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Swimming at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Pool, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 19, 1976
Date Finished: July 20, 1976

Gold: USA John Hencken
Silver: GBR David Wilkie
Bronze: URS Arvydas Juozaitis

Summary

The top two breaststrokers in the world since Munich were American John Hencken and Britain’s David Wilkie, with Hencken considered better in the 100 and Wilkie in the 200. Hencken was World Champion in the 100 in 1973, but Wilkie had won it in 1975 when Hencken did not swim. Hencken had set the last three world records in the event, the current mark standing at 1:03.88 set in 1974. In the first round, he equalled that mark. He improved that in the semi-finals, posting another world record of 1:03.62, pushed by Canadian [Graham Smith], who posted 1:03.92 in placing second. The final was more of the same. Hencken went out well in the lead with 29.38 to wall, with Wilkie inexplicably back in sixth place after missing his first kick off the start. But Wilkie’s strength brought him back in to finish in 1:03.43, under the recently posted record, but it gained him only silver, as Hencken set his third world record in the event, finishing in 1:03.11 for gold. Smith was unable to match his semi pace, finishing in 1:04.26 to trail Soviet Arvydas Juozaitis, and just miss out on the bronze medal. Four days later, Wilkie and Hencken would again finish 1-2 in the 200 breaststroke, this time Wilkie having the better of it.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 John Hencken 22 United States USA Gold WR
2 David Wilkie 22 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Arvydas Juozaitis 20 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Graham Smith 18 Canada CAN
5 Giorgio Lalle 19 Italy ITA
6 Walter Kusch 22 West Germany FRG
7 Duncan Goodhew 19 Great Britain GBR
8 Chris Woo 18 United States USA
5 h1 r2/3 Lawrence Dowler 22 United States USA
5 h2 r2/3 Peter Lang 18 West Germany FRG
6 h1 r2/3 Nobutaka Taguchi 25 Japan JPN
6 h2 r2/3 Nikolay Pankin 27 Soviet Union URS
7 h1 r2/3 José Sylvio Fiolo 26 Brazil BRA
7 h2 r2/3 David Leigh 19 Great Britain GBR
8 h1 r2/3 Sérgio Ribeiro 17 Brazil BRA
8 h2 r2/3 Paul Jarvie 23 Australia AUS
3 h1 r1/3 Ove Wisløff 22 Norway NOR
3 h3 r1/3 Anders Norling 20 Sweden SWE
4 h1 r1/3 Tateki Shinya 18 Japan JPN
4 h2 r1/3 Steffen Kriechbaum 29 Austria AUT
4 h3 r1/3 Vladimir Dementyev 19 Soviet Union URS
5 h1 r1/3 Cezary Śmiglak 23 Poland POL
5 h2 r1/3 Tuomo Kerola 18 Finland FIN
5 h3 r1/3 Gustavo Lozano 24 Mexico MEX
5 h4 r1/3 Pedro Balcells 22 Spain ESP
6 h1 r1/3 Mel Zajac 20 Canada CAN
6 h2 r1/3 Carlos Nazario 18 Puerto Rico PUR
6 h4 r1/3 Bruce Knowles Bahamas BAH
6 h5 r1/3 Zdravko Divjak 20 Yugoslavia YUG
7 h1 r1/3 Campari Knoepffler 16 Nicaragua NCA
7 h2 r1/3 Henrique Vicêncio 17 Portugal POR
7 h5 r1/3 Glen Sochasky 19 Venezuela VEN