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Swimming at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Backstroke

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyogijo, Shibuya, Tokyo
Date Started: October 11, 1964
Date Finished: October 13, 1964

Gold: USA Jed Graef
Silver: USA Gary Dilley
Bronze: USA Bob Bennett


The defending Olympic champion in this event was [Ernst Hoppenberg] of Germany, who had won in 1900, the last time the 200 backstroke was contested at the Olympics. Hoppenburg did not compete in Tokyo, having died in 1937. In 1964 the 200 replaced the 100 backstroke that was usually on the Olympic Program. The last four world records at 200 back had been set by American Tom Stock but he did not make the US team for Tokyo. It mattered little to the Americans as they swept the medals, led by [Jed Graef] who swam 2:10.3 to better Stock’s world mark, with [Gary Dilley] close behind in second. The bronze medal position came down to [Bob Bennett] against [Shigeo Fukushima], with the Japanese closing fast, but Bennett hung on to complete the sweep for the USA.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jed Graef 22 United States USA Gold WR
2 Gary Dilley 19 United States USA Silver
3 Bob Bennett 21 United States USA Bronze
4 Shigeo Fukushima 21 Japan JPN
5 Ernst-Joachim Küppers 22 Germany GER
6 Viktor Mazanov 17 Soviet Union URS
7 Ralph Hutton 16 Canada CAN
8 Peter Reynolds 16 Australia AUS
5 h1 r2/3 Isagi Osumi 22 Japan JPN
5 h2 r2/3 Dino Rora 19 Italy ITA
6 h1 r2/3 József Csikány 21 Hungary HUN
6 h2 r2/3 Ezio Della Savia 22 Italy ITA
7 h1 r2/3 Keisuke Ito 20 Japan JPN
7 h2 r2/3 Wolfgang Wagner 26 Germany GER
8 h1 r2/3 Henri van Osch 19 Netherlands NED
8 h2 r2/3 Carlos van der Maath 18 Argentina ARG
3 h2 r1/3 Jürgen Dietze 22 Germany GER
3 h4 r1/3 Ivan Ferák 22 Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h2 r1/3 Jan Weeteling 24 Netherlands NED
4 h3 r1/3 Jesús Cabrera 18 Spain ESP
4 h4 r1/3 Friedrich Suda 25 Austria AUT
5 h1 r1/3 Lars Kraus Jensen 20 Denmark DEN
5 h2 r1/3 John Byrom 17 Australia AUS
5 h3 r1/3 Pedro Diz 20 Argentina ARG
5 h4 r1/3 Ron Jacks 16 Canada CAN
6 h1 r1/3 Herman Verbauwen 20 Belgium BEL
6 h2 r1/3 Ákos Gulyás 22 Hungary HUN
6 h3 r1/3 Gerhard Wieland 20 Austria AUT
6 h4 r1/3 Geoff Thwaites 17 Great Britain GBR
6 h5 r1/3 Robert Christophe 26 France FRA
7 h1 r1/3 Michael Eu 18 Malaysia MAS
7 h2 r1/3 Elliot Chenaux 17 Puerto Rico PUR
7 h3 r1/3 Augusto Ferrero 20 Peru PER
7 h4 r1/3 Chan Kam Hong 18 Hong Kong HKG