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Swimming at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyogijo, Shibuya, Tokyo
Date Started: October 11, 1964
Date Finished: October 12, 1964

Gold: USA Don Schollander
Silver: GBR Bobby McGregor
Bronze: GER Hans-Joachim Klein


The world record holder was [John Devitt], the 1960 gold medalist, but he had retired by 1964. The favorites were American [Don Schollander], whose best distance was 200 metres, not on the 1964 Olympic Program, and the wonderfully Scottish-named [Bobby McGregor]. The final was led out by [Mike Austin] of the United States, who hit the far wall first. But Schollander closed by 60 metres and had a comfortable lead at 70 metres. Then McGregor came on fast, but could not quite catch Schollander, settling for the silver medal.

The bronze medal battle was very close between [Hans-Joachim Klein] of Germany and America’s [Gary Ilman]. They tied on official time at 54.0, and the unofficial electric timer also had them tied to the 1/100th of a second. But using the electric timer, Klein was faster by 1/1000th of a second, and the officials decided that was good enough to award him the bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Don Schollander 18 United States USA Gold OR
2 Bobby McGregor 20 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Hans-Joachim Klein 22 Germany GER Bronze
4 Gary Ilman 21 United States USA
5 Alain Gottvallès 22 France FRA
6 Mike Austin 21 United States USA
7 Gyula Dobay 26 Hungary HUN
8 Uwe Jacobsen 24 Germany GER
3 h1 r2/3 Yukiaki Okabe 23 Japan JPN
4 h1 r2/3 Daniel Sherry 18 Canada CAN
4 h2 r2/3 Per-Ola Lindberg 24 Sweden SWE
4 h3 r2/3 David Dickson 23 Australia AUS
5 h1 r2/3 Tadaharu Goto 22 Japan JPN
5 h2 r2/3 Jindřich Vágner 21 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 h3 r2/3 Vladimir Shuvalov 18 Soviet Union URS
6 h1 r2/3 Ron Kroon 22 Netherlands NED
6 h2 r2/3 Gérard Gropaiz 21 France FRA
6 h3 r2/3 Tatsuo Fujimoto 24 Japan JPN
7 h1 r2/3 Horst Löffler 22 Germany GER
7 h2 r2/3 Sandy Gilchrist 18 Canada CAN
7 h3 r2/3 Bengt Nordwall 23 Sweden SWE
8 h1 r2/3 Pietro Boscaini 17 Italy ITA
8 h2 r2/3 Bob Lord 19 Great Britain GBR
8 h3 r2/3 John Ryan 20 Australia AUS
2 h4 r1/3 Peter Phelps 19 Australia AUS
3 h1 r1/3 Athos de Oliveira Filho 21 Brazil BRA
3 h2 r1/3 Jean-Pascal Curtillet 22 France FRA
3 h4 r1/3 Lester Eriksson 21 Sweden SWE
3 h9 r1/3 Viktor Semchenkov 21 Soviet Union URS
4 h1 r1/3 Vinus van Baalen 22 Netherlands NED
4 h2 r1/3 Matti Kasvio 20 Finland FIN
4 h3 r1/3 Luis Nicolao 20 Argentina ARG
4 h4 r1/3 Yury Sumtsov 20 Soviet Union URS
4 h5 r1/3 Petr Lohnický 23 Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h7 r1/3 Gert Kölli 24 Austria AUT
4 h8 r1/3 József Gulrich 22 Hungary HUN
4 h9 r1/3 Antal Száll 20 Hungary HUN
5 h1 r1/3 Bruno Bianchi 21 Italy ITA
5 h2 r1/3 Alvaro Pires 23 Brazil BRA
5 h3 r1/3 José Miguel Espinosa 18 Spain ESP
5 h4 r1/3 François Simons 17 Belgium BEL
5 h5 r1/3 Gerhard Wieland 20 Austria AUT
5 h7 r1/3 Dave Haller 19 Great Britain GBR
5 h8 r1/3 Tuomo Hämäläinen 19 Finland FIN
5 h9 r1/3 Sergio De Gregorio 18 Italy ITA
6 h1 r1/3 Ralph Hutton 16 Canada CAN
6 h2 r1/3 Téodoro Capriles 19 Venezuela VEN
6 h3 r1/3 Herlander Ribeiro 21 Portugal POR
6 h4 r1/3 Carlos van der Maath 18 Argentina ARG
6 h5 r1/3 Antonio Pérez 19 Spain ESP
6 h6 r1/3 Georges Welbes 20 Luxembourg LUX
6 h7 r1/3 Bert Sitters 22 Netherlands NED
6 h8 r1/3 Salvador Ruíz 25 Mexico MEX
6 h9 r1/3 Phan Hữu Dong 25 South Vietnam VNM
7 h1 r1/3 Kim Bong-Jo 18 South Korea KOR
7 h2 r1/3 Tan Thuan Heng 16 Malaysia MAS
7 h3 r1/3 Somchai Limpichat 23 Thailand THA
7 h4 r1/3 Nguyễn Ðình Lê 15 South Vietnam VNM
7 h5 r1/3 Mauri Fonseca 23 Brazil BRA
7 h6 r1/3 Hannu Vaahtoranta 21 Finland FIN
7 h7 r1/3 Luis Paz 19 Peru PER
7 h8 r1/3 Pano Capéronis 17 Switzerland SUI
7 h9 r1/3 Celestino Pérez 16 Puerto Rico PUR
8 h6 r1/3 Gudmunður Gíslason 23 Iceland ISL
8 h7 r1/3 Bob Loh 18 Hong Kong HKG
8 h9 r1/3 Haydar Shonjani 18 Iran IRI