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Swimming at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

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Events:

Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Pool, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 24, 1976
Date Finished: July 24, 1976

Gold: GBR David Wilkie
Silver: USA John Hencken
Bronze: USA Rick Colella

Summary

[David Wilkie] of Great Britain was the slight favorite in this event, but a close contest was expected with his great rival, American [John Hencken]. Wilkie was World Champion in the 200 breast in 1973 and 1975, but four days earlier, Hencken had won the 100 breaststroke, Wilkie placing second. So far in Montréal, American men had won every gold medal when the final of this event started, and there the streak would end. Hencken swam wonderfully, almost a full second ahead of his world record, finishing in 2:17.26. He led through 100 metres, but Wilkie went ahead by the third lap, and shattered the world record with 2:15.11, over two seconds ahead of his rival. The mark would last as the world record for over six years. The Olympic gold medal was the first by a British male since 1908.

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