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Men's 400 metres Individual Medley

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

Gold: USA Rod Strachan
Silver: USA Tim McKee
Bronze: URS Andrey Smirnov


Since his Munich bronze medal, Hungary’s [András Hargitay] had been the world’s IM swimmer, winning both the 200 and 400 at the 1975 World Championships, and setting the 400 IM world record in Vienna in 1974 with 4:28.89. That record was broken in April 1976 by his countryman, [Zoltán Verraszto], but he was not in Montréal. The US Trials were won in June by [Rod Strachan], who was also NCAA Champion in 1976. Hargitay and Strachan were expected to be challenged by [Tim McKee], silver medalist in this event in 1972. The opening butterfly leg of the final was led by the third American, [Steve Furniss], but Strachan then opened a two-second lead on his strongest leg, the backstroke. Strachan later noted, “I knew I had the weakest breaststroke out there, so I felt I had to have a lead at the end of the backstroke.” And on the third leg, the breaststroke, McKee took back the lead, just over ½-second ahead of Strachan, only to see Strachan race home in the freestyle 100 in under a minute and claim the gold medal in world record time, 4:32.68. McKee settled for a second consecutive silver, while Soviet [Andrey Smirnov] surprised a tiring Hargitay to win bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Rod Strachan 20 United States USA Gold WR
2 Tim McKee 23 United States USA Silver
3 Andrey Smirnov 19 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 András Hargitay 20 Hungary HUN
5 Graham Smith 18 Canada CAN
6 Steve Furniss 23 United States USA
7 Andy Ritchie 17 Canada CAN
8 HaJo Geisler 21 West Germany FRG
2 h1 r1/2 Bill Sawchuk 17 Canada CAN
2 h5 r1/2 Anatoly Smirnov 18 Soviet Union URS
3 h1 r1/2 Alan McClatchey 19 Great Britain GBR
3 h2 r1/2 Tsuyoshi Yanagidate 19 Japan JPN
3 h3 r1/2 Miloslav Roľko 15 Czechoslovakia TCH
3 h4 r1/2 Peter Dawson 19 Australia AUS
3 h5 r1/2 Mark Treffers 22 New Zealand NZL
4 h1 r1/2 John McConnochie 22 New Zealand NZL
4 h2 r1/2 José-Ricardo de Jesús 16 Puerto Rico PUR
4 h3 r1/2 Jeff Van de Graaf Australia AUS
4 h4 r1/2 Csaba Sós 19 Hungary HUN
4 h5 r1/2 Jim Carter 19 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r1/2 Gunnar Gundersen 20 Norway NOR
5 h2 r1/2 Ronald Woutering 17 Netherlands NED
5 h3 r1/2 Duncan Cleworth 19 Great Britain GBR
5 h4 r1/2 Ricardo Marmolejo 22 Mexico MEX
5 h5 r1/2 Julio Abreu 22 Paraguay PAR
6 h3 r1/2 François Deley 20 Belgium BEL
6 h4 r1/2 Dov Nisman 21 Israel ISR
6 h5 r1/2 Zoltán Verrasztó 20 Hungary HUN
7 h3 r1/2 António de Melo 16 Portugal POR
7 h4 r1/2 Edwin Borja 18 Philippines PHI
7 h5 r1/2 Guillermo Zavala 18 Mexico MEX
AC h1 r1/2 Patrick Novaretti 19 Monaco MON DQ
AC h2 r1/2 Mikhail Gorelik 18 Soviet Union URS DQ