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Swimming at the 1976 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre freestyle

The men's 100 metre freestyle event at the 1976 Olympic Games took place between July 24 and 25.[1] This swimming event used freestyle swimming, which means that the method of the stroke is not regulated (unlike backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly events). Nearly all swimmers use the front crawl or a variant of that stroke. Because an Olympic size swimming pool is 50 metres long, this race consisted of two lengths of the pool.

Men's 100 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXI Olympiad
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Jim Montgomery  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jack Babashoff  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Peter Nocke  West Germany
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This was the first time in history that the 100m freestyle was swum under 50 seconds.

MedalistsEdit

RecordsEdit

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record   Jim Montgomery (USA) 50.59 Kansas City, United States 23 August 1975
Olympic record   Mark Spitz (USA) 51.22 Munich, West Germany 3 September 1972

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Andrey Bogdanov   Soviet Union 53.23 q
2 Stefan Georgiev   Bulgaria 53.85
3 Roger Pyttel   East Germany 53.93
4 Dirk Braunleder   West Germany 54.04
5 Jorge Comas   Spain 54.05
6 Mark Crocker   Hong Kong 54.14
7 Kozo Higuchi   Japan 54.67

Key: Q = Qualified, q = Qualified for Swim-Off, WR = World record

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Marcello Guarducci   Italy 51.57 Q
2 Steve Pickell   Canada 52.65 Q
3 Martin Smith   Great Britain 53.17 Q
4 René Écuyer   France 53.20 Q
5 Ramón Volcan   Venezuela 53.53
6 Helmut Levy   Colombia 54.60
7 Kris Sumono   Indonesia 55.50

Key: Q = Qualified, q = Qualified for Swim-Off, WR = World record

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Klaus Steinbach   West Germany 51.47 Q
2 Jack Babashoff   United States 51.53 Q
3 Jorge Delgado, Jr.   Ecuador 53.91
4 Neil Rogers   Australia 53.96
5 Paul Jouanneau   Brazil 54.49
6 Campari Knoepffler   Nicaragua 58.48

Key: Q = Qualified, q = Qualified for Swim-Off, WR = World record

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Vladimir Bure   Soviet Union 51.81 Q
2 Andrey Krylov   Soviet Union 52.02 Q
3 Gary MacDonald   Canada 52.91 Q
4 Svante Rasmuson   Sweden 53.20 Q
5 Glenn Patching   Australia 53.29
6 Gerardo Rosario   Philippines 56.00

Key: Q = Qualified, q = Qualified for Swim-Off, WR = World record

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Joe Bottom   United States 51.47 Q
2 Peter Nocke   West Germany 51.59 Q
3 Bruce Robertson   Canada 53.37
4 Peter Coughlan   Australia 53.49
5 Dan Larsson   Sweden 53.81
6 Gianni Versari   Panama 54.11
7 Steven Newkirk   Virgin Islands 55.43

Key: Q = Qualified, q = Qualified for Swim-Off, WR = World record

Heat 6

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Jim Montgomery   United States 52.13 Q
2 Michel Rousseau   France 52.43 Q
3 Roberto Pangaro   Italy 53.05 Q
4 Kevin Burns   Great Britain 53.23 q
5 Fritz Warncke   Norway 53.55
6 Fernando Cañales   Puerto Rico 55.31
7 José Pereira   Portugal 55.46
8 Sigurður Ólafsson   Iceland 56.01

Key: Q = Qualified, q = Qualified for Swim-Off, WR = World record

Swim-Off for 16th Place

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Andrey Bogdanov   Soviet Union 52.82 Q
2 Kevin Burns   Great Britain 53.11

Key: Q = Qualified, q = Qualified for Swim-Off, WR = World record

SemifinalsEdit

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Jim Montgomery   United States 50.39 Q, WR
2 Marcello Guarducci   Italy 51.35 Q
3 Klaus Steinbach   West Germany 51.62 Q
4 Vladimir Bure   Soviet Union 51.93 Q
5 Roberto Pangaro   Italy 52.68
6 Stephen Pickell   Canada 52.89
7 René Ecuyer   France 52.92
8 Andrei Bogdanov   Soviet Union 53.05

Key: Q = Qualified, WR = Olympic record

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Jack Babashoff   United States 51.46 Q
2 Peter Nocke   West Germany 51.83 Q
3 Joe Bottom   United States 51.92 Q
4 Andrey Krylov   Soviet Union 52.32 Q
5 Michel Rousseau   France 52.36
6 Gary MacDonald   Canada 52.96
7 Martin Smith   Great Britain 53.11
8 Svante Rasmussen   Sweden 53.34

Key: Q = Qualified

FinalEdit

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
  Jim Montgomery   United States 49.99 WR
  Jack Babashoff   United States 50.81
  Peter Nocke   West Germany 51.31
4 Klaus Steinbach   West Germany 51.68
5 Marcello Guarducci   Italy 51.70
6 Joe Bottom   United States 51.79
7 Vladimir Bure   Soviet Union 52.03
8 Andrey Krylov   Soviet Union 52.15

Key: WR = World record

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1976 Montreal Summer Games: Men's 100 metres Freestyle". Sports Reference. Retrieved 3 December 2016.