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4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men

Date21 July 1976
StatusOlympic
LocationPiscine olympique, Montréal, Québec
Participants77 from 18 countries
Olympic Record 7:35.78 WR / United States USA / 31 August 1972

This was the only men’s freestyle relay in Montréal as the 4 x 100 had been removed from the program in an effort to decrease the number of swimming events. The Americans had swept the 200 metre freestyle medals two days before this final and were overwhelming favorites. The world record coming in was 7:30.54, set by a US team from the Long Beach Swim Club. But that did not survive the first round. The United States’ team of Doug Northway, Tim Shaw, Mike Bruner, and Bruce Furniss recorded 7:30.33 in the third heat to better the world record, although Shaw and Northway would not even make the US team for the final. The time was almost three seconds better than the Soviet Union’s time in heat two. The final was a laughable win for the US, led by Bruner and the three 200 medalists – Bruce Furniss, John Naber, and Jim Montgomery. The Soviets would finish second in a time of 7:27.97, far below the American world record from the heats, but they were a full 4.75 seconds in arrears at the finish.

PosSwimmerNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA7:30.33 (1 h3)7:23.22 (1)Gold
Mike BrunerBruce FurnissJohn NaberJim MontgomeryDoug NorthwayTim Shaw
2Soviet UnionURS7:33.21 (1 h2)7:27.97 (2)Silver
Volodymyr RaskatovAndrey BogdanovSergey KoplyakovAndrey KrylovAndrey SmirnovVladimir Mikheyev
3Great BritainGBR7:37.92 (2 h1)7:32.11 (3)Bronze
Alan McClatcheyDavid DunneGordon DownieBrian Brinkley
4West GermanyFRG7:37.59 (1 h1)7:32.27 (4)
Klaus SteinbachPeter NockeWerner LampeHaJo GeislerAndreas Schmidt
5East GermanyGDR7:40.58 (2 h2)7:38.92 (5)
Roger PyttelWilfried HartungRainer StrohbachFrank PfützeLutz Löscher (DNS)
6NetherlandsNED7:42.54 (3 h3)7:42.56 (6)
Karim RessangRené van der KuilAndre in het VeldHenk Elzerman
7SwedenSWE7:41.82 (2 h3)7:42.84 (7)
Pär ArvidssonPeter PetterssonAnders BellbringBengt GingsjöBengt Jönsson (DNS)
8ItalyITA7:41.39 (3 h1)7:43.39 (8)
Marcello GuarducciRoberto PangaroPaolo BarelliPaolo Revelli
3 h2 r1/2AustraliaAUS7:44.42 (3 h2)
Graham WindeattMark TonelliPeter CoughlanPeter DawsonMark Kerry (DNS)
4 h1 r1/2NorwayNOR7:46.42 (4 h1)
Bent BraskArne BorgstrømHåkon IversønFritz Warncke
4 h2 r1/2BulgariaBUL7:57.08 (4 h2)
Petar GeorgievStefan GeorgievToni StatelovNikolay Ganev
4 h3 r1/2SpainESP7:49.22 (4 h3)
David López-ZuberoJesús FuentesFernando Gómez-ReinoSantiago EstevaJorge Comas (DNS)
5 h1 r1/2FranceFRA7:47.39 (5 h1)
Marc LazzaroBenôit LaffineurColin RessFabien Noël
5 h2 r1/2PortugalPOR8:26.68 (5 h2)
José PereiraAntónio de MeloRui AbreuPaulo Frischknecht
5 h3 r1/2MexicoMEX8:05.12 (5 h3)
Guillermo GarcíaEduardo PérezGuillermo ZavalaJosé Luis Prado
6 h1 r1/2Puerto RicoPUR8:05.21 (6 h1)
Fernando CañalesJosé-Ricardo de JesúsArnaldo PérezFrancisco CañalesJohn Daly (DNS)
6 h3 r1/2VenezuelaVEN8:08.38 (6 h3)
Ramón VolcánAndrés ArraezGlen SochaskyLuis Goicoechea
AC h3 r1/2CanadaCAN– (AC h3)DQ
Steve BadgerBill SawchukSteve PickellJames Hett
DNSHungaryHUN– (DNS h2)
András HargitayCsaba SósZoltán VerrasztóZoltán Wladár

Round One (21 July 1976 — 10:00)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 m100 m150 mTimeExchange (Pos)
14West GermanyFRG7:37.59Q
HaJo Geisler1:55.741:55.74 (2)
Andreas Schmidt1:55.393:51.13 (2)
Werner Lampe1:53.725:44.85 (2)
Peter Nocke1:52.747:37.59 (1)
25Great BritainGBR7:37.92Q
Alan McClatchey1:55.301:55.30 (1)
David Dunne1:55.093:50.39 (1)
Gordon Downie1:54.395:44.78 (1)
Brian Brinkley1:53.147:37.92 (2)
32ItalyITA7:41.39Q
Roberto Pangaro1:56.161:56.16 (3)
Paolo Revelli1:56.013:52.17 (4)
Paolo Barelli1:56.585:48.75 (3)
Marcello Guarducci1:52.647:41.39 (3)
46NorwayNOR7:46.42
Bent Brask1:57.011:57.01 (4)
Arne Borgstrøm1:54.873:51.88 (3)
Håkon Iversøn1:59.345:51.22 (5)
Fritz Warncke1:55.207:46.42 (4)
53FranceFRA7:47.39
Marc Lazzaro1:57.571:57.57 (5)
Benôit Laffineur1:56.873:54.44 (5)
Colin Ress1:56.535:50.97 (4)
Fabien Noël1:56.427:47.39 (5)
67Puerto RicoPUR8:05.21
Fernando Cañales2:01.262:01.26 (6)
José-Ricardo de Jesús2:00.054:01.31 (6)
Arnaldo Pérez2:02.906:04.21 (6)
Francisco Cañales2:01.008:05.21 (6)

Heat Two

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 m100 m150 mTimeExchange (Pos)
14Soviet UnionURS7:33.21QOR
Andrey Smirnov1:05.581:05.58 (1)
Vladimir Mikheyev2:43.343:48.92 (1)
Volodymyr Raskatov1:52.105:41.02 (1)
Sergey Koplyakov1:52.197:33.21 (1)
23East GermanyGDR7:40.58Q
Wilfried Hartung1:55.991:55.99 (3)
Rainer Strohbach1:53.763:49.75 (2)
Frank Pfütze1:55.015:44.76 (2)
Roger Pyttel1:55.827:40.58 (2)
35AustraliaAUS7:44.42Q
Graham Windeatt1:55.001:55.00 (2)
Mark Tonelli1:55.943:50.94 (3)
Peter Coughlan1:54.765:45.70 (3)
Peter Dawson1:58.727:44.42 (3)
42BulgariaBUL7:57.08
Petar Georgiev1:59.281:59.28 (4)
Stefan Georgiev2:00.673:59.95 (4)
Toni Statelov1:58.695:58.64 (4)
Nikolay Ganev1:58.447:57.08 (4)
57PortugalPOR8:26.68
José Pereira2:02.302:02.30 (5)
António de Melo2:07.904:10.20 (5)
Rui Abreu2:05.456:15.65 (5)
Paulo Frischknecht2:11.038:26.68 (5)
DNS6HungaryHUN
András Hargitay (DNS)– (–)
Csaba Sós (DNS)– (–)
Zoltán Verrasztó (DNS)– (–)
Zoltán Wladár (DNS)– (–)

Heat Three

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 m100 m150 mTimeExchange (Pos)
14United StatesUSA7:30.33QWR
Doug Northway1:51.651:51.65 (1)
Tim Shaw1:53.953:45.60 (1)
Mike Bruner1:54.115:39.71 (1)
Bruce Furniss1:50.627:30.33 (1)
23SwedenSWE7:41.82Q
Pär Arvidsson1:56.351:56.35 (4)
Peter Pettersson1:55.463:51.81 (3)
Anders Bellbring1:55.325:47.13 (2)
Bengt Gingsjö1:54.697:41.82 (2)
36NetherlandsNED7:42.54Q
Karim Ressang1:55.431:55.43 (3)
René van der Kuil1:55.123:50.55 (2)
Andre in het Veld1:57.335:47.88 (3)
Henk Elzerman1:54.667:42.54 (3)
42SpainESP7:49.22
David López-Zubero1:54.571:54.57 (2)
Jesús Fuentes1:59.603:54.17 (4)
Fernando Gómez-Reino1:58.675:52.84 (4)
Santiago Esteva1:56.387:49.22 (4)
57MexicoMEX8:05.12
Guillermo García1:59.291:59.29 (5)
Eduardo Pérez2:01.314:00.60 (5)
Guillermo Zavala2:03.596:04.19 (5)
José Luis Prado2:00.938:05.12 (5)
61VenezuelaVEN8:08.38
Ramón Volcán2:01.272:01.27 (6)
Andrés Arraez2:03.424:04.69 (6)
Glen Sochasky2:02.036:06.72 (6)
Luis Goicoechea2:01.668:08.38 (6)
AC5CanadaCANDQ
Steve Badger– (AC)
Bill Sawchuk– (AC)
Steve Pickell– (AC)
James Hett– (AC)

Final (21 July 1976 — 20:00)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 m100 m150 mTimeExchange (Pos)
14United StatesUSA7:23.22WR
Mike Bruner1:52.351:52.35 (2)
Bruce Furniss1:49.563:41.91 (1)
John Naber1:51.205:33.11 (1)
Jim Montgomery1:50.117:23.22 (1)
25Soviet UnionURS7:27.97
Volodymyr Raskatov1:52.691:52.69 (3)
Andrey Bogdanov1:51.693:44.38 (3)
Sergey Koplyakov1:52.545:36.92 (2)
Andrey Krylov1:51.057:27.97 (2)
36Great BritainGBR7:32.11
Alan McClatchey1:54.091:54.09 (6)
David Dunne1:54.673:48.76 (4)
Gordon Downie1:52.105:40.86 (4)
Brian Brinkley1:51.257:32.11 (3)
43West GermanyFRG7:32.27
Klaus Steinbach1:52.181:52.18 (1)
Peter Nocke1:51.193:43.37 (2)
Werner Lampe1:54.065:37.43 (3)
HaJo Geisler1:54.847:32.27 (4)
52East GermanyGDR7:38.92
Roger Pyttel1:53.921:53.92 (5)
Wilfried Hartung1:55.163:49.08 (5)
Rainer Strohbach1:54.305:43.38 (5)
Frank Pfütze1:55.547:38.92 (5)
68NetherlandsNED7:42.56
Karim Ressang1:55.631:55.63 (7)
René van der Kuil1:55.173:50.80 (7)
Andre in het Veld1:57.185:47.98 (7)
Henk Elzerman1:54.587:42.56 (6)
71SwedenSWE7:42.84
Pär Arvidsson1:55.841:55.84 (8)
Peter Pettersson1:56.143:51.98 (8)
Anders Bellbring1:56.445:48.42 (8)
Bengt Gingsjö1:54.427:42.84 (7)
87ItalyITA7:43.39
Marcello Guarducci1:53.721:53.72 (4)
Roberto Pangaro1:55.743:49.46 (6)
Paolo Barelli1:57.665:47.12 (6)
Paolo Revelli1:56.277:43.39 (8)