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Swimming at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Wembley Arena, Wembley, London
Date Started: August 5, 1948
Date Finished: August 7, 1948

Gold: USA Joe Verdeur
Silver: USA Keith Carter
Bronze: USA Bob Sohl

Summary

Joe Verdeur entered the Games as an outstanding favourite for this event having broken the world record on six occasions in the preceding two years. Whilst his times in London were well down on his record breaking performances he led the United States to a clean sweep of the podium positions. The superiority of the butterfly technique in this event was evident in the fact that only one of the finalists used the traditional breaststroke and he, Bob Bonte of Holland, finished eighth and last. Out of 32 entrants, 20 used the butterfly stroke including twelve of the sixteen semi-finalists. Artem Nakache of France, a veteran of the Berlin Games, bowed out in the semi-finals but his achievement in returning to the Olympic arena was remarkable. A Jew, he had been deported to Auschwitz in 1944 and his wife and daughter both died there.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Joe Verdeur 22 United States USA Gold OR
2 Keith Carter 23 United States USA Silver
3 Bob Sohl 20 United States USA Bronze
4 John Davies 19 Australia AUS
5 Tone Cerer 31 Yugoslavia YUG
6 Willy Otto Jordan 27 Brazil BRA
7 Ahmed Kandil Egypt EGY
8 Bob Bonte 18 Netherlands NED
5 h1 r2/3 Roy Romain 29 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r2/3 Sándor Németh 22 Hungary HUN
6 h1 r2/3 René Amabuyok Philippines PHI
6 h2 r2/3 Walter Pavlicek 22 Austria AUT
7 h1 r2/3 Sigurður T. Jónsson 25 Iceland ISL
7 h2 r2/3 Maurice Lusien 21 France FRA
8 h1 r2/3 Artem Nakache 32 France FRA
8 h2 r2/3 Apolonio Castillo 27 Mexico MEX
3 h2 r1/3 Carlos Espejo Argentina ARG
4 h2 r1/3 Sigurður Jónsson 24 Iceland ISL
4 h3 r1/3 Walter Kunz Switzerland SUI
4 h4 r1/3 Nicolas Wildhaber 18 Switzerland SUI
5 h1 r1/3 John Service 17 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r1/3 Hans Widmer Switzerland SUI
5 h3 r1/3 César Benetti Argentina ARG
5 h5 r1/3 Jiří Linhart Czechoslovakia TCH
6 h2 r1/3 Goldup Davies 34 Great Britain GBR
6 h3 r1/3 Atli Steinarsson 19 Iceland ISL
6 h5 r1/3 Jacinto Cayco Philippines PHI
7 h2 r1/3 Peter Salmon 18 Canada CAN
7 h3 r1/3 Des Cohen 20 South Africa RSA
7 h5 r1/3 Kevin Hallett 18 Australia AUS
8 h3 r1/3 Iftikhar Ahmed Shah Pakistan PAK
8 h5 r1/3 Prafulla Mullick India IND