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Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Butterfly

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Francisco Márquez Olympic Swimming Pool, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 20, 1968
Date Finished: October 21, 1968

Gold: USA Doug Russell
Silver: USA Mark Spitz
Bronze: USA Ross Wales


This was a new Olympic event but the favorite was well known – [Mark Spitz], who was the world record holder. Spitz came to Mexico City attempting to win gold medals in six events. He disappointed, winning two gold medals in relays, and one silver and one bronze in individual events. Better things would be ahead for him in Munich four years hence. His biggest challenger in this event was his teammate [Doug Russell], but Russell had never defeated Spitz at the distance. Normally a fast starter, he was invariably passed by Spitz on the home lap. In Mexico City, however, Russell went out slowly as Spitz led the final to the turn in 26.1. On the final lap, Russell pulled ahead and won the gold medal with Spitz second, winning his individual silver, and [Ross Wales] completing the American sweep. Spitz would return in 1972 and win this event in world record time, along with most everything else.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Doug Russell 22 United States USA Gold OR
2 Mark Spitz 18 United States USA Silver
3 Ross Wales 20 United States USA Bronze
4 Vladimir Nemshilov 19 Soviet Union URS
5 Satoshi Maruya 21 Japan JPN
6 Yury Suzdaltsev 22 Soviet Union URS
7 Lutz Stoklasa 18 West Germany FRG
8 Robert Cusack 17 Australia AUS
3 h1 r2/3 Joseph Jackson 22 Great Britain GBR
3 h2 r2/3 Martyn Woodroffe 18 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r2/3 Avraham Melamed 24 Israel ISR
4 h2 r2/3 Tom Arusoo 20 Canada CAN
5 h1 r2/3 Werner Freitag 22 West Germany FRG
5 h2 r2/3 Ingvar Eriksson 24 Sweden SWE
5 h3 r2/3 Yasuo Takada 18 Japan JPN
6 h1 r2/3 Bo Westergren 18 Sweden SWE
6 h2 r2/3 Antonio Attanasio 18 Italy ITA
6 h3 r2/3 Gary Goodner 17 Puerto Rico PUR
7 h1 r2/3 José Ferraioli 20 Puerto Rico PUR
7 h2 r2/3 Ron Jacks 20 Canada CAN
7 h3 r2/3 Angelo Tozzi 19 Italy ITA
8 h1 r2/3 John Thurley 20 Great Britain GBR
1 h7 r1/3 Luis Nicolao 24 Argentina ARG
3 h7 r1/3 Arturo Lang-Lenton 19 Spain ESP
4 h2 r1/3 Sergey Konov 20 Soviet Union URS
4 h3 r1/3 Horst-Günter Gregor 30 East Germany GDR
4 h4 r1/3 Graham Dunn 18 Australia AUS
4 h6 r1/3 Mario Santibáñez 18 Mexico MEX
4 h7 r1/3 Eduardo Orejuela 16 Ecuador ECU
5 h1 r1/3 Ayis Capéronis 18 Switzerland SUI
5 h2 r1/3 João Lima Neto 21 Brazil BRA
5 h3 r1/3 István Szentirmay 19 Hungary HUN
5 h4 r1/3 Donnacha O'Dea 20 Ireland IRL
5 h6 r1/3 Peter Feil 21 Sweden SWE
5 h7 r1/3 Giampiero Fossati 24 Italy ITA
6 h1 r1/3 Joseph Meyten 21 Belgium BEL
6 h2 r1/3 Ramiro Benavides 14 Guatemala GUA
6 h3 r1/3 Leroy Goff 22 Philippines PHI
6 h4 r1/3 Gudmunður Gíslason 27 Iceland ISL
6 h5 r1/3 Tomas Becerra 15 Colombia COL
6 h6 r1/3 Maximiliano Aguilar 18 Mexico MEX
6 h7 r1/3 Lee Tong-Shing 20 Chinese Taipei TPE
7 h1 r1/3 Andrew Loh 19 Hong Kong HKG
7 h3 r1/3 Salvador Vilanova 15 El Salvador ESA
7 h4 r1/3 Friedrich Jokisch 15 El Salvador ESA
7 h5 r1/3 Bob Loh 22 Hong Kong HKG
7 h6 r1/3 Rubén Guerrero 13 El Salvador ESA