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Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Breaststroke

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Events:

Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Francisco Márquez Olympic Swimming Pool, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 18, 1968
Date Finished: October 19, 1968

Gold: USA Don McKenzie
Silver: URS Vladimir Kosinsky
Bronze: URS Nikolay Pankin

Summary

This was a new Olympic event and was considered wide open, with no clear favorite. The Soviets were considered tough in the breaststroke and they qualified three swimmers for the final, led by [Nikolay Pankin], the current world record holder. In the final the unheralded [Don McKenzie] of the United States took the early lead but was passed by Pankin and [Vladimir Kosinsky] at 80 metres. But McKenzie pushed through and overtook the two Soviets to win the gold medal in 1:07.7, Kosinsky edging out Pankin for the silver. Three days later Kosinsky would also win silver in the 200 metre breaststroke.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Don McKenzie 21 United States USA Gold OR
2 Vladimir Kosinsky 23 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Nikolay Pankin 19 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 José Sylvio Fiolo 18 Brazil BRA
5 Yevhen Mykhailov 21 Soviet Union URS
6 Ian O'Brien 21 Australia AUS
7 Alberto Forelli 22 Argentina ARG
8 Egon Henninger 28 East Germany GDR
3 h1 r2/3 Michael Günther 18 West Germany FRG
3 h2 r2/3 Dave Perkowski 21 United States USA
4 h1 r2/3 Klaus Katzur 25 East Germany GDR
4 h2 r2/3 Felipe Muñoz 17 Mexico MEX
5 h1 r2/3 Osamu Tsurumine 27 Japan JPN
5 h2 r2/3 Ladislau Koszta 21 Romania ROU
5 h3 r2/3 Bill Mahony 19 Canada CAN
6 h1 r2/3 Amman Jalmaani 19 Philippines PHI
6 h2 r2/3 Thomas Aretz 20 West Germany FRG
6 h3 r2/3 Gregor Betz 19 West Germany FRG
7 h1 r2/3 Thomas Johnsson 18 Sweden SWE
7 h2 r2/3 Osvaldo Boretto 16 Argentina ARG
7 h3 r2/3 Józef Klukowski 22 Poland POL
8 h1 r2/3 Sándor Szabó 17 Hungary HUN
8 h3 r2/3 Ken Merten 23 United States USA
AC h2 r2/3 Nobutaka Taguchi 17 Japan JPN DQ
4 h2 r1/3 Liam Ball 17 Ireland IRL
4 h4 r1/3 Slavko Kurbanović 22 Yugoslavia YUG
4 h6 r1/3 José Durán 17 Spain ESP
5 h2 r1/3 Leiknir Jónsson 24 Iceland ISL
5 h4 r1/3 Roger Roberts 20 Great Britain GBR
5 h6 r1/3 Javier Jiménez 20 Mexico MEX
6 h1 r1/3 Nicolas Gilliard 20 Switzerland SUI
6 h2 r1/3 Abel Muñoz 16 El Salvador ESA
6 h3 r1/3 Stuart Roberts 16 Great Britain GBR
6 h4 r1/3 Leroy Goff 22 Philippines PHI
6 h5 r1/3 Yohan Kende 19 Israel ISR
6 h6 r1/3 Eduardo Ramos 15 El Salvador ESA
7 h1 r1/3 Eduardo Moreno 24 Mexico MEX
7 h3 r1/3 Ivan Gomina 16 Colombia COL
7 h4 r1/3 Arturo Carranza 15 El Salvador ESA