Swimming at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre freestyle

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Swimming at the
1936 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 1936 Summer Olympics programme. It was the ninth appearance of the event, which had not been featured only at the 1900 Games. The competition was held on Saturday August 8, 1936 and on Sunday August 9, 1936.

Forty-five swimmers from 23 nations competed.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 Lee Chan
United States (USA)
 Masanori Yusa
Japan (JPN)
 Shigeo Arai
Japan (JPN)

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1936 Summer Olympics.

World Record 56.4 United States Peter Fick New Haven (USA) February 11, 1936
Olympic Record 58.0 Japan Yasuji Miyazaki Los Angeles (USA) August 6, 1932

Peter Fick set a new Olympic record in the first heat with 57.6 seconds. In the fifth heat Masaharu Taguchi bettered the Olympic record with 57.5 seconds. Masanori Yusa equalized this record in the second semi-final with 57.5 seconds.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Saturday August 8, 1936: The fastest two in each heat and the next two fastest from across the heats advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Peter Fick (USA) 57.6 QQ OR
2  Ferenc Csik (HUN) 58.3 QQ
3  Romund Gabrielsen (GBR) 1:02.2
4  Bob Hamerton (CAN) 1:02.1
5  Paulo Tarrto (BRA) 1:02.6
6  Mahmoud Kadri (EGY) 1:03.8
7  Arturo Álvarez (PER) 1:04.9
8  Charlie Chan (ROC) 1:06.5

Heat 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Masanori Yusa (JPN) 57.8 QQ
2  Arthur Highland (USA) 59.9 QQ
3  William Kendall (AUS) 1:01.0 qq
4  Egon Roolaid (EST) 1:01.5
5  René Cavalero (FRA) 1:02.2
6  Sjoerd Mooi Wilten (NED) 1:03.4
7  Alberto Conrad (BOL) 1:17.5

Heat 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Mostyn Ffrench-Williams (GBR) 1:00.7 QQ
2  Jikirum Adjaluddin (PHI) 1:01.0 QQ
3  Heiko Schwartz (GER) 1:01.8
4  Munroe Bourne (CAN) 1:02.4
5  Isaac Morais (BRA) 1:03.5
6  Günther Zobernig (AUT) 1:03.9

Heat 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Shigeo Arai (JPN) 57.7 QQ
2  Helmuth Fischer (GER) 57.9 QQ
3  Ödön Gróf (HUN) 1:01.3
4  Leonard Spence (BER) 1:01.9
5  Claude Desusclade (FRA) 1:07.2
6  Rikhardos Brousalis (GRE) 1:07.5

Heat 5

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Masaharu Taguchi (JPN) 57.5 QQ OR
2  John Christensen (DEN) 1:01.1 QQ
3  George Larson (CAN) 1:01.5
4  Saad El-Din Zaki (EGY) 1:03.7
5  Juan Paz (PER) 1:05.6
6  Spyridon Mavrogiorgos (GRE) 1:08.2

Heat 6

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Draško Vilfan (YUG) 1:00.5 QQ
2  Hermann Heibel (GER) 1:01.4 QQ
3  Frederick Dove (GBR) 1:01.6
4  José Obial (PHI) 1:01.7
5  Leônidas da Silva (BRA) 1:03.3
6  John Young (BER) 1:07.8

Heat 7

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Arthur Lindegren (USA) 58.3 QQ
2  Oszkár Abay-Nemes (HUN) 1:00.2 QQ
3  Heikki Hietanen (FIN) 1:01.0 qq
4  Piet Stam (NED) 1:01.3
5  Poul Petersen (DEN) 1:01.6
6  Roger Zirilli (SUI) 1:04.1

Semifinals[edit]

Saturday August 8, 1936: The fastest three in each semi-final and the fastest fourth-placed from across the heats advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Masaharu Taguchi (JPN) 57.9 QQ
2  Ferenc Csik (HUN) 58.1 QQ
3  Peter Fick (USA) 58.2 QQ
4  Helmuth Fischer (GER) 58.7 qq
5  Heikki Hietanen (FIN) 1:00.5
 Draško Vilfan (YUG) 1:00.5
 Jikirum Adjaluddin (PHI) 1:00.5
8  Mostyn Ffrench-Williams (GBR) 1:01.0

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Masanori Yusa (JPN) 57.5 QQ =OR
2  Shigeo Arai (JPN) 57.9 QQ
3  Arthur Lindegren (USA) 58.7 QQ
4  Arthur Highland (USA) 59.4
5  William Kendall (AUS) 59.9
6  Hermann Heibel (GER) 1:00.3
7  Oszkár Abay-Nemes (HUN) 1:01.1
8  John Christensen (DEN) 1:01.6

Final[edit]

Sunday August 9, 1936:

Place Swimmer Time
1  Ferenc Csik (HUN) 57.6
2  Masanori Yusa (JPN) 57.9
3  Shigeo Arai (JPN) 58.0
4  Masaharu Taguchi (JPN) 58.1
5  Helmuth Fischer (GER) 59.3
6  Peter Fick (USA) 59.7
7  Arthur Lindegren (USA) 59.9

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