Host City: Ciudad de MÃ©xico, Mexico
Venue(s): Francisco MÃ¡rquez Olympic Swimming Pool, Ciudad de MÃ©xico
Date Started: October 18, 1968
Date Finished: October 19, 1968
This was a new Olympic event and was considered wide open, with no clear favorite. The Soviets were considered tough in the breaststroke and they qualified three swimmers for the final, led by [Nikolay Pankin], the current world record holder. In the final the unheralded [Don McKenzie] of the United States took the early lead but was passed by Pankin and [Vladimir Kosinsky] at 80 metres. But McKenzie pushed through and overtook the two Soviets to win the gold medal in 1:07.7, Kosinsky edging out Pankin for the silver. Three days later Kosinsky would also win silver in the 200 metre breaststroke.