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Swimming at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Swimming Stadium, Roma
Date Started: August 26, 1960
Date Finished: August 30, 1960

Gold: USA Bill Mulliken
Silver: JPN Yoshihiko Osaki
Bronze: NED Wieger Mensonides

Summary

The world record in 1960 was held by Australia’s Terry Gathercole who had placed fourth at the Melbourne Olympics in this event, and he was back in Rome. But the times were much slower in Rome as underwater breaststroke had been ruled illegal as of 30 April 1957. In the semis, Bill Mulliken of the USA set an Olympic record for the new style, recording 2:37.2, far better than his personal best of 2:40.9 coming into Rome. He won the final in 2:37.4, edging out Japan’s Yoshihiko Osaki who posted 2:38.0. Gathercole made the final but placed sixth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Bill Mulliken 20 United States USA Gold
2 Yoshihiko Osaki 21 Japan JPN Silver
3 Wieger Mensonides 22 Netherlands NED Bronze
4 Egon Henninger 20 Germany GER
5 Roberto Lazzari 22 Italy ITA
6 Terry Gathercole 24 Australia AUS
7 Andrzej Kłopotowski 25 Poland POL
8 Paul Hait 20 United States USA
5 h1 r2/3 Arkadiy Holovchenko 24 Soviet Union URS
5 h2 r2/3 Heorhiy Prokopenko 23 Soviet Union URS
6 h1 r2/3 Mihai Mitrofan 29 Romania ROU
6 h2 r2/3 Gilbert Desmit 22 Belgium BEL
7 h1 r2/3 Christopher Walkden 22 Great Britain GBR
7 h2 r2/3 Isao Masuda 22 Japan JPN
8 h1 r2/3 Đorđe Perišić 19 Yugoslavia YUG
8 h2 r2/3 György Kunsági 26 Hungary HUN
3 h1 r1/3 Gerard Rowlinson 19 Great Britain GBR
3 h3 r1/3 Konrad Enke 26 Germany GER
3 h4 r1/3 Pekka Lairola 32 Finland FIN
3 h6 r1/3 Tommie Lindström 22 Sweden SWE
5 h5 r1/3 Vítězslav Svozil 27 Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h1 r1/3 Engin Ünal 23 Turkey TUR
4 h3 r1/3 Richard Audoly 17 France FRA
4 h4 r1/3 Bernt Nilsson 21 Sweden SWE
4 h6 r1/3 William Burton 18 Australia AUS
5 h1 r1/3 Antonio Saloso 19 Philippines PHI
5 h2 r1/3 Farid Zablith Filho 18 Brazil BRA
5 h3 r1/3 Pierpaolo Spangaro 18 Italy ITA
5 h4 r1/3 Steve Rabinovitch 18 Canada CAN
5 h6 r1/3 Guillermo Alsina 22 Spain ESP
6 h2 r1/3 Roland Boullanger 21 France FRA
6 h3 r1/3 Tony Williams 21 Sri Lanka SRI
6 h4 r1/3 Laurel Lee 25 Chinese Taipei TPE
6 h5 r1/3 Emilio Díaz 20 Spain ESP
6 h6 r1/3 Gershon Shefa 17 Israel ISR
7 h2 r1/3 Nicolas Wildhaber 30 Switzerland SUI
7 h4 r1/3 Werner Risi 20 Switzerland SUI
7 h5 r1/3 Trương Ke Nhon 21 South Vietnam VNM
7 h6 r1/3 Nikolaos Zakharopoulos Greece GRE
AC h1 r1/3 Gerald Brauner Austria AUT DQ
AC h1 r1/3 László Felkai 19 Hungary HUN DQ
AC h5 r1/3 Erny Schweitzer 21 Luxembourg LUX DQ