Swimming at the 1960 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre freestyle

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Swimming at the
1960 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
Butterfly
100 m   women
200 m men
Freestyle relay
4×100 m   women
4×200 m men
Medley relay
4×100 m men women

The men's 100 metre freestyle event at the 1960 Olympic Games took place between August 26 and 27. 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  John Devitt
Australia (AUS)
Silver  Lance Larson
United States (USA)
Bronze  Manuel dos Santos
Brazil (BRA)

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Seven heats were held; the swimmers with the fastest 24 times advanced to the Semifinals. Those that advanced are highlighted. This round took place on August 26.

Heat One[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 Karri Käyhkö Finland 56.8
2 Keigo Shimizu Japan 57.3
3 Ezio Della Savia Italy 58.2
4 Gert Kölli Austria 58.3
5 Herlander Ribeiro Portugal 1:00.2
6 Leopoldo Rodés Spain 1:00.7
7 René Wagner Luxembourg 1:04.3

Heat Two[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 John Devitt Australia 56.0
2 Alain Gottvallès France 56.3
3 Igor Luzhkovsky Soviet Union 57.9
4 Uwe Jacobsen Germany 57.9
5 Achmad Dimyati Indonesia 59.1
6 Luis Nicolao Argentina 1:00.2
7 Fong Seow Jit Malaya 1:03.4
8 Alfred Grixti Malta 1:07.8

Heat Three[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 Manuel dos Santos Filho Brazil 56.3
2 Andrzej Salamon Poland 56.5
3 Cam Grout Canada 57.6
4 Jorge Escalante Mexico 57.6
5 Ron Kroon Netherlands 57.7
6 Gérard Gropaiz France 59.3
7 Peter Bärtschi Switzerland 1:02.9

Heat Four[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 Gyula Dobay Hungary 56.5
2 Vitaly Sorokin Soviet Union 58.2
3 Bengt Nordwall Sweden 58.5
4 Jan Bouwman Netherlands 58.8
5 Amiram Trauber Israel 59.7
6 Cheung Kin Man Hong Kong 1:01.1

Heat Five[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 Jon Henricks Australia 56.9
2 Per-Ola Lindberg Sweden 57.1
3 László Lantos Hungary 57.4
4 Stanley Clarke Great Britain 59.1
5 Fernando de Abreu Brazil 1:00.1
6 Gudmunður Gíslason Iceland 1:00.8
7 Freddie Elizalde Philippines 1:03.0
8 Christopher Dowling Malta 1:08.9

Heat Six[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 Bruce Hunter United States 56.6
2 Dick Pound Canada 56.7
3 Rubén Roca Cuba 58.3
4 Janez Kocmur Yugoslavia 58.7
5 Giorgio Perondini Italy 58.9
6 Phan Hữu Dong South Vietnam 1:01.3
7 Ünsal Fikirci Turkey 1:03.0

Heat Seven[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 Lance Larson United States 55.7
2 Aubrey Bürer South Africa 56.3
3 Katsuki Ishihara Japan 57.5
4 Bernard Aluchna Poland 57.9
5 Paul Voell Germany 58.0
6 William O'Donnell Great Britain 59.2
7 Gojko Arneri Yugoslavia 1:00.5
8 Itzhak Luria Israel 1:00.9

Semifinals[edit]

Three heats were held; the fastest eight swimmers advanced to the Finals. The athletes that advanced are highlighted. The semifinals were held on August 26.

Semifinal One[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 Lance Larson United States 55.5
2 Bruce Hunter United States 55.7
3 Aubrey Bürer South Africa 56.5
4 Keigo Shimizu Japan 57.1
5 Igor Luzhkovsky Soviet Union 57.5
6 Cam Grout Canada 58.0
7 Paul Voell Germany 58.4
8 Alain Gottvallès France 58.5

Semifinal Two[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 John Devitt Australia 55.8
2 Dick Pound Canada 56.5
3 Andrzej Salamon Poland 56.9
4 Jon Henricks Australia 57.2
5 Uwe Jacobsen Germany 57.4
6 László Lantos Hungary 58.0
7 Vitaly Sorokin Soviet Union 58.7
8 Jorge Escalante Mexico 59.0

Semifinal Three[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 Manuel dos Santos Filho Brazil 56.3
2 Gyula Dobay Hungary 56.3
3 Per-Ola Lindberg Sweden 56.4
4 Karri Käyhkö Finland 56.6
5 Katsuki Ishihara Japan 57.8
6 Bernard Aluchna Poland 57.8
7 Ron Kroon Netherlands 57.9
8 Ezio Della Savia Italy 58.4

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 John Devitt Australia 55.2 OR
2 Lance Larson United States 55.2 OR
3 Manuel dos Santos Brazil 55.4
4 Bruce Hunter United States 55.6
5 Gyula Dobay Hungary 56.3
6 Dick Pound Canada 56.3
7 Aubrey Bürer South Africa 56.3
8 Per-Ola Lindberg Sweden 57.1

Key: OR = Olympic record

References[edit]