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Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's 400 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 22, 1968
Date Finished: October 23, 1968

Gold: USA Charlie Hickcox
Silver: USA Gary Hall
Bronze: FRG Mike Holthaus

Summary

Gary Hall had set the world record in July 1968 with 4:43.4 at a meet in Los Angeles, California. But one month later [Charles Hickcox] blasted that with 4:39.4 in Long Beach. Hickcox had already won the 200 individual medley and a silver in the 100 back in Mexico City by the time this race started. They were the two fastest qualifiers. Hall and Hickcox swam together almost throughout, with the lead exchanged several times, but with never more than ½ second between them. Hickcox pulled ahead on the breaststroke leg and led at 300 metres, but Hall caught him on the penultimate lap, as they turned even. But Hickcox was stronger on the final 50 and won the gold medal by 3/10ths of a second. Germany’s [Michael Holthaus] was never close but was third from 200 metres in and won the bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Charlie Hickcox 21 United States USA Gold
2 Gary Hall 17 United States USA Silver
3 Mike Holthaus 18 West Germany FRG Bronze
4 Greg Buckingham 23 United States USA
5 Sandy Gilchrist 22 Canada CAN
6 Reinhard Merkel 18 West Germany FRG
7 Andrey Dunayev 19 Soviet Union URS
8 Rafael Hernández 22 Mexico MEX
2 h1 r1/2 Martyn Woodroffe 18 Great Britain GBR
2 h4 r1/2 George Smith 18 Canada CAN
3 h1 r1/2 Eduardo Alanís 18 Mexico MEX
3 h2 r1/2 Hans Ljungberg 20 Sweden SWE
3 h3 r1/2 Bernhard Mock 23 West Germany FRG
3 h4 r1/2 Yulyan Rusev 19 Bulgaria BUL
3 h5 r1/2 Karl Byrom 17 Australia AUS
4 h1 r1/2 Jacek Krawczyk 19 Poland POL
4 h2 r1/2 Vladimir Kravchenko 20 Soviet Union URS
4 h3 r1/2 Péter Lázár 18 Hungary HUN
4 h4 r1/2 Lars Kraus Jensen 24 Denmark DEN
4 h5 r1/2 Michele D'Oppido 19 Italy ITA
5 h2 r1/2 Tomas Becerra 15 Colombia COL
5 h3 r1/2 Angel Chakarov 18 Bulgaria BUL
5 h4 r1/2 Zbigniew Pacelt 17 Poland POL
5 h5 r1/2 Jacques Henrard 18 Belgium BEL
6 h2 r1/2 Miguel Torres 22 Spain ESP
6 h3 r1/2 Ken Campbell 19 Canada CAN
6 h4 r1/2 Raymond Terrell 15 Great Britain GBR
6 h5 r1/2 Olle Ferm 21 Sweden SWE
7 h2 r1/2 Gudmunður Gíslason 27 Iceland ISL
7 h3 r1/2 Gershon Shefa 25 Israel ISR
7 h4 r1/2 Francisco Ramis 17 Puerto Rico PUR
8 h2 r1/2 Raúl Villagómez 18 Mexico MEX
8 h3 r1/2 Lee Tong-Shing 20 Chinese Taipei TPE
8 h4 r1/2 Antonio Cruz 16 Guatemala GUA
AC h1 r1/2 José Martínez 16 Cuba CUB DQ