Swimming at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre freestyle

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Swimming at the
1956 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
Butterfly
100 m   women
200 m men
Freestyle relay
4×100 m   women
4×200 m men  

The men's 100 metre freestyle event at the 1956 Olympic Games took place between November 29 and 30. This swimming event used freestyle swimming, which means that the method of the stroke is not regulated (unlike backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly events). Nearly all swimmers use the front crawl or a variant of that stroke. Because an Olympic size swimming pool is 50 metres long, this race consisted of two lengths of the pool.

Medalists[edit]

Gold  Jon Henricks
Australia (AUS)
Silver  John Devitt
Australia (AUS)
Bronze  Gary Chapman
Australia (AUS)

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Five heats were held, the fastest sixteen swimmers advanced to the Semifinal Round. The swimmers that advanced are highlighted.

Heat One[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 Jon Henricks Australia 57.3
2 Dick Hanley United States 57.8
3 Billy Steuart South Africa 59.2
4 Lev Balandin Soviet Union 59.6
5 Hans Köhler Germany 59.8
5 Karri Käyhkö Finland 59.8
7 André Laurent Belgium 1:00.7

Heat Two[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 Manabu Koga Japan 57.7
2 Aldo Eminente France 58.0
3 Vitaly Sorokin Soviet Union 58.6
4 Cheung Kin Man Hong Kong 59.8
5 Horst Bleeker Germany 1:00.1
6 Sergio Martnez Colombia 1:00.2
7 Peter Duncan South Africa 1:00.4

Heat Three[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 John Devitt Australia 57.2
2 Paolo Pucci Italy 58.3
3 Hiroshi Suzuki Japan 58.4
3 Paul Voell Germany 58.4
5 Kenneth Williams Great Britain 59.4
6 Dennis Ford South Africa 59.5
7 Sri Chand Bajaj India 1:01.6

Heat Four[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 Reid Patterson United States 56.8
2 Atsushi Tani Japan 57.1
3 Carlo Pedersoli Italy 58.5
4 Haroldo Lara Brazil 59.9
5 Habib Nasution Indonesia 1:00.1
6 Alex Jany France 1:00.2

Heat Five[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 Gary Chapman Australia 57.8
2 Bill Woolsey United States 58.2
3 Ronald Roberts Great Britain 58.3
4 Gyula Dobay Hungary 58.5
5 George Park Canada 58.8
6 Dakula Arabani Philippines 1:00.2
7 Wan Shiu Ming Hong Kong 1:00.7

Semifinals[edit]

Two heats were held; the swimmers with the fastest eight times advanced to the Final Round. The swimmers that advanced are highlighted.

Semifinal One[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 Jon Henricks Australia 55.7
2 Dick Hanley United States 56.9
3 Atsushi Tani Japan 57.4
4 Aldo Eminente France 58.0
5 Hiroshi Suzuki Japan 58.0
6 Vitaly Sorokin Soviet Union 58.2
7 Paolo Pucci Italy 58.8
8 Carlo Pedersoli Italy 59.0

Semifinal Two[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 John Devitt Australia 56.4
2 Gary Chapman Australia 56.9
3 Reid Patterson United States 57.1
4 Bill Woolsey United States 58.0
5 Gyula Dobay Hungary 58.1
6 Manabu Koga Japan 58.1
7 Paul Voell Germany 58.6
8 Ronald Roberts Great Britain 58.9

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Jon Henricks Australia 55.4 WR
2 John Devitt Australia 55.8
3 Gary Chapman Australia 56.7
4 Reid Patterson United States 57.2
5 Dick Hanley United States 57.6
6 Bill Woolsey United States 57.6
7 Atsushi Tani Japan 58.0
8 Aldo Eminente France 58.1

Key: WR = World record

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