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Swimming at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Individual Medley

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Hall, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: September 3, 1972
Date Finished: September 3, 1972

Gold: SWE Gunnar Larsson
Silver: USA Tim McKee
Bronze: USA Steve Furniss

Summary

Gary Hall had set three world records in this event since the 1968 Olympics, including at the US Trials in August. But in the 400 IM, held four days earlier, Sweden’s [Gunnar Larsson], 1970 European Champion in both IMs, had outtouched American Tim McKee. The three swimmers were expected to contest the medals along with the third American, Steve Furniss, who won the fifth heat in the first round. Hall, a butterfly specialist, took the lead in the final on the opening butterfly leg. He maintained it through the backstroke 50, but Larsson took over on the breaststroke, with McKee moving into second. But the race was over, as Larsson was unchallenged on the freestyle lap, winning by 1.2 seconds in a world record 2:07.17. Furniss came on for the bronze medal as Hall tired in the final lap. Hall was disconsolate, having come to Munich expecting to win gold in both medley races but going home without a medal in either race.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Gunnar Larsson 21 Sweden SWE Gold WR
2 Tim McKee 19 United States USA Silver
3 Steve Furniss 19 United States USA Bronze
4 Gary Hall 21 United States USA
5 András Hargitay 16 Hungary HUN
6 Mikhail Sukharev 19 Soviet Union URS
7 Juan Carlos Bello 23 Peru PER
8 Hans Ljungberg 24 Sweden SWE
1 h1 r1/2 Wolfram Sperling 19 East Germany GDR
2 h1 r1/2 Thomas Aretz 23 West Germany FRG
2 h2 r1/2 Bruce Featherston 20 Australia AUS
2 h3 r1/2 Klaus Steinbach 18 West Germany FRG
3 h1 r1/2 Bertram Türpe 20 East Germany GDR
3 h2 r1/2 Clay Evans 18 Canada CAN
3 h3 r1/2 Doug Jamison 19 Canada CAN
3 h4 r1/2 David Wilkie 18 Great Britain GBR
3 h5 r1/2 Valentyn Partyka 20 Soviet Union URS
3 h6 r1/2 Christian Lietzmann 16 East Germany GDR
4 h1 r1/2 Hsu Tung-Hsiung 17 Chinese Taipei TPE
4 h2 r1/2 David Brumwell 18 Canada CAN
4 h3 r1/2 Antônio Azevedo 17 Brazil BRA
4 h4 r1/2 John McConnochie 18 New Zealand NZL
4 h5 r1/2 Ricardo Marmolejo 18 Mexico MEX
4 h6 r1/2 Jiro Sasaki 16 Japan JPN
5 h1 r1/2 José Joaquín Santibáñez 20 Mexico MEX
5 h2 r1/2 Gudmunður Gíslason 31 Iceland ISL
5 h3 r1/2 Marian Slavic 26 Romania ROU
5 h4 r1/2 Andreas Weber 19 West Germany FRG
5 h5 r1/2 Zbigniew Pacelt 21 Poland POL
5 h6 r1/2 Jairulla Jaitulla 18 Philippines PHI
6 h1 r1/2 Amin Ahmed Adel Youssef 25 Egypt EGY
6 h2 r1/2 James Findlay 18 Australia AUS
6 h3 r1/2 Roy Chan 16 Singapore SIN
6 h4 r1/2 Neil Martin 17 Australia AUS
6 h5 r1/2 Bruno Bassoul 15 Lebanon LIB
6 h6 r1/2 Lorenzo Marugo 20 Italy ITA
7 h2 r1/2 Ronnie Wong 20 Hong Kong HKG
7 h4 r1/2 François van Kruisdijk 20 Netherlands NED
7 h5 r1/2 Chiang Jin Choon 15 Malaysia MAS
AC h3 r1/2 Barry Prime 18 Great Britain GBR DQ