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Swimming at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's 200 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: August 2, 1984
Date Finished: August 2, 1984

Gold: CAN Victor Davis
Silver: AUS Glenn Beringen
Bronze: SUI Étienne Dagon

Summary

Canadian Victor Davis had been world’s best in this event since 1982, when he won the World Championships in Ecuador in world record time. He bettered that mark at the 1984 Canadian Olympic Trials in Etobicoke, Ontario. The final was a coronation for him, and was ¼-second ahead at 50 metres, increasing the lead on every lap. He finished in 2:13.34, over one second ahead of his world record, and almost 2½ seconds ahead of silver medalist Glenn Beringen of Australia. The bronze went to Swiss swimmer Étienne Dagon as the US men swimmers were shut out of the medals for one of only three events on the Los Angeles swimming program (also the 200 fly and 400 IM).

In November 1989 Davis was killed when he struck by a car outside a Montréal bar. His ashes were placed in quart of water from lane five of the Olympic pool, where had won his gold medal, and they were then cast into the sea.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Victor Davis 20 Canada CAN Gold WR
2 Glenn Beringen 19 Australia AUS Silver
3 Étienne Dagon 23 Switzerland SUI Bronze
4 Rich Schroeder 22 United States USA
5 Ken Fitzpatrick 21 Canada CAN
6 Pablo Restrepo 24 Colombia COL
7 Alexandre Yokochi 19 Portugal POR
AC r2/2 Marco Del Prete 18 Italy ITA DQ
9 Adrian Moorhouse 20 Great Britain GBR
10 Thierry Pata 19 France FRA
11 Iain Campbell 19 Great Britain GBR
12 Shigehiro Takahashi 23 Japan JPN
13 Enrique Romero 20 Spain ESP
14 Thomas Böhm 18 Austria AUT
15 Kenji Watanabe 15 Japan JPN
16 Manuel Gutiérrez 19 Panama PAN
17 Peter Evans 22 Australia AUS QC
18 Raffaele Avagnano 20 Italy ITA
19 Gerald Mörken 24 West Germany FRG
20 Eduardo Morillo 22 Mexico MEX
21 Christophe Deneuville 17 France FRA
22 Peter Lang 26 West Germany FRG
23 Eyal Shtigman 21 Israel ISR
24 Jan-Erick Olsen 18 Norway NOR
25 Francisco Guanco 19 Philippines PHI
26 Jin Fu 19 China CHN
27 Martti Järventaus 23 Finland FIN
28 Brett Austin 25 New Zealand NZL
29 Andrés Aguilar 23 Costa Rica CRC
30 Gerhard Prohaska 26 Austria AUT
31 Jorge Henão 22 Venezuela VEN
32 Paul Newallo 21 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
33 Oscar Ortigosa 18 Peru PER
34 Julio César Falón 19 Argentina ARG
35 Jairulla Jaitulla 30 Philippines PHI
36 Victor Ruberry 24 Bermuda BER
37 Tryggvi Helgason 21 Iceland ISL
38 Watt Kam Sing 17 Hong Kong HKG
39 Ayman Nadim 20 Egypt EGY
40 Fernando Marroquin 16 Guatemala GUA
41 Ahmad Al-Hahdoud Kuwait KUW
42 David Palma Honduras HON
43 Brian Farlow 19 United States Virgin Islands ISV
44 Harrell Woolard 20 United States Virgin Islands ISV
AC r1/2 Luiz Carvalho 22 Brazil BRA DQ
AC r1/2 Árni Sigurðsson 19 Iceland ISL DQ
AC r1/2 Felix Morf 22 Switzerland SUI DQ