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Swimming at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Freestyle

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

Gold: USA Bruce Furniss
Silver: USA John Naber
Bronze: USA Jim Montgomery

Summary

The world record had not moved since Mark Spitz set it to win this race in Munich. But the Montréal final would see six swimmers better Spitz’s mark, and a seventh equal it. Bruce Furniss led out the final with a first 50 split of 26.43, just ahead of John Naber who, only ½-hour before, had won gold in the 100 backstroke final. Naber took over the lead, though narrowly, at 100 and 150 metres, but Furniss came back strongly to win gold in 1:50.29, Naber finishing in 1:50.50. Just behind him was the third American, as Jim Montgomery completed the United States’ sweep. Furniss’s brother, Steve Furniss, had won a bronze medal in 1972 in the 200 individual medley. John Naber would eventually four gold medals in Montréal, in addition to his silver in this race.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Bruce Furniss 19 United States USA Gold WR
2 John Naber 20 United States USA Silver
3 Jim Montgomery 21 United States USA Bronze
4 Andrey Krylov 20 Soviet Union URS
5 Klaus Steinbach 22 West Germany FRG
6 Peter Nocke 20 West Germany FRG
7 Gordon Downie 21 Great Britain GBR
8 Andrey Bogdanov 18 Soviet Union URS
1 h1 r1/2 Sergey Koplyakov 17 Soviet Union URS
2 h1 r1/2 René van der Kuil 20 Netherlands NED
2 h2 r1/2 Brian Brinkley 22 Great Britain GBR
2 h3 r1/2 Marcello Guarducci 20 Italy ITA
2 h4 r1/2 Graham Windeatt 21 Australia AUS
2 h6 r1/2 Bill Sawchuk 17 Canada CAN
2 h7 r1/2 Jorge Delgado, Jr. 22 Ecuador ECU
2 h8 r1/2 Mark Kerry 16 Australia AUS
3 h1 r1/2 Bengt Gingsjö 24 Sweden SWE
3 h2 r1/2 David López-Zubero 17 Spain ESP
3 h3 r1/2 Roberto Pangaro 26 Italy ITA
3 h4 r1/2 James Hett 18 Canada CAN
3 h5 r1/2 Steve Badger 19 Canada CAN
3 h6 r1/2 Rainer Strohbach 18 East Germany GDR
3 h7 r1/2 Frank Pfütze 17 East Germany GDR
3 h8 r1/2 Peter Dawson 19 Australia AUS
4 h1 r1/2 Fritz Warncke 20 Norway NOR
4 h2 r1/2 Georgios Karpouzis 18 Greece GRE
4 h3 r1/2 Werner Lampe 25 West Germany FRG
4 h4 r1/2 Ali Gharbi 21 Tunisia TUN
4 h5 r1/2 André in het Veld 18 Netherlands NED
4 h6 r1/2 Paolo Revelli 17 Italy ITA
4 h7 r1/2 Alan McClatchey 19 Great Britain GBR
4 h8 r1/2 Peter Pettersson 18 Sweden SWE
5 h1 r1/2 Tsuyoshi Yanagidate 19 Japan JPN
5 h2 r1/2 Eduardo Pérez 19 Mexico MEX
5 h3 r1/2 Kevin Williamson 17 Ireland IRL
5 h4 r1/2 Steven Newkirk 18 United States Virgin Islands ISV
5 h5 r1/2 John McConnochie 22 New Zealand NZL
5 h6 r1/2 Andy Knowles 21 Bahamas BAH
5 h7 r1/2 Anders Bellbring 24 Sweden SWE
5 h8 r1/2 Guillermo García 20 Mexico MEX
6 h1 r1/2 Luis Goicoechea 19 Venezuela VEN
6 h2 r1/2 Tomas Becerra 22 Colombia COL
6 h3 r1/2 Nikolay Ganev 21 Bulgaria BUL
6 h4 r1/2 José Pereira 21 Portugal POR
6 h5 r1/2 Mark Crocker 20 Hong Kong HKG
6 h6 r1/2 Lutz Löscher 16 East Germany GDR
6 h7 r1/2 Francisco Cañales 18 Puerto Rico PUR
6 h8 r1/2 Sigurður Ólafsson 21 Iceland ISL
7 h1 r1/2 Kris Sumono 17 Indonesia INA
7 h3 r1/2 Frank Richardson 14 Nicaragua NCA
7 h5 r1/2 Paulo Frischknecht 15 Portugal POR
7 h6 r1/2 Gianni Versari 18 Panama PAN
7 h7 r1/2 Petar Georgiev 17 Bulgaria BUL
7 h8 r1/2 Gerardo Rosario 23 Philippines PHI
8 h7 r1/2 Patrick Novaretti 19 Monaco MON