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

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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 backstroke was a swimming event held as part of the swimming at the 1936 Summer Olympics programme. It was the seventh appearance of the event, which was established in 1908. The competition was held from Wednesday August 12, 1936 to Friday August 14, 1936.

Thirty swimmers from 17 nations competed.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 Adolph Kiefer
United States (USA)
 Al Vande Weghe
United States (USA)
 Masaji Kiyokawa
Japan (JPN)

Records[edit]

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

World Record 1:04.8 United States Adolph Kiefer Detroit (USA) January 18, 1936
Olympic Record 1:08.2 United States George Kojac Amsterdam (NED) August 9, 1928

Adolph Kiefer set a new Olympic record in the first heat with 1:06.9 minutes. He bettered his record in the first semi-final with 1:06.8 minutes. In the final he improved the Olympic record again when he swam 1:05.9 minutes.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Wednesday August 12, 1936: The fastest three in each heat and the fastest from across the heats advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Adolph Kiefer (USA) 1:06.9 QQ OR
2  Masaji Kiyokawa (JPN) 1:07.2 QQ
3  Hans Schwarz (GER) 1:11.0 QQ
4  Elemér Gombos (HUN) 1:12.4
5  Jack Middleton (GBR) 1:15.0
6  Benvenuto Nunes (BRA) 1:16.9

Heat 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Taylor Drysdale (USA) 1:09.0 QQ
2  Heinz Schlauch (GER) 1:10.1 QQ
3  Draško Vilfan (YUG) 1:11.7 QQ
4  Stans Scheffer (NED) 1:13.6
5  Árpád Lengyel (HUN) 1:15.2
6  Munroe Bourne (CAN) 1:17.2
7  Antônio Amaral Filho (BRA) 1:21.0

Heat 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Yasuhiko Kojima (JPN) 1:09.7 QQ
2  Al Vande Weghe (USA) 1:10.6 QQ
3  Nils Christiansen (PHI) 1:11.5 QQ
4  Erwin Simon (GER) 1:11.7 qq
5  György Erdélyi (HUN) 1:14.7
6  Marcel Neumann (LUX) 1:18.8

Heat 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Jack Besford (GBR) 1:12.0 QQ
2  Gordon Kerr (CAN) 1:12.9 QQ
3  Björn Borg (SWE) 1:15.2 QQ
4  Boris Roolaid (EST) 1:21.1
5  Emmanouil Mallidis (GRE) 1:21.5

Heat 5

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Kiichi Yoshida (JPN) 1:10.0 QQ
2  Percy Oliver (AUS) 1:10.2 QQ
3  Piet Metman (NED) 1:13.7 QQ
4  Ademar Caballero (BRA) 1:17.0
5  Børge Bæth (DEN) 1:17.3
6  Alfonso Casasempere (CHI) 1:21.0

Semifinals[edit]

Thursday August 13, 1936: The fastest three in each semi-final and the fastest fourth-placed advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Adolph Kiefer (USA) 1:06.8 QQ OR
2  Al Vande Weghe (USA) 1:08.6 QQ
3  Percy Oliver (AUS) 1:09.4 QQ
4  Kiichi Yoshida (JPN) 1:09.5 qq
5  Nils Christiansen (PHI) 1:11.1
6  Erwin Simon (GER) 1:11.7
7  Hans Schwarz (GER) 1:11.8
8  Björn Borg (SWE) 1:16.3

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Taylor Drysdale (USA) 1:08.6 QQ
2  Masaji Kiyokawa (JPN) 1:09.7 QQ
3  Yasuhiko Kojima (JPN) 1:09.9 QQ
4  Heinz Schlauch (GER) 1:10.8
5  Gordon Kerr (CAN) 1:11.2
6  Draško Vilfan (YUG) 1:13.3
7  Jack Besford (GBR) 1:13.6
8  Piet Metman (NED) 1:14.1

Final[edit]

Friday August 14, 1936:

Place Swimmer Time
1  Adolph Kiefer (USA) 1:05.9 OR
2  Al Vande Weghe (USA) 1:07.7
3  Masaji Kiyokawa (JPN) 1:08.4
4  Taylor Drysdale (USA) 1:09.4
5  Kiichi Yoshida (JPN) 1:09.7
6  Yasuhiko Kojima (JPN) 1:10.4
7  Percy Oliver (AUS) 1:10.7

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