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Men's 200 metres Freestyle

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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: FRG Michael Groß
Silver: USA Mike Heath
Bronze: FRG Thomas Fahrner

Summary

Michael Groß had been European Swimmer of the Year in 1982-83, and would win that as well in 1984-86, and was the 1982 World Champion in this event. He also held the world record, setting that twice in 1983, and better it again in June 1984 with 1:47.55 in Munich. At 202 cm (6-7½), with a huge wingspan, he was dubbed “The Albatross” and was expected to win this event easily. He led the preliminary round with 1:48.03, but slowed dramatically in the final 100, and some wondered if perhaps he was not at his strongest. But that had simply been Groß saving himself for the final. American Mike Heath was close at 50 metres but that was it. Groß pulled away on each lap to win in 1:47.44, a new world record, and well ahead of Heath in second, with Groß’s teammate Thomas Fahrner taking bronze, despite a fast finish that almost caught Heath.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Michael Groß 20 West Germany FRG Gold WR
2 Mike Heath 20 United States USA Silver
3 Thomas Fahrner 21 West Germany FRG Bronze
4 Jeff Float 24 United States USA
5 Alberto Mestre 19 Venezuela VEN
6 Frank Drost 21 Netherlands NED
7 Marco Dell'Uomo 22 Italy ITA
8 Peter Dale 20 Australia AUS
9 Paul Easter 21 Great Britain GBR
10 Juan Carlos Vallejo 21 Spain ESP
11 Hans Kroes 19 Netherlands NED
12 Anders Holmertz 15 Sweden SWE
13 Carlos Scanavino 20 Uruguay URU
14 Peter Szmidt 22 Canada CAN
15 Andrew Astbury 23 Great Britain GBR
16 Thomas Lejdström 22 Sweden SWE
17 Alex Baumann 20 Canada CAN QC
18 Justin Lemberg 17 Australia AUS
19 Borut Petrič 23 Yugoslavia YUG
20 Jorge Luiz Leite 22 Brazil BRA
21 Cyro Delgado 23 Brazil BRA
22 Paolo Revelli 25 Italy ITA
23 Franz Mortensen 20 Denmark DEN
24 Anthony Mosse 19 New Zealand NZL
25 Stéfan Voléry 22 Switzerland SUI
26 Hiroshi Sakamoto 24 Japan JPN
27 Michael Miao 21 Chinese Taipei TPE
28 Javier Miralpeix 17 Spain ESP
29 Jean-Marie François 21 Venezuela VEN
30 Darjan Petrič 19 Yugoslavia YUG
31 César Sánchez 22 Mexico MEX
32 Gökhan Attaroğlu 19 Turkey TUR
33 Shigeo Ogata 15 Japan JPN
34 Shen Jianqiang 18 China CHN
35 Mike Davidson 21 New Zealand NZL
36 Thierry Jacot 22 Switzerland SUI
37 Fernando Cañales 24 Puerto Rico PUR
38 Evert Kroon 17 Netherlands Antilles AHO
39 William Wilson 19 Philippines PHI
40 Sean Nottage 19 Bahamas BAH
41 Scott Newkirk 23 United States Virgin Islands ISV
42 Carlos Romo 17 Mexico MEX
43 Fabián Ferrari 19 Argentina ARG
44 Mohamed Youssef 21 Egypt EGY
45 Erik Rosskopf 19 United States Virgin Islands ISV
46 Samuela Tupou 29 Fiji FIJ
47 Ingi Jónsson 21 Iceland ISL
48 Tsang Yi Ming 18 Hong Kong HKG
49 Ng Wing Hon 17 Hong Kong HKG
50 Roberto Granados 15 Guatemala GUA
51 Rodrigo Leal 17 Guatemala GUA
52 Juan José Piro Honduras HON
53 Trevor Ncala 19 Swaziland SWZ
54 Michele Piva 18 San Marino SMR
55 Percy Sayegh 19 Lebanon LIB
56 Rami Kantari 21 Lebanon LIB