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Swimming at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

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Events:

Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Olympic Swim Stadium, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 2, 1984
Date Finished: August 2, 1984

Gold: CAN Victor Davis
Silver: AUS Glenn Beringen
Bronze: SUI Ã‰tienne Dagon

Summary

Canadian [Victor Davis] had been world's best in this event since 1982, when he won the World Championships in Ecuador in world record time. He bettered that mark at the 1984 Canadian Olympic Trials in Etobicoke, Ontario. The final was a coronation for him, and was ¼-second ahead at 50 metres, increasing the lead on every lap. He finished in 2:13.34, over one second ahead of his world record, and almost 2½ seconds ahead of silver medalist [Glenn Beringen] of Australia. The bronze went to Swiss swimmer [Étienne Dagon] as the US men swimmers were shut out of the medals for one of only three events on the Los Angeles swimming program (also the 200 fly and 400 IM).

In November 1989 Davis was killed when struck by a car outside a Montréal bar. His ashes were placed in quart of water from lane five of the Olympic pool, where he had won his gold medal, and they were then cast into the sea.

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