Swimming at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre breaststroke
The men's 200 metre breaststroke event at the 1956 Olympic Games took place between November 30 and December 6. This swimming event used the breaststroke. Because an Olympic-size swimming pool is 50 metres long, this race consisted of four lengths of the pool.
Three heats were held; the swimmers with the fastest eight times advanced to the Finals. The athletes that advanced are highlighted.
|3||Farid Dosayev||Soviet Union||2:43.9|
|1||Igor Zaseda||Soviet Union||2:40.1|
|2||Kharis Yunichev||Soviet Union||2:41.2|
|5||Christopher Walkden||Great Britain||2:47.1|
|6||Robert Hughes||United States||2:52.2|
|Kharis Yunichev||Soviet Union||2:36.8|
|5||Igor Zaseda||Soviet Union||2:39.0|
A loophole in the rules allowed swimmers to swim below the surface of the water, which was quicker and more efficient, with Furukawa spending 75% of the race underwater. Underwater swimming was banned in early 1957.
Key: DSQ = Disqualified
- "Swimming at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games: Men's 200 metres Breaststroke". Sports Reference. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
- Wallechinsky, David (1984). The Complete Book of the Olympics. England: Penguin Books. p. 407. ISBN 0140066322.