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Swimming at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Olympic Swim Stadium, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 3, 1984
Date Finished: August 3, 1984

Gold: USA Rick Carey
Silver: USA Dave Wilson
Bronze: CAN Mike West


At the 1982 World Championships [Dirk Richter] (GDR) had won in a close battle over American [Rick Carey], but in 1983 Carey moved well ahead in this event, setting three world records. In Richter’s absence, Carey was heavily favored in Los Angeles. He came through, winning in 55.79 although it off his world record time of 55.19. Carey had already won the 200 back in LA, and had pouted on the victory podium, upset with his winning time. It earned him boos from the crowd and the media did not portray him kindly, calling him a sore winner. This time he smiled and acted more appreciative of the gold. Behind him [Dave Wilson] of the US won silver and [Mike West] of Canada took bronze.

The fourth spot went to New Zealand’s [Gary Hurring] who was hoping to become New Zealand’s first Olympic swimming medalist since his mother, [Jean Stewart], won a bronze in the 100 back for women in 1952. From a line of backstroke swimmers, Hurring’s father, [Lincoln], also swam the 100 back at the 1952 (and 1956) Olympics. A few weeks after the Olympics, Dirk Richter won the Friendship Games 100 back in 55.67.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Rick Carey 21 United States USA Gold
2 Dave Wilson 23 United States USA Silver
3 Mike West 19 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Gary Hurring 22 New Zealand NZL
5 Mark Kerry 24 Australia AUS
6 Bengt Baron 22 Sweden SWE
7 Sandy Goss 17 Canada CAN
8 Hans Kroes 19 Netherlands NED
9 David Orbell 21 Australia AUS
10 Paul Kingsman 17 New Zealand NZL
11T Stefan Peter 19 West Germany FRG
11T Daichi Suzuki 17 Japan JPN
13T Ricardo Aldabe 19 Spain ESP
13T Hans Fredin 18 Sweden SWE
15 Nicolai Klapkarek 19 West Germany FRG
AC r2/2 Frédéric Delcourt 20 France FRA DQ
17 Neil Harper 19 Great Britain GBR
18 Paolo Falchini 20 Italy ITA
19 Ilias Malamas 17 Greece GRE
20 Kristofer Stivenson 19 Greece GRE
21 Luki Niode 20 Indonesia INA
22 Patrick Ferland 18 Switzerland SUI
23 Wang Hao 21 China CHN
24 Fabrizio Bortolon 19 Italy ITA
25 Giovanni Frigo 20 Venezuela VEN
26 Sharif Nour 20 Egypt EGY
27 Allan Marsh 21 Jamaica JAM
28 Ian Collins 21 Great Britain GBR
29 David Lim 17 Singapore SIN
30 Li Zhongyi 21 China CHN
31 Dave Morley 18 Bahamas BAH
32 Ernesto Vela 15 Mexico MEX
33 Emad El-Shafei 28 Egypt EGY
34 Fernando Rodríguez 21 Peru PER
35 Alejandro Alvizuri 16 Peru PER
36 Hugo Goossen Suriname SUR
37 Erik Rosskopf 19 United States Virgin Islands ISV
38 Salvador Salguero 16 El Salvador ESA
39 Ernesto José Degenhart 18 Guatemala GUA
40 Warren Sorby 18 Fiji FIJ
41 Collier Woolard 15 United States Virgin Islands ISV
42 Pedro Cruz 17 Mozambique MOZ
43 David Palma Honduras HON
44 Ibrahim El-Baba Lebanon LIB
AC r1/2 Rami Kantari 21 Lebanon LIB DQ