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Men's 100 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Olympic Swim Stadium, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: July 29, 1984
Date Finished: July 29, 1984

Gold: USA Steve Lundquist
Silver: CAN Victor Davis
Bronze: AUS Peter Evans

Summary

In 1982-83 Steve Lundquist had been the world’s best in this event, winning gold at the 1982 World Championships and setting four world records in those years. At the 1982 Worlds, American John Moffet had won bronze in both breaststroke events. At the 1984 US Olympic Trials, Moffett beat Lundquist for the first time and in the process, bettered his world record with 1:02.13. In training camp before the Olympics, however, Moffet injured his groin. It seemed better by the time of Los Angeles, as Moffet led the qualifiers with 1:02.16, but on the turn of that race, re-injured his groin. It was not certain if he would be able to even swim in the final. And he told Lundquist, “If something goes haywire with my leg, get the gold for the United States.” Lundquist did just that, finishing in a world record 1:01.65, the first swimmer to better 1:02 in the 100 breast, although Canada’s Victor Davis also did so in second, with 1:01.99. Four days later, he would win the 200 breaststroke. Moffet was far from his best and trailed in fifth, swimming with his upper thigh taped and having received a pain-killing injection. The winner of the Friendship Games a few weeks later was Soviet Dmitry Volkov, who swam 1:03.72.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Steve Lundquist 23 United States USA Gold WR
2 Victor Davis 20 Canada CAN Silver
3 Peter Evans 22 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Adrian Moorhouse 20 Great Britain GBR
5 John Moffet 20 United States USA
6 Brett Stocks 21 Australia AUS
7 Gerald Mörken 24 West Germany FRG
8 Raffaele Avagnano 20 Italy ITA
9 Gianni Minervini 17 Italy ITA
10 Shigehiro Takahashi 23 Japan JPN
11 Peter Lang 26 West Germany FRG
12 Pablo Restrepo 24 Colombia COL
13 Thomas Böhm 18 Austria AUT
14 Iain Campbell 19 Great Britain GBR
15 Brett Austin 25 New Zealand NZL
16 Peter Berggren 22 Sweden SWE
17 Jin Fu 19 China CHN
18 Enrique Romero 20 Spain ESP
19 Marco Veilleux 21 Canada CAN
20 Étienne Dagon 23 Switzerland SUI
21 Jan-Erick Olsen 18 Norway NOR
22 Eyal Shtigman 21 Israel ISR
23 Felix Morf 22 Switzerland SUI
24T Victor Ruberry 24 Bermuda BER
24T Luiz Carvalho 22 Brazil BRA
26 Manuel Gutiérrez 19 Panama PAN
27 Kenji Watanabe 15 Japan JPN
28 Paul Newallo 21 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
29 Martti Järventaus 23 Finland FIN
30 Gerhard Prohaska 26 Austria AUT
31 Eduardo Morillo 22 Mexico MEX
32 Francisco Guanco 19 Philippines PHI
33 Tryggvi Helgason 21 Iceland ISL
34T Julio César Falón 19 Argentina ARG
34T Alexandre Yokochi 19 Portugal POR
36 Jairulla Jaitulla 30 Philippines PHI
37 Watt Kam Sing 17 Hong Kong HKG
38 Árni Sigurðsson 19 Iceland ISL
39 Li Khai Kam 18 Hong Kong HKG
40 Jorge Henão 22 Venezuela VEN
41 Oscar Ortigosa 18 Peru PER
42 Oon Jin Teik 21 Singapore SIN
43 Ayman Nadim 20 Egypt EGY
44 Fernando Marroquin 16 Guatemala GUA
45 Harrell Woolard 20 United States Virgin Islands ISV
46 Brian Farlow 19 United States Virgin Islands ISV
47 Ahmad Al-Hahdoud Kuwait KUW
48 Michele Piva 18 San Marino SMR
49 Isaac Atish Wa-El Kuwait KUW
50 Amine El-Domyati 21 Lebanon LIB
AC r1/2 Wang Lin 25 China CHN DQ
AC r1/2 Salvador Corelo Honduras HON DQ