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200 metres Freestyle, Men

Date19 July 1976
StatusOlympic
LocationPiscine olympique, Montréal, Québec
Participants55 from 33 countries
Olympic Record 1:52.78 WR / Mark Spitz USA / 29 August 1972

The world record had not moved since Mark Spitz set it to win this race in Munich. But the Montréal final would see six swimmers better Spitz’s mark, and a seventh equal it. Bruce Furniss led out the final with a first 50 split of 26.43, just ahead of John Naber who, only ½-hour before, had won gold in the 100 backstroke final. Naber took over the lead, though narrowly, at 100 and 150 metres, but Furniss came back strongly to win gold in 1:50.29, Naber finishing in 1:50.50. Just behind him was the third American, as Jim Montgomery completed the United States’ sweep. Furniss’s brother, Steve Furniss, had won a bronze medal in 1972 in the 200 individual medley. John Naber would eventually four gold medals in Montréal, in addition to his silver in this race.

PosSwimmerNOCR1Final
1Bruce FurnissUSA1:50.93 (1 h8)1:50.29 (1)Gold
2John NaberUSA1:52.78 (1 h7)1:50.50 (2)Silver
3Jim MontgomeryUSA1:51.77 (1 h6)1:50.58 (3)Bronze
4Andrey KrylovURS1:51.42 (1 h4)1:50.73 (4)
5Klaus SteinbachFRG1:51.41 (1 h3)1:51.09 (5)
6Peter NockeFRG1:52.16 (1 h5)1:51.71 (6)
7Gordon DownieGBR1:52.47 (2 h5)1:52.78 (7)
8Andrey BogdanovURS1:52.71 (1 h2)1:53.33 (8)
1 h1 r1/2Sergey KoplyakovURS1:53.44 (1 h1)
2 h1 r1/2René van der KuilNED1:55.59 (2 h1)
2 h2 r1/2Brian BrinkleyGBR1:53.07 (2 h2)
2 h3 r1/2Marcello GuarducciITA1:53.72 (2 h3)
2 h4 r1/2Graham WindeattAUS1:54.35 (2 h4)
2 h6 r1/2Bill SawchukCAN1:54.07 (2 h6)
2 h7 r1/2Jorge Delgado, Jr.ECU1:54.23 (2 h7)
2 h8 r1/2Mark KerryAUS1:54.86 (2 h8)
3 h1 r1/2Bengt GingsjöSWE1:56.31 (3 h1)
3 h2 r1/2David López-ZuberoESP1:54.88 (3 h2)
3 h3 r1/2Roberto PangaroITA1:55.30 (3 h3)
3 h4 r1/2James HettCAN1:55.58 (3 h4)
3 h5 r1/2Steve BadgerCAN1:53.86 (3 h5)
3 h6 r1/2Rainer StrohbachGDR1:55.25 (3 h6)
3 h7 r1/2Frank PfützeGDR1:55.57 (3 h7)
3 h8 r1/2Peter DawsonAUS1:55.16 (3 h8)
4 h1 r1/2Fritz WarnckeNOR1:57.59 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/2Georgios KarpouzisGRE1:59.25 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/2Werner LampeFRG1:56.01 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/2Ali GharbiTUN1:55.82 (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/2Andre in het VeldNED1:57.60 (4 h5)
4 h6 r1/2Paolo RevelliITA1:57.25 (4 h6)
4 h7 r1/2Alan McClatcheyGBR1:55.84 (4 h7)
4 h8 r1/2Peter PetterssonSWE1:56.51 (4 h8)
5 h1 r1/2Tsuyoshi YanagidateJPN1:58.04 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/2Eduardo PérezMEX1:59.53 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/2Kevin WilliamsonIRL2:00.08 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/2Steven NewkirkISV1:59.95 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/2John McConnochieNZL1:57.77 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/2Andy KnowlesBAH2:00.18 (5 h6)
5 h7 r1/2Anders BellbringSWE1:57.20 (5 h7)
5 h8 r1/2Guillermo GarcíaMEX1:58.20 (5 h8)
6 h1 r1/2Luis GoicoecheaVEN1:59.68 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/2Tomás BecerraCOL2:00.72 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/2Nikolay GanevBUL2:00.54 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/2José PereiraPOR2:03.03 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/2Mark CrockerHKG2:00.81 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/2Lutz LöscherGDR2:01.00 (6 h6)
6 h7 r1/2Francisco CañalesPUR1:59.62 (6 h7)
6 h8 r1/2Sigurður ÓlafssonISL2:01.18 (6 h8)
7 h1 r1/2Kris SumonoINA2:01.12 (7 h1)
7 h3 r1/2Frank RichardsonNCA2:12.33 (7 h3)
7 h5 r1/2Paulo FrischknechtPOR2:02.65 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/2Gianni VersariPAN2:02.25 (7 h6)
7 h7 r1/2Petar GeorgievBUL2:00.70 (7 h7)
7 h8 r1/2Gerardo RosarioPHI2:02.81 (7 h8)
8 h7 r1/2Patrick NovarettiMON2:04.29 (8 h7)
DNSJohn EbitoNGR– (DNS h6)
DNSBrett NaylorNZL– (DNS h4)
DNSWilliam ChaoTPE– (DNS h2)
DNSGerardo VeraVEN– (DNS h8)

Round One (19 July 1976 — 9:30)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
14Sergey KoplyakovURS1:53.44
23René van der KuilNED1:55.59
35Bengt GingsjöSWE1:56.31
42Fritz WarnckeNOR1:57.59
57Tsuyoshi YanagidateJPN1:58.04
66Luis GoicoecheaVEN1:59.68
71Kris SumonoINA2:01.12

Heat Two

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
14Andrey BogdanovURS1:52.71QOR
25Brian BrinkleyGBR1:53.07
33David López-ZuberoESP1:54.88
41Georgios KarpouzisGRE1:59.25
52Eduardo PérezMEX1:59.53
67Tomás BecerraCOL2:00.72
DNS6William ChaoTPE

Heat Three

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
14Klaus SteinbachFRG1:51.41QOR
25Marcello GuarducciITA1:53.72
36Roberto PangaroITA1:55.30
43Werner LampeFRG1:56.01
57Kevin WilliamsonIRL2:00.08
62Nikolay GanevBUL2:00.54
71Frank RichardsonNCA2:12.33

Heat Four

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
14Andrey KrylovURS1:51.42Q
25Graham WindeattAUS1:54.35
36James HettCAN1:55.58
42Ali GharbiTUN1:55.82
51Steven NewkirkISV1:59.95
67José PereiraPOR2:03.03
DNS3Brett NaylorNZL

Heat Five

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
14Peter NockeFRG1:52.16Q
23Gordon DownieGBR1:52.47Q
35Steve BadgerCAN1:53.86
42Andre in het VeldNED1:57.60
56John McConnochieNZL1:57.77
61Mark CrockerHKG2:00.81
77Paulo FrischknechtPOR2:02.65

Heat Six

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
14Jim MontgomeryUSA1:51.77Q
23Bill SawchukCAN1:54.07
35Rainer StrohbachGDR1:55.25
42Paolo RevelliITA1:57.25
57Andy KnowlesBAH2:00.18
66Lutz LöscherGDR2:01.00
71Gianni VersariPAN2:02.25
DNS8John EbitoNGR

Heat Seven

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
14John NaberUSA1:52.78Q
23Jorge Delgado, Jr.ECU1:54.23
35Frank PfützeGDR1:55.57
46Alan McClatcheyGBR1:55.84
52Anders BellbringSWE1:57.20
61Francisco CañalesPUR1:59.62
77Petar GeorgievBUL2:00.70
88Patrick NovarettiMON2:04.29

Heat Eight

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
14Bruce FurnissUSA1:50.93QOR
25Mark KerryAUS1:54.86
33Peter DawsonAUS1:55.16
46Peter PetterssonSWE1:56.51
57Guillermo GarcíaMEX1:58.20
68Sigurður ÓlafssonISL2:01.18
71Gerardo RosarioPHI2:02.81
DNS2Gerardo VeraVEN

Final (19 July 1976 — 20:00)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
14Bruce FurnissUSA1:50.29WR
28John NaberUSA1:50.50
36Jim MontgomeryUSA1:50.58
43Andrey KrylovURS1:50.73
55Klaus SteinbachFRG1:51.09
62Peter NockeFRG1:51.71
77Gordon DownieGBR1:52.78
81Andrey BogdanovURS1:53.33