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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