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Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's 200 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 21, 1968
Date Finished: October 22, 1968

Gold: MEX Felipe Muñoz
Silver: URS Vladimir Kosinsky
Bronze: USA Brian Job

Summary

Australia’s [Ian O’Brien] had won this event in 1964 in world record time, and that time still stood until April 1968 when Vladimir Kosinsky of the Soviet Union bettered it. O’Brien was in Mexico City but did not qualify for the final. The home country placed their hopes on Felipe Muñoz, who was considered a long-shot to win, but hoped to challenge for a medal. Muñoz had the fastest qualifying time with 2:31.1, followed by the United States’ Brian Job with 2:31.5, far from Kosinsky’s world record of 2:27.4, but altitude made it difficult in all the 200 metres or longer races. Kosinsky led the final at the first turn, trailed by the GDR’s Egon Henninger and Job. Kosinsky kept the lead through 150 metres, but Henninger and Nikolay Pankin moved up close, although Job stayed in second place. Muñoz was in fifth but closing and the Mexican fans started going crazy as he gained on Kosinsky, passing Pankin off the final turn. Muñoz caught Kosinsky at 175 metres and pulled away only in the final metres to win, 2:28.7 to 2:29.2. It was Mexico’s first gold medal of the 1968 Olympics, and their first ever swimming gold medal. Brian Job held on for the bronze medal. Muñoz would return in 1972 and place fifth in the final of the 200 breast.

Final Standings

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