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100 metres Butterfly, Men

Date30 – 31 August 1972
LocationSchwimmhalle, Olympiapark, München
Participants39 from 27 countries

Mark Spitz was the best swimmer in the world in 1971. The 100 metre butterfly was his best event – you do the math. Spitz had set six of the last seven world records in the 100 fly, including two at the US Trials in August. By the day of the 100 fly final, he had already won three gold medals in Munich, in his quest to sweep seven events. The final was all Spitz. He started out at world record pace (25.38 to the wall), and increased it, winning in 54.27, a full 1.29 seconds ahead of Canada’s Bruce Robertson. Spitz had his fourth gold medal and his fourth world record in Munich. There were 38 other swimmers in this event, and seven other finalists – nobody noticed. Later on the same day, Spitz would swim in the final of the 4 x 200 freestyle relay, winning his fifth gold medal.

1Mark SpitzUSA56.45 (1 h5)55.98 (1 h2)54.27 (1)Gold
2Bruce RobertsonCAN56.45 (1 h2)56.86 (2 h1)55.56 (2)Silver
3Jerry HeidenreichUSA56.86 (1 h4)56.18 (2 h2)55.74 (3)Bronze
4Roland MatthesGDR57.16 (1 h3)56.51 (1 h1)55.87 (4)
5Dave EdgarUSA57.30 (1 h1)56.88 (3 h2)56.11 (5)
6Byron MacDonaldCAN57.56 (4 h5)57.06 (3 h1)57.27 (6)
7Hartmut FlöcknerGDR57.41 (2 h5)56.96 (4 h2)57.40 (7)
8Neil RogersAUS57.40 (2 h3)57.28 (4 h1)57.90 (8)
9Juan Carlos BelloPER57.54 (3 h5)57.51 (5 h2)
10Bob KastingCAN57.65 (3 h4)57.67 (6 h2)
11Roger PyttelGDR57.98 (2 h1)57.69 (5 h1)
12Sérgio WaismannBRA58.37 (3 h2)58.07 (6 h1)
13John MillsGBR58.28 (3 h3)58.13 (7 h2)
14István SzentirmayHUN58.07 (2 h2)58.25 (8 h2)
15Lutz StoklasaFRG57.50 (2 h4)58.33 (7 h1)
16Geoffrey FerreiraTTO58.26 (4 h4)58.54 (8 h1)
17Viktor SharyginURS58.40 (4 h3)
18Jacques LeloupBEL58.77 (5 h4)
19Peter RemmelFRG58.97 (3 h1)
20Hans LampeFRG59.00 (5 h5)
21Arturo Lang-LentonESP59.22 (5 h3)
22Georgijs KuļikovsURS59.28 (6 h3)
23Sean MaherGBR59.50 (6 h5)
24Yasuhiro KomazakiJPN59.71 (4 h2)
25Vladimir KrivtsovURS59.83 (6 h4)
26Dimitrios KarydisGRE1:00.06 (7 h3)
27Vasil DobrevBUL1:00.07 (7 h5)
28Hugo ValenciaMEX1:00.14 (5 h2)
29Andrzej ChudzińskiPOL1:00.22 (4 h1)
30Alain MosconiFRA1:00.23 (5 h1)
31Aleksandar PavličevićYUG1:00.29 (8 h5)
32Salvador VilanovaESA1:01.25 (6 h1)
33Martin EdwardsGBR1:01.29 (7 h1)
34Carlos BrosasPHI1:02.11 (7 h4)
35Roy ChanSGP1:02.24 (8 h3)
36Feridun AybarsTUR1:04.46 (6 h2)
37Chhay-Kheng NhemCAM1:05.12 (7 h2)
38Bruno BassoulLBN1:05.45 (8 h1)
39Ronnie WongHKG1:07.50 (8 h2)
DNSHsu Tung-HsiungTPE– (DNS h4)

Round One (30 August 1972 — 11:10)

Fastest 16 advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

1Dave EdgarUSA57.30Q
2Roger PyttelGDR57.98Q
3Peter RemmelFRG58.97
4Andrzej ChudzińskiPOL1:00.22
5Alain MosconiFRA1:00.23
6Salvador VilanovaESA1:01.25
7Martin EdwardsGBR1:01.29
8Bruno BassoulLBN1:05.45

Heat Two

1Bruce RobertsonCAN56.45Q
2István SzentirmayHUN58.07Q
3Sérgio WaismannBRA58.37Q
4Yasuhiro KomazakiJPN59.71
5Hugo ValenciaMEX1:00.14
6Feridun AybarsTUR1:04.46
7Chhay-Kheng NhemCAM1:05.12
8Ronnie WongHKG1:07.50

Heat Three

1Roland MatthesGDR57.16Q
2Neil RogersAUS57.40Q
3John MillsGBR58.28Q
4Viktor SharyginURS58.40
5Arturo Lang-LentonESP59.22
6Georgijs KuļikovsURS59.28
7Dimitrios KarydisGRE1:00.06
8Roy ChanSGP1:02.24

Heat Four

1Jerry HeidenreichUSA56.86Q
2Lutz StoklasaFRG57.50Q
3Bob KastingCAN57.65Q
4Geoffrey FerreiraTTO58.26Q
5Jacques LeloupBEL58.77
6Vladimir KrivtsovURS59.83
7Carlos BrosasPHI1:02.11
DNSHsu Tung-HsiungTPE

Heat Five

1Mark SpitzUSA56.45Q
2Hartmut FlöcknerGDR57.41Q
3Juan Carlos BelloPER57.54Q
4Byron MacDonaldCAN57.56Q
5Hans LampeFRG59.00
6Sean MaherGBR59.50
7Vasil DobrevBUL1:00.07
8Aleksandar PavličevićYUG1:00.29

Semi-Finals (30 August 1972 — 17:30)

Top three in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.

Heat One

1Roland MatthesGDR56.51Q
2Bruce RobertsonCAN56.86Q
3Byron MacDonaldCAN57.06Q
4Neil RogersAUS57.28Q
5Roger PyttelGDR57.69
6Sérgio WaismannBRA58.07
7Lutz StoklasaFRG58.33
8Geoffrey FerreiraTTO58.54

Heat Two

1Mark SpitzUSA55.98Q
2Jerry HeidenreichUSA56.18Q
3Dave EdgarUSA56.88Q
4Hartmut FlöcknerGDR56.96Q
5Juan Carlos BelloPER57.51
6Bob KastingCAN57.67
7John MillsGBR58.13
8István SzentirmayHUN58.25

Final (31 August 1972 — 17:40)

14Mark SpitzUSA54.27WR
26Bruce RobertsonCAN55.56
35Jerry HeidenreichUSA55.74
43Roland MatthesGDR55.87
52Dave EdgarUSA56.11
61Byron MacDonaldCAN57.27
77Hartmut FlöcknerGDR57.40
88Neil RogersAUS57.90