JacksCAN1:00.5
DNSLuis NicolaoARG

Heat Three

13Doug RussellUSA55.9QOR
24Ross WalesUSA58.2Q
32Yury SuzdaltsevURS58.9Q
45Robert CusackAUS59.2Q
56Yasuo TakadaJPN59.8
61Gary GoodnerPUR1:00.1
77Angelo TozziITA1:00.8
DNSArturo Lang-LentonESP

Final (21 October 1968 — 17:00)

14Doug RussellUSA55.9OR
25Mark SpitzUSA56.4
36Ross WalesUSA57.2
41Vladimir NemshilovURS58.1
53Satoshi MaruyaJPN58.6
67Yury SuzdaltsevURS58.8
72Lutz StoklasaFRG58.9
88Robert CusackAUS59.8