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Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

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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: AUS Mike Wenden
Silver: USA Ken Walsh
Bronze: USA Mark Spitz

Summary

At the US Olympic Trials, Zac Zorn, 1967 Pan American Games silver medalist, had equalled the world record, posting 52.6. [Michael Wenden] of Australia was considered a long-shot, his best time prior to the Australian trials only 53.7, but he posted the fastest time in the heats and the semi-finals, equalling the Olympic record in the semis. Zorn took the lead at the turn but he had been sick all week in Mexico City, and faded badly on the final lap, finishing last among the finalists. Wenden finished very strongly to win the gold medal over Ken Walsh and Mark Spitz. Fourth place went to Bobby McGregor, the silver medalist from Tokyo who had won the 1966 European Championships.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mike Wenden 18 Australia AUS Gold WR
2 Ken Walsh 23 United States USA Silver
3 Mark Spitz 18 United States USA Bronze
4 Bobby McGregor 24 Great Britain GBR
5 Leonid Ilyichov 20 Soviet Union URS
6 Georgijs Kuļikovs 21 Soviet Union URS
7 Luis Nicolao 24 Argentina ARG
8 Zac Zorn 21 United States USA
3 h3 r2/3 Michel Rousseau 19 France FRA
4 h1 r2/3 Greg Rogers 20 Australia AUS
4 h2 r2/3 Wolfgang Kremer 22 West Germany FRG
4 h3 r2/3 Bob Windle 23 Australia AUS
5 h1 r2/3 Sergey Gusev 20 Soviet Union URS
5 h2 r2/3 Lester Eriksson 25 Sweden SWE
5 h3 r2/3 Sandy Gilchrist 22 Canada CAN
6 h1 r2/3 Kunihiro Iwasaki 24 Japan JPN
6 h2 r2/3 José Antonio Chicoy 20 Spain ESP
6 h3 r2/3 Gábor Kucsera 19 Hungary HUN
7 h1 r2/3 Gary Goodner 17 Puerto Rico PUR
7 h2 r2/3 François Simons 21 Belgium BEL
7 h3 r2/3 Pietro Boscaini 21 Italy ITA
8 h1 r2/3 Olaf, Baron von Schilling 25 West Germany FRG
8 h2 r2/3 Roosevelt Abdulgafur 24 Philippines PHI
8 h3 r2/3 Mike Turner 20 Great Britain GBR
2 h9 r1/3 Masayuki Osawa 22 Japan JPN
3 h1 r1/3 Bernard Gruener 19 France FRA
3 h6 r1/3 Michele D'Oppido 19 Italy ITA
3 h9 r1/3 Tony Jarvis 23 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r1/3 Pano Capéronis 21 Switzerland SUI
4 h2 r1/3 José Roberto Aranha 17 Brazil BRA
4 h3 r1/3 Rafaél Cal 18 Mexico MEX
4 h4 r1/3 Csaba Csatlós 18 Hungary HUN
4 h6 r1/3 Gregorio Fiallo 16 Cuba CUB
4 h7 r1/3 Luis Ayesa 18 Philippines PHI
4 h8 r1/3 Glen Finch 21 Canada CAN
4 h9 r1/3 Peter Schorning 21 West Germany FRG
5 h1 r1/3 Ørjan Madsen 22 Norway NOR
5 h2 r1/3 Mario Santibáñez 18 Mexico MEX
5 h3 r1/3 Peter Schmid 19 Austria AUT
5 h4 r1/3 Herman Verbauwen 24 Belgium BEL
5 h5 r1/3 Carlos van der Maath 22 Argentina ARG
5 h6 r1/3 Geoffrey Ferreira 18 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
5 h7 r1/3 Salvador Ruíz 29 Mexico MEX
5 h8 r1/3 José Ferraioli 20 Puerto Rico PUR
5 h9 r1/3 Gérard Letast 19 France FRA
6 h1 r1/3 Donnacha O'Dea 20 Ireland IRL
6 h2 r1/3 Andrew Loh 19 Hong Kong HKG
6 h3 r1/3 Ronnie Wong 16 Hong Kong HKG
6 h4 r1/3 Federico Sicard 18 Colombia COL
6 h5 r1/3 Angus Edghill 22 Barbados BAR
6 h6 r1/3 Bob Loh 22 Hong Kong HKG
6 h7 r1/3 Paul Nash 25 Jamaica JAM
6 h8 r1/3 Ricardo González 21 Colombia COL
6 h9 r1/3 Amnon Krauz 16 Israel ISR
7 h1 r1/3 Lee Tong-Shing 20 Chinese Taipei TPE
7 h2 r1/3 Luis Aguilar 16 Costa Rica CRC
7 h3 r1/3 Fernando González 18 Ecuador ECU
7 h4 r1/3 Yacoub Masboungi 20 Lebanon LIB
7 h5 r1/3 Michael Goodner 15 Puerto Rico PUR
7 h7 r1/3 José Martínez 16 Cuba CUB
7 h9 r1/3 Gudmunður Gíslason 27 Iceland ISL
8 h1 r1/3 José Alvarado 15 El Salvador ESA
8 h5 r1/3 Salvador Vilanova 15 El Salvador ESA
8 h9 r1/3 Ernesto Durón 16 El Salvador ESA