Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Swimming Stadium, Roma
Date Started: August 31, 1960
Date Finished: September 2, 1960
This event was on the Olympic program for only the second time, having been added in 1956. By the time of the Rome Olympics, [Mike Troy] of the USA had set the last five world records, lowering the mark from 2:19.0 in July 1959 to 2:13.2 set at the 1960 US Trials in Detroit. Although he had lost the 1959 Pan American Games to his countryman, [Dave Gillanders], he was heavily favored in Rome and did not disappoint, winning the final easily in another world record time of 2:12.8, with Gillanders placing third, behind Australia’s [Neville Hayes]. Troy later served with the Navy in Vietnam, where he was decorated for valor.