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Swimming at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Swimming Stadium, Roma
Date Started: August 26, 1960
Date Finished: August 30, 1960

Gold: USA Bill Mulliken
Silver: JPN Yoshihiko Osaki
Bronze: NED Wieger Mensonides


The world record in 1960 was held by Australia’s [Terry Gathercole] who had placed fourth at the Melbourne Olympics in this event, and he was back in Rome. But the times were much slower in Rome as underwater breaststroke had been ruled illegal as of 30 April 1957. In the semis, [Bill Mulliken] of the USA set an Olympic record for the new style, recording 2:37.2, far better than his personal best of 2:40.9 coming into Rome. He won the final in 2:37.4, edging out Japan’s [Yoshihiko Osaki] who posted 2:38.0. Gathercole made the final but placed sixth.

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