This Month In History: When Breaststroke Went Underwater

In the midst of the pioneering moments from the book of swimming Octobers was one on this day in 1955 that served as a warning (on that went unheeded until it was too late) of an Olympic controversy to come: in 2:31.0, Masaru Furukawa, of Japan, set a world record over 200m breaststroke using a tentative technique and a method that would be banned after he used it to his advantage for the 1956 Olympic crown in Melbourne; plus, the list of all world marks set in October

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In the midst of the pioneering moments from the book of swimming Octobers was one on this day in 1955 that served as a warning (on that went unheeded until it was too late) of an Olympic controversy to come: in 2:31.0, Masaru Furukawa, of Japan, set a world record over 200m breaststroke using a tentative technique and a method that would be banned after he used it to his advantage for the 1956 Olympic crown in Melbourne; plus, the list of all world marks set in October

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DanishSwimFan

Knud Gleie of course had previously held the world record for 200 breast until it was broken by Furukawa, and until this summer Knud was the last Dane to set (although not to hold) a long course world record. The 200 breast seems to be a good event for Danes 🙂

Clive Rushton

” … and remains the only man to ever retain a breaststroke crown.” Really?

aswimfan

Clive,

I think CL wrote this article before 2008 Beijing 🙂

Craig Lord

That paragraph is indeed from a reference I wrote in 2006, part of a long-term project that is constantly being updated (thanks for the alert 🙂

mister clive

You’re forgiven 🙂

D. Rigaud

Dear Craig,

You wrote “52.9 American Steve Clark’s lead-off for the US on 14 oct 1964 at the OG in Tokyo, a FIRST SUB-53”.

God, you make me cry, and my French heart is now bleeding !
Where are these forgotten days, in which memories they lies, of European championships at Budapest ?
French freestyler, Alain Gottvallès, ran 52.9 on 11 sept 1964 to take the world record and become the first one Under 53.
Memory’s dead
and goes out our head…

Craig Lord

Merci 🙂 … first by an American … and Alain added to the line (keep your head on … cry not, bleed not, French heart 🙂 … memory is alive… and I think we do much to make sure of that in the realms of swimming

Daniel Le Gall

The time of 58.0 by Matthes was achieved at the start of the medley relay, wasn ´t it ?

Craig Lord

Yes, GDR took silver in 4×100 medley relay behind the USA (not solo 100m 🙂

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