Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Olympic Swim Stadium, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 4, 1984
Date Finished: August 4, 1984
The world record holder in both individual medleys was Canadian [Alex Baumann], who held the 200 IM mark with 2:02.25 set in Brisbane, Australia in October 1982. Five days before this event, he had won gold in the 400 IM in Los Angeles. He seemingly went out slowly in the final, standing only seventh at 50 metres after the butterfly, but he was actually ahead of his world record pace. He continued to improve his pace on the backstroke and breaststroke legs, and took the lead on the third leg over [Pedro Pablo Morales]. When Baumann torched the freestyle leg in 28.14, he had a big world record with 2:01.42 to win the gold medal by 1.63 seconds over Morales, with Britain’s [Neil Cochran] taking bronze.