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Men's 100 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Hall, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: August 29, 1972
Date Finished: August 30, 1972

Gold: JPN Nobutaka Taguchi
Silver: USA Tom Bruce
Bronze: USA John Hencken

Summary

This race was considered open with no swimmer having dominated in the past few years. The world record was 1:06.2 set by Soviet Nikolay Pankin, who made the final, but he had set that back in 1969, an eternity ago in swimming circles. That record did not do well in the semi-finals in Munich as John Hencken (USA) swam 1:05.68 in the first semi, only to see Japan’s Nobutaka Taguchi better that in the second heat with 1:05.13. In the final the American threesome of Hencken, Tom Bruce, and Mark Chatfield led to the turn with Taguchi back in seventh place. At 85 metres Bruce seemed to have the race in hand, but Taguchi closed quickly to take the gold medal and another world record, 1:04.94. Bruce held on for second with Hencken winning bronze. David Wilkie of Great Britain finished last in the final. In 1973 at the World Championships, Hencken would win gold with Wilkie second, and Taguchi third. Over the next few years Hencken and Wilkie would become the world’s top breaststrokers and battle for superiority among themselves. At Montréal in 1976 Hencken would win gold in this event, with Wilkie the 200 breaststroke gold.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Nobutaka Taguchi 21 Japan JPN Gold WR
2 Tom Bruce 20 United States USA Silver
3 John Hencken 18 United States USA Bronze
4 Mark Chatfield 19 United States USA
5 Walter Kusch 18 West Germany FRG
6 José Sylvio Fiolo 22 Brazil BRA
7 Nikolay Pankin 23 Soviet Union URS
8 David Wilkie 18 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r2/3 Klaus Katzur 29 East Germany GDR
5 h1 r2/3 Bill Mahony 22 Canada CAN
6 h1 r2/3 Bernard Combet 18 France FRA
6 h2 r2/3 Viktor Stulikov 18 Soviet Union URS
7 h1 r2/3 Robert Stoddart 22 Canada CAN
7 h2 r2/3 Vladimir Kosinsky 27 Soviet Union URS
8 h1 r2/3 Rainer Hradetzky 19 East Germany GDR
8 h2 r2/3 Roger-Philippe Menu 24 France FRA
3 h2 r1/3 Malcolm O'Connell 17 Great Britain GBR
3 h5 r1/3 Mike Whitaker 20 Canada CAN
3 h6 r1/3 Michael Günther 22 West Germany FRG
4 h1 r1/3 Paul Jarvie 19 Australia AUS
4 h2 r1/3 Sándor Szabó 21 Hungary HUN
4 h4 r1/3 Liam Ball 21 Ireland IRL
4 h5 r1/3 Felipe Muñoz 21 Mexico MEX
4 h6 r1/3 Osvaldo Boretto 20 Argentina ARG
5 h1 r1/3 Sokhon Yi 21 Cambodia CAM
5 h2 r1/3 Gustavo Salcedo 20 Mexico MEX
5 h3 r1/3 Amman Jalmaani 23 Philippines PHI
5 h4 r1/3 Andreas Hellmann 20 West Germany FRG
5 h5 r1/3 Pedro Balcells 18 Spain ESP
5 h6 r1/3 János Tóth 17 Hungary HUN
6 h1 r1/3 Edmondo Mingione 19 Italy ITA
6 h2 r1/3 Jean-Pierre Dubey 21 Switzerland SUI
6 h3 r1/3 Steffen Kriechbaum 25 Austria AUT
6 h4 r1/3 Karl Christian Koch 20 Denmark DEN
6 h5 r1/3 Alfredo Hunger 17 Peru PER
6 h6 r1/3 Angel Chakarov 21 Bulgaria BUL
7 h1 r1/3 Morkal Faruk 21 Turkey TUR
7 h2 r1/3 Cezary Śmiglak 19 Poland POL
7 h3 r1/3 Bruno Bassoul 15 Lebanon LIB
7 h4 r1/3 Piero Ferracuti El Salvador ESA
7 h5 r1/3 Theodoros Koutoumanis 21 Greece GRE
7 h6 r1/3 Paul Naisby 17 Great Britain GBR
8 h5 r1/3 Rudi Vingerhoets 14 Belgium BEL
8 h6 r1/3 Guðjón Guðmundsson 20 Iceland ISL