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

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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 freestyle was a swimming event held as part of the swimming at the 1928 Summer Olympics programme. It was the sixth appearance of the event, which had not been featured only at the 1900 Games. The competition was held on Friday August 10, 1928 and on Saturday August 11, 1928.

Thirty swimmers from 17 nations competed.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 Johnny Weissmuller
United States (USA)
 István Bárány
Hungary (HUN)
 Katsuo Takaishi
Japan (JPN)

Records[edit]

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

World Record 57.4 United States Johnny Weissmuller Miami (USA) February 17, 1924
Olympic Record 59.0 United States Johnny Weissmuller Paris (FRA) July 20, 1924

Johnny Weissmuller improved his own Olympic record in the semi-finals with 58.6 seconds and equalized this time again in the final.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

The fastest two in each heat and the fastest third-placed from across the heats advanced.

Heat 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Walter Laufer (USA) 1:00.8 QQ
2  Katsuo Takaishi (JPN) 1:01.2 QQ
3  August Heitmann (GER) 1:02.2 qq
4  Eskil Lundahl (SWE) 1:03.0
5  Hernán Schüler (CHI)

Heat 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Rezső Wanié (HUN) 1:03.4 QQ
2  Francisco Uranga (ARG) 1:05.6 QQ
3  Gustave Klein (FRA) 1:05.8
4  Horacio Astaburuaga (CHI)
5  Martial van Schelle (BEL)

Heat 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Johnny Weissmuller (USA) 1:00.0 QQ
2  Walter Spence (CAN) 1:00.6 QQ
3  Norman Brooks (GBR) 1:03.4
4  Herbert Heinrich (GER)

Heat 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Antal Gáborfi (HUN) 1:04.0 QQ
2  Antonio Conelli (ITA) 1:07.0 QQ
3  Adán Gordón (PAN) 1:10.8

Heat 5

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Alberto Zorrilla (ARG) 1:01.8 QQ
2  Knut Olsen (NOR) 1:05.0 QQ
3  Sven-Pelle Pettersson (SWE) 1:06.4
4  Faelo Zúñiga (CHI)

Heat 6

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  George Kojac (USA) 1:01.6 QQ
2  Karl Schubert (GER) 1:03.8 QQ
3  Reginald Sutton (GBR) 1:04.0
4  Munroe Bourne (CAN)

Heat 7

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  István Bárány (HUN) 1:01.2 QQ
2  Emilio Polli (ITA) 1:04.0 QQ
3  Henk van Essen (NED) 1:07.4
4  José González (ESP)
5  Władysław Kuncewicz (POL) 1:10.8

Semifinals[edit]

The fastest two in each semi-final and the fastest third-placed from across the semi-finals advanced.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Katsuo Takaishi (JPN) 1:00.0 QF
2  Walter Laufer (USA) 1:00.6 QF
3  Walter Spence (CAN) 1:01.4 qf
4  Antal Gáborfi (HUN) 1:04.8
5  Antonio Conelli (ITA)

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  George Kojac (USA) 1:01.0 QF
2  Alberto Zorrilla (ARG) 1:01.6 QF
3  Rezső Wanié (HUN) 1:03.8
4  Francisco Uranga (ARG)
5  Karl Schubert (GER)

Semifinal 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Johnny Weissmuller (USA) 0:58.6 QF OR
2  István Bárány (HUN) 1:00.8 QF
3  August Heitmann (GER) 1:03.6
4  Knut Olsen (NOR)
5  Emillio Polli (ITA)

Final[edit]

Saturday August 11, 1928:

Place Swimmer Time
1  Johnny Weissmuller (USA) 0:58.6 =OR
2  István Bárány (HUN) 0:59.8
3  Katsuo Takaishi (JPN) 1:00.0
4  George Kojac (USA) 1:00.8
5  Walter Laufer (USA) 1:01.0
6  Walter Spence (CAN) 1:01.4
7  Alberto Zorrilla (ARG) 1:01.6

References[edit]