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Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's 200 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 24, 1968
Date Finished: October 24, 1968

Gold: AUS Mike Wenden
Silver: USA Don Schollander
Bronze: USA John Nelson

Summary

Don Schollander had dominated 1964 Olympic swimming, winning four gold medals, but his best event, the 200 freestyle, was not even on the Olympic Program in 64. The event was added for Mexico City and since Tokyo, he had set five world records in the event, capped by 1:54.3 at the US Trials in late August in Long Beach, California, which gave him nine world records overall in this event. He was considered the clear favorite. [Michael Wenden] had already won the 100 freestyle in Mexico City but few thought he could defeat Schollander in this race. Wenden had not heard that, as he took the lead on the first lap, having half a body length on Schollander at 50 metres. He opened that to a full body length at 100 metres and then hung on. Schollander closed in the last 25 metres but couldn’t make up the gap as Wenden won the 100-200 sprint freestyle double, 1:55.2 to 1:55.8. One absentee in the final was America’s Steve Rerych, later a renowned heart surgeon, who was a victim of the tourista in Mexico City. Schollander retired after the Mexico City Olympics. Wenden continued to compete, returning to win four gold medals at the 1970 Commonwealth Games, and competing at the Munich Olympics, although he failed to medal there.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mike Wenden 18 Australia AUS Gold OR
2 Don Schollander 22 United States USA Silver
3 John Nelson 20 United States USA Bronze
4 Ralph Hutton 20 Canada CAN
5 Alain Mosconi 19 France FRA
6 Bob Windle 23 Australia AUS
7 Semyon Belits-Geyman 23 Soviet Union URS
1 h3 r1/2 Sandy Gilchrist 22 Canada CAN
1 h5 r1/2 Steve Rerych 22 United States USA
1 h7 r1/2 Juan Carlos Bello 19 Peru PER
1 h9 r1/2 Michel Rousseau 19 France FRA
2 h1 r1/2 Wolfgang Kremer 22 West Germany FRG
2 h3 r1/2 Lester Eriksson 25 Sweden SWE
2 h4 r1/2 Luis Nicolao 24 Argentina ARG
2 h6 r1/2 Leonid Ilyichov 20 Soviet Union URS
2 h7 r1/2 Julio Arango 18 Colombia COL
2 h8 r1/2 Olaf, Baron von Schilling 25 West Germany FRG
2 h9 r1/2 Kunihiro Iwasaki 24 Japan JPN
3 h1 r1/2 Mark Anderson 16 Australia AUS
3 h2 r1/2 Władysław Wojtakajtis 19 Poland POL
3 h3 r1/2 Gilles Moreau 23 France FRA
3 h4 r1/2 Johan Schans 19 Netherlands NED
3 h5 r1/2 Pano Capéronis 21 Switzerland SUI
3 h6 r1/2 George Smith 18 Canada CAN
3 h7 r1/2 Zbigniew Pacelt 17 Poland POL
3 h8 r1/2 Tony Asamali 21 Philippines PHI
3 h9 r1/2 Aad Oudt 22 Netherlands NED
4 h1 r1/2 Noboru Waseda 17 Japan JPN
4 h2 r1/2 Mátyás Borlói 16 Hungary HUN
4 h3 r1/2 Satoru Nakano 21 Japan JPN
4 h4 r1/2 Gunnar Larsson 17 Sweden SWE
4 h5 r1/2 Ørjan Madsen 22 Norway NOR
4 h6 r1/2 Roosevelt Abdulgafur 24 Philippines PHI
4 h7 r1/2 Jorge González 19 Puerto Rico PUR
4 h8 r1/2 Ingvar Eriksson 24 Sweden SWE
4 h9 r1/2 Luis Ayesa 18 Philippines PHI
5 h1 r1/2 Gary Goodner 17 Puerto Rico PUR
5 h2 r1/2 Amnon Krauz 16 Israel ISR
5 h3 r1/2 Federico Sicard 18 Colombia COL
5 h4 r1/2 Elt Drenth 19 Netherlands NED
5 h5 r1/2 Ricardo González 21 Colombia COL
5 h6 r1/2 Fernando González 18 Ecuador ECU
5 h7 r1/2 Csaba Csatlós 18 Hungary HUN
5 h8 r1/2 Andrew Loh 19 Hong Kong HKG
5 h9 r1/2 Ernesto Durón 16 El Salvador ESA
6 h1 r1/2 Salvador Vilanova 15 El Salvador ESA
6 h2 r1/2 Gregorio Fiallo 16 Cuba CUB
6 h3 r1/2 José Martínez 16 Cuba CUB
6 h4 r1/2 Georgijs Kuļikovs 21 Soviet Union URS
6 h5 r1/2 Tony Jarvis 23 Great Britain GBR
6 h6 r1/2 Werner Krammel 19 West Germany FRG
6 h7 r1/2 Gábor Kucsera 19 Hungary HUN
7 h4 r1/2 Ronnie Wong 16 Hong Kong HKG
7 h5 r1/2 Bob Loh 22 Hong Kong HKG
7 h6 r1/2 Ramiro Benavides 14 Guatemala GUA
8 h4 r1/2 Angus Edghill 22 Barbados BAR
8 h6 r1/2 José Alvarado 15 El Salvador ESA