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Men's 200 metres Butterfly

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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 3, 1984
Date Finished: August 3, 1984

Gold: AUS Jon Sieben
Silver: FRG Michael Groß
Bronze: VEN Rafael Vidal

Summary

West German Michael Groß was the clear favorite. He had won the event at the 1982 World Championships, and had set the world record to win the 1983 European Championships, with 1:57.05. By contrast, Jon Sieben had a best time of 2:01.17 coming into the Olympics, which he had done at the Australian Trials in February, and was a long shot to even make the final. When this event started, Groß had already won the 100 fly and the 200 freestyle, and the only question mark seemed to be who would win the other medals, with [Pedro Pablo Morales] (USA) and Venezuela’s Rafael Vidal seemingly being the main challengers. But Sieben surprised in qualifying with 1:59.63 to move on to the final.\n\nThe final started as expected as Groß went out fast, trailed early by Vidal. Morales made his move at 100 metres. Sieben was out in lane six, unwatched by the crowd and the other swimmers, but by the final turn he had moved to Vidal’s shoulder, who was in lane five. In the last 25 metres it was very close, with all four swimmers coming to the wall almost together and no one was certain who had won. In one of the biggest upsets in Olympic swimming history, it was Jon Sieben, who said later, “I only knew I’d won when I turned around and saw on the board.” Sieben finished in a world record 1:57.04, 1/100th of a second ahead of Groß’s mark, with Groß in second, Vidal and third, and Morales pushed off the podium despite swimming 1:57.75.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jon Sieben 17 Australia AUS Gold WR
2 Michael Groß 20 West Germany FRG Silver
3 Rafael Vidal 20 Venezuela VEN Bronze
4 Pablo Morales 19 United States USA
5 Anthony Mosse 19 New Zealand NZL
6 Tom Ponting 19 Canada CAN
7 Peter Ward 21 Canada CAN
8 Pat Kennedy 20 United States USA
9 Taihei Saka 20 Japan JPN
10 Frank Drost 21 Netherlands NED
11 Nick Hodgson 19 Great Britain GBR
12 Filiberto Colon 18 Puerto Rico PUR
13 Gérard de Kort 20 Netherlands NED
14 Paolo Revelli 25 Italy ITA
15 Harri Garmendia 18 Spain ESP
16 Philip Hubble 24 Great Britain GBR
17 Ricardo Prado 19 Brazil BRA QC
18 Kristofer Stivenson 19 Greece GRE
19 Shudo Kawawa 18 Japan JPN
20 Théophile David 20 Switzerland SUI
21 Thomas Lejdström 22 Sweden SWE
22 Yoram Kochavy 21 Israel ISR
23 João Santos 20 Portugal POR
24 Alberto José Umaña 18 Venezuela VEN
25 Andreas Behrend 20 West Germany FRG
26 Søren Østberg 22 Denmark DEN
27 İhsan Sabri Özün 21 Turkey TUR
28 Bang Jun-Yeong 18 South Korea KOR
29 Tsang Yi Ming 18 Hong Kong HKG
30 Andrés Aguilar 23 Costa Rica CRC
31 Mohamed Youssef 21 Egypt EGY
32 Harry Wozniak 20 Barbados BAR
33 Roberto Granados 15 Guatemala GUA
34 Juan José Piro Honduras HON
35 Juan Miranda 16 El Salvador ESA