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Swimming at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Butterfly

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyogijo, Shibuya, Tokyo
Date Started: October 16, 1964
Date Finished: October 18, 1964

Gold: AUS Kevin Berry
Silver: USA Carl Robie
Bronze: USA Fred Schmidt


Since 1961 Kevin Berry (AUS) and Carl Robie (USA) had traded the world record back-and-forth, each setting the mark four times. On the eve of the Tokyo Olympics, Berry held the record with 2:06.9 that he had set in Sydney at the Australian Trials. They both made the final easily, but neither led at the beginning, as American Fred Schmidt took it to 100 metres in 1:00.2, with Berry and Robie both clocking 1:00.4 in second. By 150 metres, Schmidt had faded behind the favored duo, with Berry leading off the final wall, and he pulled away on the last lap to win gold in 2:06.6, breaking his own world mark, with Robie in second, recording a personal best with 2:07.5, and Schmidt holding on for bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kevin Berry 19 Australia AUS Gold WR
2 Carl Robie 19 United States USA Silver
3 Fred Schmidt 20 United States USA Bronze
4 Phil Riker 18 United States USA
5 Valentin Kuzmin 23 Soviet Union URS
6 Yoshinori Kadonaga 17 Japan JPN
7 Brett Hill 20 Australia AUS
8 Daniel Sherry 18 Canada CAN
5 h1 r2/3 Kosuke Sato 22 Japan JPN
5 h2 r2/3 Atsushi Obayashi 21 Japan JPN
6 h1 r2/3 Werner Freitag 18 Germany GER
6 h2 r2/3 Dave Gerrard 19 New Zealand NZL
7 h1 r2/3 Luis Nicolao 20 Argentina ARG
7 h2 r2/3 Brian Jenkins 21 Great Britain GBR
8 h1 r2/3 John Stark 16 Australia AUS
8 h2 r2/3 Giampiero Fossati 20 Italy ITA
3 h1 r1/3 Antonio Rastrelli 19 Italy ITA
3 h4 r1/3 Oleg Fotin 19 Soviet Union URS
4 h1 r1/3 Hermann Lotter 24 Germany GER
4 h4 r1/3 Gabriel Altamirano 18 Mexico MEX
5 h1 r1/3 Vítor da Fonseca 18 Portugal POR
5 h2 r1/3 Avraham Melamed 20 Israel ISR
5 h3 r1/3 Juan Alanís 18 Mexico MEX
5 h4 r1/3 Wolfgang Platzeck 20 Germany GER
5 h5 r1/3 Ralph Hutton 16 Canada CAN
6 h1 r1/3 Narong Chok-Umnuay 20 Thailand THA
6 h2 r1/3 Carlos Canepa 21 Peru PER
6 h3 r1/3 Bernard Chan 18 Malaysia MAS
6 h4 r1/3 Volker Deckardt 20 Austria AUT
6 h5 r1/3 Gustavo Ocampo 17 Peru PER
7 h2 r1/3 Joaquín Pujol 18 Spain ESP
7 h4 r1/3 Dick Langerhorst 18 Netherlands NED