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Swimming at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Butterfly

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Pool, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 18, 1976
Date Finished: July 18, 1976

Gold: USA Mike Bruner
Silver: USA Steve Gregg
Bronze: USA Bill Forrester

Summary

The United States’ Bill Forrester had won this event at the 1975 World Championships, but East German Roger Pyttel was second and he had twice broken the world record in early June 1976. The second was the current mark, 1:59.63, which was the first time anyone had broken two minutes for the 200 fly. This was the first swimming final of the Montréal Olympics and the American strategy was to let Pyttel set the pace, stay close to him, and then outsprint him on the final lap. However, the American trio of Forrester, Mike Bruner and Steve Gregg, runner-up at the 1973 Worlds, did not quite comply, as Forrester led to the 100 mark in 57.41, with Bruner second, Pyttel third, and Gregg, a strong finisher, back in fifth. Bruner took the lead at 150 metres, followed by Pyttel, with Gregg gaining water quickly. Bruner held on for the victory, Gregg closing quickly for silver, and Forrester completing the American sweep, as all three broke two minutes, led by Bruner’s world record of 1:59.23.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mike Bruner 19 United States USA Gold WR
2 Steve Gregg 20 United States USA Silver
3 Bill Forrester 18 United States USA Bronze
4 Roger Pyttel 19 East Germany GDR
5 Michael Kraus 20 West Germany FRG
6 Brian Brinkley 22 Great Britain GBR
7 Jorge Delgado, Jr. 22 Ecuador ECU
8 Oleksandr Manachynskiy 17 Soviet Union URS
1 h1 r1/2 Sean Maher 22 Great Britain GBR
2 h1 r1/2 András Hargitay 20 Hungary HUN
2 h2 r1/2 Jorge Jaramillo 19 Colombia COL
2 h4 r1/2 George Nagy 19 Canada CAN
3 h1 r1/2 Csaba Sós 19 Hungary HUN
3 h2 r1/2 Jeff Van de Graaf Australia AUS
3 h3 r1/2 Hideaki Hara 19 Japan JPN
3 h4 r1/2 Hartmut Flöckner 23 East Germany GDR
3 h5 r1/2 Mikhail Gorelik 18 Soviet Union URS
3 h6 r1/2 Pär Arvidsson 16 Sweden SWE
4 h1 r1/2 Shinsuke Kayama 17 Japan JPN
4 h2 r1/2 Doug Martin 20 Canada CAN
4 h3 r1/2 Anders Bellbring 24 Sweden SWE
4 h4 r1/2 Ricardo Marmolejo 22 Mexico MEX
4 h5 r1/2 Bruce Rogers 19 Canada CAN
4 h6 r1/2 Peter Broscienski 18 West Germany FRG
5 h1 r1/2 Gordon Hewitt 18 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r1/2 Adi Prag 18 Israel ISR
5 h3 r1/2 John Daly 19 Puerto Rico PUR
5 h4 r1/2 Paulo Frischknecht 15 Portugal POR
5 h5 r1/2 Miguel Lang-Lenton 19 Spain ESP
5 h6 r1/2 John Coutts 20 New Zealand NZL
6 h1 r1/2 Hugo Cuenca 17 Venezuela VEN
6 h2 r1/2 Steven Newkirk 18 United States Virgin Islands ISV
6 h3 r1/2 Carlos González 20 Panama PAN
6 h5 r1/2 Anatoly Smirnov 18 Soviet Union URS
6 h6 r1/2 Ronald Woutering 17 Netherlands NED
7 h5 r1/2 François Deley 20 Belgium BEL
7 h6 r1/2 Edwin Borja 18 Philippines PHI
8 h5 r1/2 Julio Abreu 22 Paraguay PAR
AC h1 r1/2 Lawrence Kwoh 16 Hong Kong HKG DQ
AC h4 r1/2 Ross Seymour 22 Australia AUS DQ