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Swimming at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Pool, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 19, 1976
Date Finished: July 19, 1976

Gold: USA Bruce Furniss
Silver: USA John Naber
Bronze: USA Jim Montgomery

Summary

The world record had not moved since [Mark Spitz] set it to win this race in Munich. But the Montréal final would see six swimmers better Spitz’s 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 ½-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 States’ sweep. Furniss’s brother, [Steve Furniss], had won a bronze medal in 1972 in the 200 individual medley. John Naber would eventually four gold medals in Montréal, in addition to his silver in this race.

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