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Swimming at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Swimming Stadium, Roma
Date Started: August 30, 1960
Date Finished: August 31, 1960

Gold: AUS David Theile
Silver: USA Frank McKinney
Bronze: USA Bob Bennett


At Melbourne in 1956 Australians [David Thiele] and [John Monckton] had gone 1-2. They had also set the last two world records coming into Rome, with Monckton holding the current mark of 1:01.5. Thiele had taken off 1957-58 while he was in medical school, but he recovered well from that lack of training. In the Rome final he won somewhat comfortably, with two Americans, [Frank McKinney] and [Robert Bennett], placing second and third respectively. Monckton was even with Thiele on the outward lap, but misjudged the wall and hit his head, eventually placing seventh.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 David Theile 22 Australia AUS Gold OR
2 Frank McKinney 21 United States USA Silver
3 Bob Bennett 17 United States USA Bronze
4 Robert Christophe 22 France FRA
5 Leonid Barbiyer 23 Soviet Union URS
6 Wolfgang Wagner 22 Germany GER
7 John Monckton 21 Australia AUS
8 Veiko Siimar 18 Soviet Union URS
4 h2 r2/3 Jürgen Dietze 17 Germany GER
5 h2 r2/3 Graham Sykes 23 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r2/3 Kazuo Tomita 21 Japan JPN
6 h2 r2/3 Pedro Diz 16 Argentina ARG
7 h1 r2/3 Stig-Olof Grenner 21 Finland FIN
7 h2 r2/3 József Csikány 17 Hungary HUN
8 h1 r2/3 Herman Verbauwen 16 Belgium BEL
8 h2 r2/3 Giuseppe Avellone 17 Italy ITA
3 h3 r1/3 Bob Wheaton 18 Canada CAN
4 h2 r1/3 Jan Jiskoot 20 Netherlands NED
4 h3 r1/3 Bengt-Olov Almstedt 18 Sweden SWE
4 h4 r1/3 Haydn Rigby 23 Great Britain GBR
4 h5 r1/3 Claude Raffy 15 France FRA
5 h2 r1/3 Friedrich Suda 21 Austria AUT
5 h3 r1/3 Alejandro Gaxiola 21 Mexico MEX
5 h4 r1/3 Kazuo Watanabe 22 Japan JPN
5 h5 r1/3 Gilberto Elsa 22 Italy ITA
6 h1 r1/3 Julio Cabrera 18 Spain ESP
6 h2 r1/3 Mihovil Dorčić 22 Yugoslavia YUG
6 h3 r1/3 Athos de Oliveira Filho 17 Brazil BRA
6 h4 r1/3 Lorenzo Cortez 20 Philippines PHI
6 h5 r1/3 Enrique Rabell 19 Mexico MEX
7 h1 r1/3 Raúl Cerqueira 20 Portugal POR
7 h2 r1/3 Joram Shnider 18 Israel ISR
7 h3 r1/3 Rudy Muller 18 Luxembourg LUX
7 h4 r1/3 Rolf Burggraf 22 Switzerland SUI
7 h5 r1/3 János Konrád 18 Hungary HUN
8 h1 r1/3 Dimitrios Kolovos Greece GRE
8 h2 r1/3 Ünsal Fikirci 20 Turkey TUR