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200 metres Freestyle, Men

Date19 July 1976
StatusOlympic
LocationPiscine olympique, Montréal, Québec
Participants55 from 33 countries

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)
9Brian BrinkleyGBR1:53.07 (2 h2)
10Sergey KoplyakovURS1:53.44 (1 h1)
11Marcello GuarducciITA1:53.72 (2 h3)
12Steve BadgerCAN1:53.86 (3 h5)
13Bill SawchukCAN1:54.07 (2 h6)
14Jorge DelgadoECU1:54.23 (2 h7)
15Graham WindeattAUS1:54.35 (2 h4)
16Mark KerryAUS1:54.86 (2 h8)
17David López-ZuberoESP1:54.88 (3 h2)
18Peter DawsonAUS1:55.16 (3 h8)
19Rainer StrohbachGDR1:55.25 (3 h6)
20Roberto PangaroITA1:55.30 (3 h3)
21Frank PfützeGDR1:55.57 (3 h7)
22James HettCAN1:55.58 (3 h4)
23René van der KuilNED1:55.59 (2 h1)
24Ali GharbiTUN1:55.82 (4 h4)
25Alan McClatcheyGBR1:55.84 (4 h7)
26Werner LampeFRG1:56.01 (4 h3)
27Bengt GingsjöSWE1:56.31 (3 h1)
28Peter PetterssonSWE1:56.51 (4 h8)
29Anders BellbringSWE1:57.20 (5 h7)
30Paolo RevelliITA1:57.25 (4 h6)
31Fritz WarnckeNOR1:57.59 (4 h1)
32Andre in het VeldNED1:57.60 (4 h5)
33John McConnochieNZL1:57.77 (5 h5)
34Tsuyoshi YanagidateJPN1:58.04 (5 h1)
35Guillermo GarcíaMEX1:58.20 (5 h8)
36Georgios KarpouzisGRE1:59.25 (4 h2)
37Eduardo PérezMEX1:59.53 (5 h2)
38Francisco CanalesPUR1:59.62 (6 h7)
39Luis GoicoecheaVEN1:59.68 (6 h1)
40Steven NewkirkISV1:59.95 (5 h4)
41Kevin WilliamsonIRL2:00.08 (5 h3)
42Andy KnowlesBAH2:00.18 (5 h6)
43Nikolay GanevBUL2:00.54 (6 h3)
44Petar GeorgievBUL2:00.70 (7 h7)
45Tomás BecerraCOL2:00.72 (6 h2)
46Mark CrockerHKG2:00.81 (6 h5)
47Lutz LöscherGDR2:01.00 (6 h6)
48Kris SumonoINA2:01.12 (7 h1)
49Sigurður ÓlafssonISL2:01.18 (6 h8)
50Gianni VersariPAN2:02.25 (7 h6)
51Paulo FrischknechtPOR2:02.65 (7 h5)
52Gerardo RosarioPHI2:02.81 (7 h8)
53José PereiraPOR2:03.03 (6 h4)
54Patrick NovarettiMON2:04.29 (8 h7)
55Frank RichardsonNCA2:12.33 (7 h3)
DNSWilliam ChaoTPE– (DNS h2)
DNSBrett NaylorNZL– (DNS h4)
DNSJohn EbitoNGR– (DNS h6)
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 DelgadoECU1:54.23
35Frank PfützeGDR1:55.57
46Alan McClatcheyGBR1:55.84
52Anders BellbringSWE1:57.20
61Francisco CanalesPUR1:59.62
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