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