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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.

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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