Host City: MontrÃ©al, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Pool, MontrÃ©al, QuÃ©bec
Date Started: July 19, 1976
Date Finished: July 19, 1976
The world record had not moved since [Mark Spitz] set it to win this race in Munich. But the MontrÃ©al final would see six swimmers better Spitzâs mark, and a seventh equal it. [Bruce Furniss] led out the final with a first 50 split of 26.43, just ahead of [John Naber] who, only Â½-hour before, had won gold in the 100 backstroke final. Naber took over the lead, though narrowly, at 100 and 150 metres, but Furniss came back strongly to win gold in 1:50.29, Naber finishing in 1:50.50. Just behind him was the third American, as [Jim Montgomery] completed the United Statesâ sweep. Furnissâs brother, [Steve Furniss], had won a bronze medal in 1972 in the 200 individual medley. John Naber would eventually four gold medals in MontrÃ©al, in addition to his silver in this race.