Swimming at the 1924 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre backstroke

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Men's 100 metre backstroke
at the Games of the VIII Olympiad
Date July 16–18
Competitors 20 from 11 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Hungary
«1920 1928»
Swimming at the
1924 Summer Olympics
Swimming pictogram.svg
Freestyle
100 m men   women
400 m men   women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men   women
Breaststroke
200 m men   women
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 1924 Summer Olympics programme. It was the fourth appearance of the event, which was established in 1908. The competition was held on Wednesday July 16, 1924, on Thursday July 17, 1924, and on Friday July 18, 1924.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1924 Summer Olympics.

World Record 1:12.4 United States Warren Kealoha Honolulu (USA) April 13, 1924
Olympic Record 1:14.8 United States Warren Kealoha Antwerp (BEL) August 22, 1920

In the first heat Warren Kealoha set a new Olympic record with 1:13.4 minutes. In the final he bettered his own record to 1:13.2 minutes.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Wednesday July 16, 1924: The fastest two in each heat and the fastest third-placed from across the heats advanced.

Heat 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Warren Kealoha (USA) 1:13.4 QQ OR
2  Gérard Blitz (BEL) 1:19.0 QQ
3  James Worthington (GBR) 1:23.2 qq
4  Maurice Ducos (FRA) 1:25.0

Heat 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Károly Bartha (HUN) 1:18.0 QQ
2  John McDowall (GBR) 1:21.8 QQ
3  Aart van Wilgenburg (NED) 1:24.6
4  Tsunenobu Ishida (JPN) 1:26.0
5  René Paulus (FRA) 1:28.0
 Henry Luning (USA) DSQ

Heat 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Paul Wyatt (USA) 1:19.4 QQ
2  Émile Zeibig (FRA) 1:22.4 QQ
3  Jean-Pierre Moris (LUX) 1:41.2

Heat 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Austin Rawlinson (GBR) 1:18.8 QQ
2  Giyo Saito (JPN) 1:20.2 QQ
3  Pieter van Senus (NED) 1:24.8

Heat 5

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Sven Thaulow (NOR) 1:24.0 QQ
2  Erik Skoglund (SWE) 1:27.4 QQ
3  Viktor Légat (TCH) 1:27.8
4  Eugène Kuborn (LUX) 1:29.0

Semifinals[edit]

Thursday July 17, 1924: The fastest two in each semi-final and the faster of the two third-placed swimmer advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Warren Kealoha (USA) 1:13.6 QF
2  Paul Wyatt (USA) 1:17.0 QF
3  Károly Bartha (HUN) 1:19.0 qf
4  Giyo Saito (JPN) 1:19.8
5  John McDowall (GBR) 1:22.0
6  Erik Skoglund (SWE) 1:26.6

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Gérard Blitz (BEL) 1:19.0 QF
2  Austin Rawlinson (GBR) 1:19.2 QF
3  Émile Zeibig (FRA) 1:23.4
4  James Worthington (GBR) 1:24.2
5  Sven Thaulow (NOR) 1:24.2

Final[edit]

Friday July 18, 1924:

Place Swimmer Time
1  Warren Kealoha (USA) 1:13.2 OR
2  Paul Wyatt (USA) 1:15.4
3  Károly Bartha (HUN) 1:17.8
4  Gérard Blitz (BEL) 1:19.6
5  Austin Rawlinson (GBR) 1:20.0

References[edit]