Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyogijo, Shibuya, Tokyo
Date Started: October 11, 1964
Date Finished: October 12, 1964
The world record holder was [John Devitt], the 1960 gold medalist, but he had retired by 1964. The favorites were American [Don Schollander], whose best distance was 200 metres, not on the 1964 Olympic Program, and the wonderfully Scottish-named [Bobby McGregor]. The final was led out by [Mike Austin] of the United States, who hit the far wall first. But Schollander closed by 60 metres and had a comfortable lead at 70 metres. Then McGregor came on fast, but could not quite catch Schollander, settling for the silver medal.
The bronze medal battle was very close between [Hans-Joachim Klein] of Germany and Americaâs [Gary Ilman]. They tied on official time at 54.0, and the unofficial electric timer also had them tied to the 1/100th of a second. But using the electric timer, Klein was faster by 1/1000th of a second, and the officials decided that was good enough to award him the bronze medal.