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100 metres Freestyle, Men

Date24 – 25 July 1976
LocationPiscine olympique, Montréal, Québec
Participants41 from 27 countries

American Jim Montgomery had broken the world record in this event in August 1975 in Kansas City, finishing in 50.59. But he bettered that in the semi-finals in Montréal with 50.39 and entered the final as a clear favorite. He went out fast in the finishing, hitting the wall in 24.14, 6/10ths ahead of teammate Jack Babashoff. But he did not slow, winning the gold medal in 49.99 for another world record and becoming the first man to swim 100 metres in under 50 seconds. Babashoff trailed behind in 50.81 for the silver with West German Peter Nocke getting bronze. One man who might have challenged Montgomery in Montréal was not there. That was Jonty Skinner of South Africa, who could not compete because his nation was banned by the IOC because of their apartheid policies. A few weeks after Montréal, Skinner lowered Montgomery’s world record to 49.44.

1Jim MontgomeryUSA52.13 (1 h6)50.39 (1 h1)49.99 (1)Gold
2Jack BabashoffUSA51.53 (2 h3)51.46 (1 h2)50.81 (2)Silver
3Peter NockeFRG51.59 (2 h5)51.83 (2 h2)51.31 (3)Bronze
4Klaus SteinbachFRG51.47 (1 h3)51.62 (3 h1)51.68 (4)
5Marcello GuarducciITA51.57 (1 h2)51.35 (2 h1)51.70 (5)
6Joe BottomUSA51.47 (1 h5)51.92 (3 h2)51.79 (6)
7Vladimir BureURS51.81 (1 h4)51.93 (4 h1)52.03 (7)
8Andrey KrylovURS52.02 (2 h4)52.32 (4 h2)52.15 (8)
9Michel RousseauFRA52.43 (2 h6)52.36 (5 h2)
10Roberto PangaroITA53.05 (3 h6)52.68 (5 h1)
11Steve PickellCAN52.65 (2 h2)52.89 (6 h1)
12René ÉcuyerFRA53.20 (4 h2)52.92 (7 h1)
13Gary MacDonaldCAN52.91 (3 h4)52.96 (6 h2)
14Andrey BogdanovURS53.23 (1 h1)53.05 (8 h1)
15Martin SmithGBR53.17 (3 h2)53.11 (7 h2)
16Svante RasmusonSWE53.20 (4 h4)53.34 (8 h2)
17Kevin BurnsGBR53.23 (4 h6)
18Glenn PatchingAUS53.29 (5 h4)
19Bruce RobertsonCAN53.37 (3 h5)
20Peter CoughlanAUS53.49 (4 h5)
21Ramón VolcánVEN53.53 (5 h2)
22Fritz WarnckeNOR53.55 (5 h6)
23Dan LarssonSWE53.81 (5 h5)
24Stefan GeorgievBUL53.85 (2 h1)
25Jorge DelgadoECU53.91 (3 h3)
26Roger PyttelGDR53.93 (3 h1)
27Neil RogersAUS53.96 (4 h3)
28Dirk BraunlederFRG54.04 (4 h1)
29Jorge ComasESP54.05 (5 h1)
30Gianni VersariPAN54.11 (6 h5)
31Mark CrockerHKG54.14 (6 h1)
32Paul JouanneauBRA54.49 (5 h3)
33Helmut LevyCOL54.60 (6 h2)
34Kozo HiguchiJPN54.67 (7 h1)
35Fernando CanalesPUR55.31 (6 h6)
36Steven NewkirkISV55.43 (7 h5)
37José Gomes PereiraPOR55.46 (7 h6)
38Kris SumonoINA55.50 (7 h2)
39Gerardo RosarioPHI56.00 (6 h4)
40Sigurður ÓlafssonISL56.01 (8 h6)
41Campari KnoepfflerNCA58.48 (6 h3)
DNSGerardo VeraVEN– (DNS h3)
DNSJohn EbitoNGR– (DNS h5)

Round One (24 July 1976 — 11:00)

Fastest 16 advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

15Andrey BogdanovURS53.23q
26Stefan GeorgievBUL53.85
34Roger PyttelGDR53.93
43Dirk BraunlederFRG54.04
51Jorge ComasESP54.05
62Mark CrockerHKG54.14
77Kozo HiguchiJPN54.67

Heat Two

15Marcello GuarducciITA51.57Q
24Steve PickellCAN52.65Q
36Martin SmithGBR53.17Q
43René ÉcuyerFRA53.20Q
52Ramón VolcánVEN53.53
67Helmut LevyCOL54.60
71Kris SumonoINA55.50

Heat Three

15Klaus SteinbachFRG51.47Q
24Jack BabashoffUSA51.53Q
36Jorge DelgadoECU53.91
43Neil RogersAUS53.96
57Paul JouanneauBRA54.49
61Campari KnoepfflerNCA58.48
DNS2Gerardo VeraVEN

Heat Four

14Vladimir BureURS51.81Q
25Andrey KrylovURS52.02Q
36Gary MacDonaldCAN52.91Q
42Svante RasmusonSWE53.20Q
53Glenn PatchingAUS53.29
67Gerardo RosarioPHI56.00

Heat Five

14Joe BottomUSA51.47Q
25Peter NockeFRG51.59Q
33Bruce RobertsonCAN53.37
46Peter CoughlanAUS53.49
52Dan LarssonSWE53.81
67Gianni VersariPAN54.11
71Steven NewkirkISV55.43
DNS8John EbitoNGR

Heat Six

14Jim MontgomeryUSA52.13Q
25Michel RousseauFRA52.43Q
33Roberto PangaroITA53.05Q
46Kevin BurnsGBR53.23q
52Fritz WarnckeNOR53.55
61Fernando CanalesPUR55.31
77José Gomes PereiraPOR55.46
88Sigurður ÓlafssonISL56.01

Swim-Off for 16th Place

14Andrey BogdanovURS52.82Q
25Kevin BurnsGBR53.11

Semi-Finals (24 July 1976 — 19:00)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One

16Jim MontgomeryUSA50.39QWR
25Marcello GuarducciITA51.35Q
34Klaus SteinbachFRG51.62Q
43Vladimir BureURS51.93Q
57Roberto PangaroITA52.68
62Steve PickellCAN52.89
71René ÉcuyerFRA52.92
88Andrey BogdanovURS53.05

Heat Two

15Jack BabashoffUSA51.46Q
23Peter NockeFRG51.83Q
34Joe BottomUSA51.92Q
46Andrey KrylovURS52.32Q
52Michel RousseauFRA52.36
67Gary MacDonaldCAN52.96
71Martin SmithGBR53.11
88Svante RasmusonSWE53.34

Final (25 July 1976 — 20:15)

14Jim MontgomeryUSA49.99WR
23Jack BabashoffUSA50.81
32Peter NockeFRG51.31
46Klaus SteinbachFRG51.68
55Marcello GuarducciITA51.70
67Joe BottomUSA51.79
71Vladimir BureURS52.03
88Andrey KrylovURS52.15