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Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Breaststroke

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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
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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.

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