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Swimming at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Swimming Stadium, Roma
Date Started: August 30, 1960
Date Finished: August 31, 1960

Gold: AUS David Theile
Silver: USA Frank McKinney
Bronze: USA Bob Bennett


At Melbourne in 1956 Australians [David Theile] and [John Monckton] had gone 1-2. They had also set the last two world records coming into Rome, with Monckton holding the current mark of 1:01.5. Theile had taken off 1957-58 while he was in medical school, but he recovered well from that lack of training. In the Rome final he won somewhat comfortably, with two Americans, [Frank McKinney] and [Bob Bennett], placing second and third respectively. Monckton was even with Theile on the outward lap, but misjudged the wall and hit his head, eventually placing seventh.

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