Swimming events at the
1972 Summer Olympics
Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
100 m men women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m women
1500 m men
100 m men women
200 m men women
100 m men women
200 m men women
100 m men women
200 m men women
Individual medley
200 m men women
400 m men women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m men women
4×200 m men
Medley relay
4×100 m men women

The men's 4×100 metre medley relay event at the 1972 Olympic Games took place on September 4. This swimming event uses medley swimming as a relay. Because an Olympic size swimming pool is 50 metres long, each of the four swimmers completed two lengths of the pool, each using a different stroke. The first on each team used the backstroke, the second used the breaststroke, the third used the butterfly stroke, and the final swimmer used freestyle (restricted to not allow any of the first three strokes to be used, though nearly all swimmers use front crawl regardless).

The first swimmer must touch the wall before the next can leave the starting block, and so forth; timing of the starts is thus important.


Gold Silver Bronze
United States
Mike Stamm
Tom Bruce
Mark Spitz
Jerry Heidenreich
East Germany
Roland Matthes
Klaus Katzur
Hartmut Flöckner
Lutz Unger
Erik Fish
William Mahony
Bruce Robertson
Robert Kasting



Heat 1

Heat 2

Heat 3



  • 1972 Summer Olympics results: Men's 4 x 100 metre medley relay, from http://www.sports-reference.com/ retrieved 2009-12-09.