Swimming at the 1928 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre backstroke

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Swimming at the
1928 Summer Olympics
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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 1928 Summer Olympics programme. It was the fifth appearance of the event, which was established in 1908. The competition was held from Tuesday August 7, 1928 to Thursday August 9, 1928.

Nineteen swimmers from twelve nations competed.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 George Kojac
United States (USA)
 Walter Laufer
United States (USA)
 Paul Wyatt
United States (USA)

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1928 Summer Olympics.

World Record 1:09.0 United States George Kojac Detroit (USA) June 23, 1928
Olympic Record 1:13.2 United States Warren Kealoha Paris (FRA) July 18, 1924

In the first heat George Kojac set a new Olympic record with 1:09.2 minutes. In the final he set a new world record with 1:08.2 minutes.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Tuesday August 7, 1928: The fastest two in each heat and the fastest third-placed from across the heats advanced. As there was a tie for second place in the fifth heat both swimmers advanced instead of a third placed.

Heat 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  George Kojac (USA) 1:09.2 QQ OR
2  Toshio Irie (JPN) 1:13.4 QQ
3  Albert Schumberg (GER) 1:16.6
4  Roland Johansson (SWE) 1:17.4

Heat 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Walter Laufer (USA) 1:12.8 QQ
2  John Besford (GBR) 1:15.0 QQ
3  Aladár Bitskey (HUN) 1:15.6
4  Johann Schulz (GER) 1:17.2

Heat 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Tom Boast (AUS) 1:17.0 QQ
2  Gérard Blitz (BEL) 1:18.8 QQ
3  Len Moorhouse (NZL) 1:20.4

Heat 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Ernst Küppers (GER) 1:14.0 QQ
2  Willie Francis (GBR) 1:16.4 QQ
3  Émile Zeibig (FRA) 1:20.0
4  Eugène Kuborn (LUX)

Heat 5

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Paul Wyatt (USA) 1:14.0 QQ
2  Eskil Lundahl (SWE) 1:14.4 QQ
 Munroe Bourne (CAN) 1:14.4
4  Shourai Kimura (JPN)

Semifinals[edit]

Wednesday August 8, 1928: The fastest three in each semi-final advanced.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  George Kojac (USA) 1:10.0 QF
2  Toshio Irie (JPN) 1:14.0 QF
3  John Besford (GBR) 1:14.8 QF
4  Munroe Bourne (CAN)
5  Eskil Lundahl (SWE)
6  Willie Francis (GBR)

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Walter Laufer (USA) 1:12.6 QF
2  Paul Wyatt (USA) 1:14.2 QF
 Ernst Küppers (GER) 1:14.2 QF
4  Tom Boast (AUS)
 Gérard Blitz (BEL) DNS

Final[edit]

Thursday August 9, 1928:

Place Swimmer Time
1  George Kojac (USA) 1:08.2 WR
2  Walter Laufer (USA) 1:10.0
3  Paul Wyatt (USA) 1:12.0
4  Toshio Irie (JPN) 1:13.6
5  Ernst Küppers (GER) 1:13.8
6  John Besford (GBR) 1:15.4

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