Swimming at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre backstroke

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Swimming at the
1948 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 event at the 1948 Olympic Games took place between August 4 and 6, at the Empire Pool. This swimming event used the backstroke. Because an Olympic size swimming pool is 50 metres long, this race consisted of two lengths of the pool.

Medalists[edit]

Gold  Allen Stack
United States (USA)
Silver  Bob Cowell
United States (USA)
Bronze  Georges Vallerey
France (FRA)

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

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

Heat 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Jackie Wiid (RSA) 1:08.5 QQ
2  Kees Kievit (NED) 1:10.8 QQ
3  José Vegazzi (ARG) 1:13.8
4  Francisco Calamita (ESP) 1:14.2
5  Eric Jubb (CAN) 1:14.3
6  Per-Olof Olsson (SWE) 1:14.6
7  Khamlillal Shah (IND) 1:19.9

Heat 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Bruce Bourke (AUS) 1:11.3 QQ
2  Ilo da Fonseca (BRA) 1:11.9 QQ
3  Jiří Kovář (TCH) 1:12.9
4  Carlos Noriega (URU) 1:15.0
5  Martin Lundén (SWE) 1:15.6
6  Tonatiuh Gutiérrez (MEX) 1:15.6
7  Jaffar Ali Shah (PAK) 1:30.2

Heat 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  John Brockaway (GBR) 1:09.2 QQ
2  Mario Chávez (ARG) 1:09.7 QQ
3  Clemente Mejía (MEX) 1:09.8 qq
4  Lucien Zins (FRA) 1:10.9 qq
5  Mário Simas (POR) 1:12.8
6  Fritz Zwazl (AUT) 1:13.5
7  Nikolaos Melanofeidis (GRE) 1:22.0

Heat 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Allen Stack (USA) 1:06.6 QQ
2  Bert Kinnear (GBR) 1:09.7 QQ
3  Paulo Silva (BRA) 1:10.0 qq
4  Tony Summers (GBR) 1:11.2
5  Gyula Válent (HUN) 1:11.8
6  Manuel Guerra (AUT) 1:14.8
7  Prahtip Mitra (IND) 1:24.5

Heat 5

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Bob Cowell (USA) 1:06.9 QQ
2  René Pirolley (FRA) 1:11.4 QQ
3  Donald Shanks (BER) 1:17.1
4  Dorri El-Said (EGY) 1:19.0
5  Guðmundur Ingólfsson (ISL) 1:19.4

Heat 6

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Georges Vallerey, Jr. (FRA) 1:07.4 QQ
2  Howard Patterson (USA) 1:09.3 QQ
3  Hélio Silva (BRA) 1:10.5 qq
4  Federico Neumayer (ARG) 1:10.8
5  Peter Mingie (CAN) 1:13.2
6  Hans Blumer (SUI) 1:18.5

Semifinals[edit]

The fastest three in each semi-final and the fastest from across the semi-finals advanced.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Allen Stack (USA) 1:07.3 QQ
2  Georges Vallerey, Jr. (FRA) 1:08.3 QQ
3  John Brockaway (GBR) 1:09.1 QQ
4  Clemente Mejía (MEX) 1:09.6 qq
5  Mario Chávez (ARG) 1:09.8 qq
6  Paulo Silva (BRA) 1:09.8
7  Kees Kievit (NED) 1:11.3
8  Bruce Bourke (AUS) 1:11.4

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Bob Cowell (USA) 1:08.5 QQ
2  Bert Kinnear (GBR) 1:09.2 QQ
3  Jackie Wiid (RSA) 1:09.2 QQ
4  Howard Patterson (USA) 1:09.9
5  Hélio Silva (BRA) 1:10.1
6  Lucien Zins (FRA) 1:11.5
7  Ilo da Fonseca (BRA) 1:11.6
8  René Pirolley (FRA) 1:12.9

Key: Q = qualification by place in heat, q = qualification by overall place

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Allen Stack United States 1:06.4
2 Bob Cowell United States 1:06.5
3 Georges Vallerey France 1:07.8
4 Mario Chávez Argentina 1:09.0
4 Clemente Mejía Mexico 1:09.0
6 Jackie Wiid South Africa 1:09.1
7 John Brockway Great Britain 1:09.2
8 Bert Kinnear Great Britain 1:09.6

References[edit]