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Swimming at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyogijo, Shibuya, Tokyo
Date Started: October 13, 1964
Date Finished: October 15, 1964

Gold: AUS Ian O'Brien
Silver: URS Heorhiy Prokopenko
Bronze: USA Chet Jastremski

Summary

The Americans thought they had the world’s best in this event in Chet Jastremski who had set the last three world records, including 2:28.2 at the US Olympic Trials in New York in late August. In the semi-finals Australian [Ian O’Brien] served notice when he won the first semi in 2:28.7, the second fastest time ever. Jastremski won the other semi and in the final, he took the lead through 50 metres. But he was passed on the next lap by Soviet Heorhiy Prokopenko, who led by three metres through 100. O’Brien stayed in second until late on the final lap, and caught Prokopenko only five metres from the wall, touching in 2:27.8 to better Jastremski’s world record, who came across in third. After the awards ceremony, Jastremski announced his retirement and soon entered medical school.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ian O'Brien 17 Australia AUS Gold WR
2 Heorhiy Prokopenko 27 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Chet Jastremski 23 United States USA Bronze
4 Aleksandr T'ut'ak'aevi 21 Soviet Union URS
5 Egon Henninger 24 Germany GER
6 Osamu Tsurumine 23 Japan JPN
7 Wayne Anderson 19 United States USA
8 Vladimir Kosinsky 19 Soviet Union URS
5 h1 r2/3 Tom Trethewey 20 United States USA
5 h2 r2/3 Kenjiro Matsumoto 21 Japan JPN
6 h1 r2/3 Willi Messner 24 Germany GER
6 h2 r2/3 Yoshiaki Shikishi 23 Japan JPN
7 h1 r2/3 Klaus Katzur 21 Germany GER
7 h2 r2/3 John Oravainen 20 Australia AUS
8 h1 r2/3 Ferenc Lenkei 18 Hungary HUN
8 h2 r2/3 Neil Nicholson 19 Great Britain GBR
3 h3 r1/3 Rolando Landrito 19 Philippines PHI
4 h1 r1/3 Farid Zablith Filho 22 Brazil BRA
4 h2 r1/3 Peter Tonkin 16 Australia AUS
4 h3 r1/3 Gian Corrado Gross 22 Italy ITA
5 h1 r1/3 Wieger Mensonides 26 Netherlands NED
5 h2 r1/3 Hemmie Vriens 20 Netherlands NED
5 h3 r1/3 Jin Jang-Rim 21 South Korea KOR
5 h4 r1/3 Gershon Shefa 21 Israel ISR
5 h5 r1/3 Nazario Padrón 18 Spain ESP
6 h1 r1/3 Huỳnh Văn Hải 24 South Vietnam VNM
6 h2 r1/3 Amman Jalmaani 15 Philippines PHI
6 h4 r1/3 Cesare Caramelli 25 Italy ITA
6 h5 r1/3 Rudolf Brack 23 Switzerland SUI
7 h2 r1/3 Elliot Chenaux 17 Puerto Rico PUR
7 h4 r1/3 Miguel Angel Navarro 22 Argentina ARG
7 h5 r1/3 Cheah Tong Kim 19 Malaysia MAS
8 h5 r1/3 Charles Fox 16 Zambia ZAM