Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Swimming Stadium, Roma
Date Started: August 26, 1960
Date Finished: August 30, 1960
The world record in 1960 was held by Australiaâs [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 Japanâs [Yoshihiko Osaki] who posted 2:38.0. Gathercole made the final but placed sixth.