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Men's 100 metres Butterfly

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Pool, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 20, 1976
Date Finished: July 21, 1976

Gold: USA Matt Vogel
Silver: USA Joe Bottom
Bronze: USA Gary Hall


In the past four years, no one had approached Mark Spitz’s gold medal winning time of 54.27 from the 1972 Olympics, and nobody had come forward to dominate this event during the interval. With no clear favorite, people looked to East German Roger Pyttel, silver medalist in both butterfly events at the 1975 World Championships, and in the semi-finals he posted 54.75, the second fastest time in history. The next three fastest qualifiers for the final were the American trio of Matt Vogel (54.80), the 1976 NCAA champion in the event, Joe Bottom (55.26), and Gary Hall (55.32). Pyttel could not match his semi-final effort and the final was all-USA, as Vogel led an American sweep in 54.35, followed by Bottom in 54.50, and Hall in 54.65, the 2-3-4 times in the event.

Gary Hall had come to Montréal, by defying the odds of trying to make an Olympic team while a medical student. He had been on the 1968 and 1972 teams and was a surprise in making the 1976 USA team. The US team members then selected him to carry the US flag at the Opening Ceremony, and his bronze medal capped his swimming career, as he related, “When I saw the sweep I almost came to tears.” Hall would later become an ophthalmologist and return to the Olympic pools to watch his son, Gary Hall, Jr., win 10 Olympic medals, including five gold.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Matt Vogel 19 United States USA Gold
2 Joe Bottom 21 United States USA Silver
3 Gary Hall 24 United States USA Bronze
4 Roger Pyttel 19 East Germany GDR
5 Roland Matthes 25 East Germany GDR
6 Clay Evans 22 Canada CAN
7 Hideaki Hara 19 Japan JPN
8 Neil Rogers 23 Australia AUS
4 h2 r2/3 Klaus Steinbach 22 West Germany FRG
5 h1 r2/3 John Mills 23 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r2/3 Steve Pickell 18 Canada CAN
6 h2 r2/3 Bruce Robertson 23 Canada CAN
7 h1 r2/3 Pär Arvidsson 16 Sweden SWE
7 h2 r2/3 Peter Broscienski 18 West Germany FRG
8 h1 r2/3 Yevgeny Seredin 18 Soviet Union URS
8 h2 r2/3 Jorge Delgado, Jr. 22 Ecuador ECU
3 h2 r1/3 Miloslav Roľko 15 Czechoslovakia TCH
3 h6 r1/3 Michael Kraus 20 West Germany FRG
4 h1 r1/3 Cees Vervoorn 16 Netherlands NED
4T h2 r1/3 Serge Buttet 21 France FRA
4T h2 r1/3 Arnaldo Pérez 17 Puerto Rico PUR
4 h3 r1/3 Jorge Jaramillo 19 Colombia COL
4T h4 r1/3 Paolo Barelli 22 Italy ITA
4T h4 r1/3 Oleksandr Manachynskiy 17 Soviet Union URS
4 h5 r1/3 John Coutts 20 New Zealand NZL
4 h6 r1/3 Ross Seymour 22 Australia AUS
5 h1 r1/3 Rômulo Arantes Filho 19 Brazil BRA
5 h3 r1/3 Jon Jon Park 19 Great Britain GBR
5 h5 r1/3 Hartmut Flöckner 23 East Germany GDR
5 h6 r1/3 Richard Iredale 19 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r1/3 Adi Prag 18 Israel ISR
6 h2 r1/3 Riccardo Urbani 17 Italy ITA
6 h3 r1/3 Campari Knoepffler 16 Nicaragua NCA
6 h4 r1/3 José Luis Prado 19 Mexico MEX
6 h5 r1/3 Luis Goicoechea 19 Venezuela VEN
6 h6 r1/3 Shinsuke Kayama 17 Japan JPN
7 h2 r1/3 Carlos González 20 Panama PAN
7 h4 r1/3 Paulo Frischknecht 15 Portugal POR
7 h5 r1/3 John Daly 19 Puerto Rico PUR
7 h6 r1/3 Konstantinos Koskinas 21 Greece GRE
8 h4 r1/3 Lawrence Kwoh 16 Hong Kong HKG
8 h5 r1/3 Steven Newkirk 18 United States Virgin Islands ISV
8 h6 r1/3 Robert Howard 20 Ireland IRL
AC h1 r1/3 François Deley 20 Belgium BEL DQ