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Swimming at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Butterfly

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Hall, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: August 30, 1972
Date Finished: August 31, 1972

Gold: USA Mark Spitz
Silver: CAN Bruce Robertson
Bronze: USA Jerry Heidenreich


Mark Spitz was the best swimmer in the world in 1971. The 100 metre butterfly was his best event – you do the math. Spitz had set six of the last seven world records in the 100 fly, including two at the US Trials in August. By the day of the 100 fly final, he had already won three gold medals in Munich, in his quest to sweep seven events. The final was all Spitz. He started out at world record pace (25.38 to the wall), and increased it, winning in 54.27, a full 1.29 seconds ahead of Canada’s [Bruce Robertson]. Spitz had his fourth gold medal and his fourth world record in Munich. There were 38 other swimmers in this event, and seven other finalists – nobody noticed. Later on the same day, Spitz would swim in the final of the 4 x 200 freestyle relay, winning his fifth gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mark Spitz 22 United States USA Gold WR
2 Bruce Robertson 19 Canada CAN Silver
3 Jerry Heidenreich 22 United States USA Bronze
4 Roland Matthes 21 East Germany GDR
5 Dave Edgar 22 United States USA
6 Byron MacDonald 22 Canada CAN
7 Hartmut Flöckner 19 East Germany GDR
8 Neil Rogers 19 Australia AUS
5 h1 r2/3 Roger Pyttel 15 East Germany GDR
5 h2 r2/3 Juan Carlos Bello 23 Peru PER
6 h1 r2/3 Sérgio Waismann 17 Brazil BRA
6 h2 r2/3 Bob Kasting 21 Canada CAN
7 h1 r2/3 Lutz Stoklasa 22 West Germany FRG
7 h2 r2/3 John Mills 19 Great Britain GBR
8 h1 r2/3 Geoffrey Ferreira 22 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
8 h2 r2/3 István Szentirmay 23 Hungary HUN
3 h1 r1/3 Peter Remmel 18 West Germany FRG
4 h1 r1/3 Andrzej Chudziński 23 Poland POL
4 h2 r1/3 Yasuhiro Komazaki 18 Japan JPN
4 h3 r1/3 Viktor Sharygin 22 Soviet Union URS
5 h1 r1/3 Alain Mosconi 22 France FRA
5 h2 r1/3 Hugo Valencia 19 Mexico MEX
5 h3 r1/3 Arturo Lang-Lenton 23 Spain ESP
5 h4 r1/3 Jacques Leloup 20 Belgium BEL
5 h5 r1/3 Hans Lampe 24 West Germany FRG
6 h1 r1/3 Salvador Vilanova 19 El Salvador ESA
6 h2 r1/3 Feridun Aybars 20 Turkey TUR
6 h3 r1/3 Georgijs Kuļikovs 25 Soviet Union URS
6 h4 r1/3 Vladimir Krivtsov 20 Soviet Union URS
6 h5 r1/3 Sean Maher 18 Great Britain GBR
7 h1 r1/3 Martin Edwards 16 Great Britain GBR
7 h2 r1/3 Chhay-Kheng Nhem 25 Cambodia CAM
7 h3 r1/3 Dimitrios Karydis 21 Greece GRE
7 h4 r1/3 Carlos Singson 16 Philippines PHI
7 h5 r1/3 Vasil Dobrev 24 Bulgaria BUL
8 h1 r1/3 Bruno Bassoul 15 Lebanon LIB
8 h2 r1/3 Ronnie Wong 20 Hong Kong HKG
8 h3 r1/3 Roy Chan 16 Singapore SIN
8 h5 r1/3 Aleksandar Pavličević 22 Yugoslavia YUG