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Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Individual Medley

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Francisco Márquez Olympic Swimming Pool, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 19, 1968
Date Finished: October 20, 1968

Gold: USA Charlie Hickcox
Silver: USA Greg Buckingham
Bronze: USA John Ferris

Summary

This was the first time on the Olympic Program for the 200 individual medley. Official world records had only been recognized in the event since 1966 with Greg Buckingham setting the first two, while [Charles Hickcox] bettered him and held the world mark coming into the Olympics. The two made the final along with teammate John Ferris and a medal sweep was considered a possibility. Hickcox was never seriously challenged, taking the lead on the butterfly leg and expanding it on the second 50 using his best stroke, the backstroke. Behind him Buckingham and Ferris were close throughout for the other medals, Buckingham eventually coming in for the silver a full second behind Hickcox, with Ferris third. Peru’s [Juan Bello] was in third place briefly on the breaststroke leg, but was passed on the freestyle by Ferris and placed fourth. Through 2008 this remains the best finish ever by a Peruvian swimmer at the Olympics. Hickcox swam again in the 100 backstroke two days later and won a silver behind Roland Matthes, and won gold the next day in the 400 IM, completing an individual medley double.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Charlie Hickcox 21 United States USA Gold OR
2 Greg Buckingham 23 United States USA Silver
3 John Ferris 19 United States USA Bronze
4 Juan Carlos Bello 19 Peru PER
5 George Smith 18 Canada CAN
6 Sandy Gilchrist 22 Canada CAN
7 Mike Holthaus 18 West Germany FRG
8 Péter Lázár 18 Hungary HUN
1 h4 r1/2 Vladimir Kravchenko 20 Soviet Union URS
1 h7 r1/2 Jürgen Schiller 22 West Germany FRG
2 h3 r1/2 Reinhard Merkel 18 West Germany FRG
2 h4 r1/2 István Szentirmay 19 Hungary HUN
2 h6 r1/2 Michele D'Oppido 19 Italy ITA
2 h7 r1/2 Martyn Woodroffe 18 Great Britain GBR
3 h1 r1/2 Lars Kraus Jensen 24 Denmark DEN
3 h2 r1/2 Frank Wiegand 25 East Germany GDR
3 h3 r1/2 Hans Ljungberg 20 Sweden SWE
3 h4 r1/2 Angel Chakarov 18 Bulgaria BUL
3 h5 r1/2 Juan Fortuny 22 Spain ESP
3 h6 r1/2 Ken Campbell 19 Canada CAN
3 h7 r1/2 Jacek Krawczyk 19 Poland POL
4 h1 r1/2 Zbigniew Pacelt 17 Poland POL
4 h2 r1/2 Ronnie Wong 16 Hong Kong HKG
4 h3 r1/2 Yulyan Rusev 19 Bulgaria BUL
4 h4 r1/2 José Joaquín Santibáñez 16 Mexico MEX
4 h5 r1/2 François Simons 21 Belgium BEL
4 h6 r1/2 Eduardo Alanís 18 Mexico MEX
4 h7 r1/2 Tony Asamali 21 Philippines PHI
5 h1 r1/2 Gudmunður Gíslason 27 Iceland ISL
5 h2 r1/2 Donnacha O'Dea 20 Ireland IRL
5 h3 r1/2 Raymond Terrell 15 Great Britain GBR
5 h4 r1/2 Karl Byrom 17 Australia AUS
5 h5 r1/2 Rafael Hernández 22 Mexico MEX
5 h6 r1/2 Gershon Shefa 25 Israel ISR
5 h7 r1/2 José Martínez 16 Cuba CUB
6 h1 r1/2 Andrey Dunayev 19 Soviet Union URS
6 h3 r1/2 Olle Ferm 21 Sweden SWE
6 h4 r1/2 Chan King-Ming 14 Chinese Taipei TPE
6 h5 r1/2 Salvador Vilanova 15 El Salvador ESA
6 h6 r1/2 Peter Schmid 19 Austria AUT
6 h7 r1/2 Andrew Loh 19 Hong Kong HKG
7 h1 r1/2 Francisco Ramis 17 Puerto Rico PUR
7 h5 r1/2 Bob Loh 22 Hong Kong HKG
7 h6 r1/2 Friedrich Jokisch 15 El Salvador ESA
8 h1 r1/2 Rubén Guerrero 13 El Salvador ESA
AC h3 r1/2 Lee Tong-Shing 20 Chinese Taipei TPE DQ