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Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Francisco Márquez Olympic Swimming Pool, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 26, 1968
Date Finished: October 26, 1968

Gold: USA United States
Silver: GDR East Germany
Bronze: URS Soviet Union

Summary

This was the final swimming event of the 1968 Olympics. The USA had won it in 1960 and 1964 and was again the clear favorite. On the opening leg, East Germany’s Roland Matthes put his team ahead with a world record of 58.0 for the 100 backstroke, with [Charles Hickcox] of the US over two seconds behind. On the breaststroke leg, 100 gold medalist Don McKenzie picked up a little ground on East German Egon Henninger but the Americans were still a full two seconds back. That changed on the butterfly as Doug Russell stormed by [Horst Gregor] and gave Ken Walsh a 1.6 second lead for the anchor leg. Walsh opened further to bring the US home in the world record time of 3:54.9 with East Germany second and the Soviet Union winning bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold WR
2 East Germany GDR Silver
3 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Australia AUS
5 Japan JPN
6 West Germany FRG
7 Canada CAN
8 Spain ESP
3 h3 r1/2 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r1/2 Argentina ARG
4 h2 r1/2 Sweden SWE
4 h3 r1/2 Mexico MEX
5 h1 r1/2 Hungary HUN
5 h2 r1/2 Philippines PHI
5 h3 r1/2 Italy ITA
6 h1 r1/2 Brazil BRA
6 h2 r1/2 Switzerland SUI
7 h2 r1/2 Puerto Rico PUR