Swimming at the 1912 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre backstroke

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Men's 100 metre backstroke
at the Games of the V Olympiad
Venue Djurgårdsbrunnsviken
Dates July 9–13
Competitors 18 from 7 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    Germany
Bronze medal    Germany
«1908 1920»
Swimming at the
1912 Summer Olympics
Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
Freestyle
100 m   men   women
400 m men
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men
Breaststroke
200 m men
400 m men
Freestyle relay
4×100 m women
4×200 m men

The men's 100 metre backstroke was a swimming event held as part of the swimming at the 1912 Summer Olympics programme. It was the second appearance of the event, which had been introduced in 1908. In 1904 a 100 yard event was held. The competition was held from Tuesday July 9, 1912 to Saturday July 13, 1912.

Eighteen swimmers from seven nations competed.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1912 Summer Olympics.

World Record 1:15.6 Germany Otto Fahr Magdeburg (GER) April 29, 1912
Olympic Record 1:24.6 Germany Arno Bieberstein London (GBR) July 17, 1908

The Olympic record fell during the very first heat. Harry Hebner's 1:21.0 in the first heat stood until Hebner raced again. In the first semifinal, he bettered his own new record with a 1:20.8. He was unable to match that pace in the final, but still took the win with a finish that was over 1 second faster than the second-place swimmer.

Results[edit]

Quarterfinals[edit]

The top two in each heat advanced along with the fastest loser overall.

Quarterfinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Harry Hebner (USA) 1:21.0 QS OR
2  Otto Groß (GER) 1:24.0 QS
3  Åke Bergman (SWE) 1:33.8
 Oscar Schiele (GER) DQ

Quarterfinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Otto Fahr (GER) 1:22.0 QS
2  George Webster (GBR) 1:29.4 QS
3  Hugo Lundevall (SWE) 1:46.8
 János Wenk (HUN) DQ

Quarterfinal 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  András Baronyi (HUN) 1:22.0 QS
2  Paul Kellner (GER) 1:26.0 QS
3  Harry Svendsen (NOR) 1:47.2
 Oscar Grégoire (BEL) DQ

Quarterfinal 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Herbert Haresnape (GBR) 1:27.0 QS
2  Erich Schultze (GER) 1:27.2 QS
3  Gunnar Sundman (SWE) 1:31.2 qs
4  John Johnsen (NOR) 1:34.2

Quarterfinal 5

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  László Szentgróthy (HUN) 1:26.6 QS
2  Frank Sandon (GBR) 1:31.8 QS

Semifinals[edit]

The top two from each heat and the faster of the two third place swimmers advanced.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Harry Hebner (USA) 1:20.8 QF OR
2  Otto Fahr (GER) 1:21.8 QF
3  András Baronyi (HUN) 1:26.2 qf
4  László Szentgróthy (HUN) 1:26.4
5  Erich Schultze (GER)
6  George Webster (GBR)

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Otto Groß (GER) 1:26.0 QF
2  Paul Kellner (GER) 1:26.2 QF
3  Herbert Haresnape (GBR) 1:26.8
4  Frank Sandon (GBR) 1:32.2
 Gunnar Sundman (SWE) 1:35.0

Final[edit]

Place Swimmer Time
1  Harry Hebner (USA) 1:21.2
2  Otto Fahr (GER) 1:22.4
3  Paul Kellner (GER) 1:24.0
4  András Baronyi (HUN) 1:25.2
5  Otto Groß (GER) 1:25.8

References[edit]

  • Bergvall, Erik (ed.) (1913). Adams-Ray, Edward (trans.)., ed. The Official Report of the Olympic Games of Stockholm 1912. Stockholm: Wahlström & Widstrand. 
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Retrieved 29 January 2007.