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200 metres Individual Medley, Men

Date 3 September 1972
LocationSchwimmhalle, Olympiapark, München
Participants40 from 26 countries

Gary Hall had set three world records in this event since the 1968 Olympics, including at the US Trials in August. But in the 400 IM, held four days earlier, Sweden’s Gunnar Larsson, 1970 European Champion in both IMs, had outtouched American Tim McKee. The three swimmers were expected to contest the medals along with the third American, Steve Furniss, who won the fifth heat in the first round. Hall, a butterfly specialist, took the lead in the final on the opening butterfly leg. He maintained it through the backstroke 50, but Larsson took over on the breaststroke, with McKee moving into second. But the race was over, as Larsson was unchallenged on the freestyle lap, winning by 1.2 seconds in a world record 2:07.17. Furniss came on for the bronze medal as Hall tired in the final lap. Hall was disconsolate, having come to Munich expecting to win gold in both medley races but going home without a medal in either race.

1Gunnar LarssonSWE2:09.70 (1 h3)2:07.17 (1)Gold
2Tim McKeeUSA2:10.44 (1 h4)2:08.37 (2)Silver
3Steve FurnissUSA2:09.97 (1 h5)2:08.45 (3)Bronze
4Gary HallUSA2:09.85 (1 h6)2:08.49 (4)
5András HargitayHUN2:10.88 (1 h2)2:09.66 (5)
6Mikhail SukharevURS2:11.91 (2 h6)2:11.78 (6)
7Juan Carlos BelloPER2:11.70 (2 h4)2:11.87 (7)
8Hans LjungbergSWE2:12.46 (2 h5)2:13.56 (8)
9Wolfram SperlingGDR2:12.87 (1 h1)
10Thomas AretzFRG2:13.19 (2 h1)
11Valentn PartykaURS2:13.24 (3 h5)
12David WilkieGBR2:13.25 (3 h4)
13Christian LietzmannGDR2:13.42 (3 h6)
14Klaus SteinbachFRG2:13.84 (2 h3)
15John McConnochieNZL2:15.04 (4 h4)
16Bruce FeatherstonAUS2:15.18 (2 h2)
17Clay EvansCAN2:15.19 (3 h2)
18Ricardo MarmolejoMEX2:15.82 (4 h5)
19Andreas WeberFRG2:16.17 (5 h4)
20Neil MartinAUS2:16.24 (6 h4)
21Bertram TürpeGDR2:16.54 (3 h1)
22Jiro SasakiJPN2:16.56 (4 h6)
23David BrumwellCAN2:16.84 (4 h2)
24François van KruisdijkNED2:17.14 (7 h4)
25Jairulla JaitullaPHI2:17.23 (5 h6)
26Zbigniew PaceltPOL2:17.35 (5 h5)
27Doug JamisonCAN2:17.71 (3 h3)
28Hsu Tung-HsiungTPE2:18.34 (4 h1)
29Lorenzo MarugoITA2:19.00 (6 h6)
30 RochinhaBRA2:19.41 (4 h3)
31José Joaquín SantibáñezMEX2:19.47 (5 h1)
32Marian SlavicROU2:19.98 (5 h3)
33Gudmunður GíslasonISL2:20.00 (5 h2)
34James FindlayAUS2:20.08 (6 h2)
35Roy ChanSGP2:24.43 (6 h3)
36Adel Youssef AminEGY2:24.61 (6 h1)
37Bruno BassoulLBN2:27.78 (6 h5)
38Chiang Jin ChoonMAS2:32.67 (7 h5)
39Ronnie WongHKG2:34.82 (7 h2)
DQBarry PrimeGBR[2:18.84] (DQ h3)
DNSRoger van HamburgNED– (DNS h1)
DNSAngel ChakarovBUL– (DNS h6)
DNSRod HamiltonRHO

Round One (3 September 1972 — 10:00)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One

1Wolfram SperlingGDR2:12.87
2Thomas AretzFRG2:13.19
3Bertram TürpeGDR2:16.54
4Hsu Tung-HsiungTPE2:18.34
5José Joaquín SantibáñezMEX2:19.47
6Adel Youssef AminEGY2:24.61
DNSRoger van HamburgNED

Heat Two

1András HargitayHUN2:10.88QOR
2Bruce FeatherstonAUS2:15.18
3Clay EvansCAN2:15.19
4David BrumwellCAN2:16.84
5Gudmunður GíslasonISL2:20.00
6James FindlayAUS2:20.08
7Ronnie WongHKG2:34.82

Heat Three

1Gunnar LarssonSWE2:09.70QOR
2Klaus SteinbachFRG2:13.84
3Doug JamisonCAN2:17.71
4 RochinhaBRA2:19.41
5Marian SlavicROU2:19.98
6Roy ChanSGP2:24.43
DQBarry PrimeGBR[2:18.84]

Heat Four

1Tim McKeeUSA2:10.44Q
2Juan Carlos BelloPER2:11.70Q
3David WilkieGBR2:13.25
4John McConnochieNZL2:15.04
5Andreas WeberFRG2:16.17
6Neil MartinAUS2:16.24
7François van KruisdijkNED2:17.14

Heat Five

1Steve FurnissUSA2:09.97Q
2Hans LjungbergSWE2:12.46Q
3Valentn PartykaURS2:13.24
4Ricardo MarmolejoMEX2:15.82
5Zbigniew PaceltPOL2:17.35
6Bruno BassoulLBN2:27.78
7Chiang Jin ChoonMAS2:32.67

Heat Six

1Gary HallUSA2:09.85Q
2Mikhail SukharevURS2:11.91Q
3Christian LietzmannGDR2:13.42
4Jiro SasakiJPN2:16.56
5Jairulla JaitullaPHI2:17.23
6Lorenzo MarugoITA2:19.00
DNSAngel ChakarovBUL

Final (3 September 1972 — 18:00)

14Gunnar LarssonSWE2:07.17WR
26Tim McKeeUSA2:08.37
33Steve FurnissUSA2:08.45
45Gary HallUSA2:08.49
52András HargitayHUN2:09.66
61Mikhail SukharevURS2:11.78
77Juan Carlos BelloPER2:11.87
88Hans LjungbergSWE2:13.56