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200 metres Breaststroke, Men

Date 2 August 1984
LocationOlympic Swim Stadium, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Participants47 from 35 countries
Olympic Record 2:15.11 WR / David Wilkie GBR / 24 July 1976

Canadian Victor Davis had been world’s best in this event since 1982, when he won the World Championships in Ecuador in world record time. He bettered that mark at the 1984 Canadian Olympic Trials in Etobicoke, Ontario. The final was a coronation for him, and was ¼-second ahead at 50 metres, increasing the lead on every lap. He finished in 2:13.34, over one second ahead of his world record, and almost 2½ seconds ahead of silver medalist Glenn Beringen of Australia. The bronze went to Swiss swimmer Étienne Dagon as the US men swimmers were shut out of the medals for one of only three events on the Los Angeles swimming program (also the 200 fly and 400 IM).

In November 1989 Davis was killed when struck by a car outside a Montréal bar. His ashes were placed in quart of water from lane five of the Olympic pool, where he had won his gold medal, and they were then cast into the sea.

PosSwimmerNOCR1B FinalFinal
1Victor DavisCAN2:18.20 (1 h7)2:13.34 (1)Gold
2Glenn BeringenAUS2:17.29 (1 h6)2:15.79 (2)Silver
3Étienne DagonSUI2:18.95 (2 h7)2:17.41 (3)Bronze
4Rich SchroederUSA2:19.23 (1 h4)2:18.03 (4)
5Ken FitzpatrickCAN2:19.74 (1 h1)2:18.86 (5)
6Pablo RestrepoCOL2:19.77 (1 h5)2:18.96 (6)
7Alexandre YokochiPOR2:19.76 (2 h4)2:20.69 (7)
8Marco Del PreteITA2:18.90 (1 h3)– (AC)
9Adrian MoorhouseGBR2:19.83 (2 h6)2:18.83 (1)
10Thierry PataFRA2:20.14 (3 h7)2:20.05 (2)
11Iain CampbellGBR2:20.78 (2 h3)2:20.62 (3)
12Shigehiro TakahashiJPN2:19.98 (1 h2)2:20.93 (4)
13Enrique RomeroESP2:21.25 (2 h5)2:21.19 (5)
14Thomas BöhmAUT2:22.17 (3 h4)2:22.09 (6)
15Kenji WatanabeJPN2:22.33 (3 h6)2:22.29 (7)
16Manuel GutiérrezPAN2:23.02 (2 h2)2:23.13 (8)
17Peter EvansAUS2:21.21 (2 h1)1
18Raffaele AvagnanoITA2:22.90 (4 h4)
19Gerald MörkenFRG2:22.99 (3 h5)
20Eduardo MorilloMEX2:23.72 (3 h1)
21Christophe DeneuvilleFRA2:24.54 (3 h2)
22Peter LangFRG2:24.60 (4 h7)
23Eyal ShtigmanISR2:24.93 (4 h6)
24Jan-Erick OlsenNOR2:25.75 (4 h2)
25Francisco GuancoPHI2:26.12 (5 h2)
26Jin FuCHN2:26.34 (4 h5)
27Martti JärventausFIN2:26.96 (4 h1)
28Brett AustinNZL2:27.25 (5 h6)
29Andrey AguilarCRC2:27.69 (5 h4)
30Gerhard ProhaskaAUT2:27.85 (5 h1)
31Jorge HenaoVEN2:28.03 (6 h4)
32Paul NewalloTTO2:28.88 (3 h3)
33Oscar OrtigosaPER2:29.73 (4 h3)
34Julio César FalónARG2:30.40 (5 h7)
35Jairulla JaitullaPHI2:30.87 (5 h5)
36Victor RuberryBER2:31.48 (6 h7)
37Tryggvi HelgasonISL2:32.03 (5 h3)
38Michael WattHKG2:32.13 (6 h6)
39Ayman NadimEGY2:33.17 (7 h7)
40Fernando MarroquínGUA2:35.21 (7 h6)
41Ahmad Al-HahdoudKUW2:37.63 (7 h4)
42David GaloHON2:37.65 (6 h1)
43Brian FarlowISV2:37.87 (7 h1)
44Harrell WoolardISV2:45.68 (6 h5)
ACLuiz CarvalhoBRA– (AC h2)DQ
ACÁrni SigurðssonISL– (AC h2)DQ
ACFelix MorfSUI– (AC h5)DQ
DNSAmine El-DomyatiLBN– (DNS h2)
DNSJohn MoffetUSA– (DNS h2)

Round One (2 August 1984 — 9:45)

Fastest eight advanced to the final. Places 9-16 advanced to the B Final.

Heat One

15Ken FitzpatrickCAN2:19.74Q
24Peter EvansAUS2:21.21q
33Eduardo MorilloMEX2:23.72
42Martti JärventausFIN2:26.96
56Gerhard ProhaskaAUT2:27.85
61David GaloHON2:37.65
77Brian FarlowISV2:37.87

Heat Two

14Shigehiro TakahashiJPN2:19.98q
26Manuel GutiérrezPAN2:23.02
35Christophe DeneuvilleFRA2:24.54
43Jan-Erick OlsenNOR2:25.75
52Francisco GuancoPHI2:26.12
AC1Luiz CarvalhoBRADQ
AC7Árni SigurðssonISLDQ
DNS1Amine El-DomyatiLBN
DNS4John MoffetUSA

Heat Three

15Marco Del PreteITA2:18.90Q
23Iain CampbellGBR2:20.78q
36Paul NewalloTTO2:28.88
42Oscar OrtigosaPER2:29.73
57Tryggvi HelgasonISL2:32.03

Heat Four

14Rich SchroederUSA2:19.23Q
23Alexandre YokochiPOR2:19.76Q
36Thomas BöhmAUT2:22.17q
45Raffaele AvagnanoITA2:22.90
52Andrey AguilarCRC2:27.69
67Jorge HenaoVEN2:28.03
71Ahmad Al-HahdoudKUW2:37.63

Heat Five

15Pablo RestrepoCOL2:19.77Q
23Enrique RomeroESP2:21.25q
34Gerald MörkenFRG2:22.99
42Jin FuCHN2:26.34
57Jairulla JaitullaPHI2:30.87
61Harrell WoolardISV2:45.68
AC6Felix MorfSUIDQ

Heat Six

14Glenn BeringenAUS2:17.29Q
25Adrian MoorhouseGBR2:19.83q
33Kenji WatanabeJPN2:22.33q
46Eyal ShtigmanISR2:24.93
52Brett AustinNZL2:27.25
67Michael WattHKG2:32.13
71Fernando MarroquínGUA2:35.21

Heat Seven

14Victor DavisCAN2:18.20Q
25Étienne DagonSUI2:18.95Q
33Thierry PataFRA2:20.14q
46Peter LangFRG2:24.60
52Julio César FalónARG2:30.40
67Victor RuberryBER2:31.48
71Ayman NadimEGY2:33.17

B Final (2 August 1984 — 16:55)

14Adrian MoorhouseGBR2:18.83
23Thierry PataFRA2:20.05
36Iain CampbellGBR2:20.62
45Shigehiro TakahashiJPN2:20.93
52Enrique RomeroESP2:21.19
67Thomas BöhmAUT2:22.09
71Kenji WatanabeJPN2:22.29
88Manuel GutiérrezPAN2:23.13

Final (2 August 1984 — 16:45)

15Victor DavisCAN2:13.34WR
24Glenn BeringenAUS2:15.79
36Étienne DagonSUI2:17.41
42Rich SchroederUSA2:18.03
57Ken FitzpatrickCAN2:18.86
68Pablo RestrepoCOL2:18.96
71Alexandre YokochiPOR2:20.69
AC3Marco Del PreteITADQ