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Swimming at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Pool, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 24, 1976
Date Finished: July 25, 1976

Gold: USA Jim Montgomery
Silver: USA Jack Babashoff
Bronze: FRG Peter Nocke


American Jim Montgomery had broken the world record in this event in August 1975 in Kansas City, finishing in 50.59. But he bettered that in the semi-finals in Montréal with 50.39 and entered the final as a clear favorite. He went out fast in the finishing, hitting the wall in 24.14, 6/10ths ahead of teammate Jack Babashoff. But he did not slow, winning the gold medal in 49.99 for another world record and becoming the first man to swim 100 metres in under 50 seconds. Babashoff trailed behind in 50.81 for the silver with West German Peter Nicke getting bronze. One man who might have challenged Montgomery in Montréal was not there. That was Jonty Skinner of South Africa, who could not compete because his nation was banned by the IOC because of their apartheid policies. A few weeks after Montréal, Skinner lowered Montgomery’s world record to 49.44.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jim Montgomery 21 United States USA Gold WR
2 Jack Babashoff 21 United States USA Silver
3 Peter Nocke 20 West Germany FRG Bronze
4 Klaus Steinbach 22 West Germany FRG
5 Marcello Guarducci 20 Italy ITA
6 Joe Bottom 21 United States USA
7 Vladimir Bure 25 Soviet Union URS
8 Andrey Krylov 20 Soviet Union URS
5 h1 r2/3 Roberto Pangaro 26 Italy ITA
5 h2 r2/3 Michel Rousseau 27 France FRA
6 h1 r2/3 Steve Pickell 18 Canada CAN
6 h2 r2/3 Gary MacDonald 22 Canada CAN
7 h1 r2/3 René Écuyer 19 France FRA
7 h2 r2/3 Martin Smith 18 Great Britain GBR
8 h1 r2/3 Andrey Bogdanov 18 Soviet Union URS
8 h2 r2/3 Svante Rasmuson 20 Sweden SWE
2 h1 r1/3 Stefan Georgiev 20 Bulgaria BUL
2 h7 r1/3 Kevin Burns 20 Great Britain GBR
3 h1 r1/3 Roger Pyttel 19 East Germany GDR
3 h3 r1/3 Jorge Delgado, Jr. 22 Ecuador ECU
3 h5 r1/3 Bruce Robertson 23 Canada CAN
4 h1 r1/3 Dirk Braunleder 19 West Germany FRG
4 h3 r1/3 Neil Rogers 23 Australia AUS
4 h5 r1/3 Peter Coughlan 29 Australia AUS
5 h1 r1/3 Jorge Comas 22 Spain ESP
5 h2 r1/3 Ramón Volcan 20 Venezuela VEN
5 h3 r1/3 Paul Jovanneau 17 Brazil BRA
5 h4 r1/3 Glenn Patching 18 Australia AUS
5 h5 r1/3 Dan Larsson 17 Sweden SWE
5 h6 r1/3 Fritz Warncke 20 Norway NOR
6 h1 r1/3 Mark Crocker 20 Hong Kong HKG
6 h2 r1/3 Helmut Levy 17 Colombia COL
6 h3 r1/3 Campari Knoepffler 16 Nicaragua NCA
6 h4 r1/3 Gerardo Rosario 23 Philippines PHI
6 h5 r1/3 Gianni Versari 18 Panama PAN
6 h6 r1/3 Fernando Cañales 16 Puerto Rico PUR
7 h1 r1/3 Kozo Higuchi 20 Japan JPN
7 h2 r1/3 Kris Sumono 17 Indonesia INA
7 h5 r1/3 Steven Newkirk 18 United States Virgin Islands ISV
7 h6 r1/3 José Pereira 21 Portugal POR
8 h6 r1/3 Sigurður Ólafsson 21 Iceland ISL