Swimming at the 1952 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre freestyle

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Swimming at the
1952 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 event at the 1952 Olympic Games took place between July 26 and 27 at the Swimming Stadium. 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 Clarke Scholes
 United States
Silver Hiroshi Suzuki
 Japan
Bronze Göran Larsson
 Sweden

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

24 fastest swimmer from nine heats advanced to semifinal.

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Yoshihiro Hamaguchi Japan 58.0
2 Aldo Eminente France 58.2
3 Iosif Novac Romania 1:00.5
4 René Muñiz Mexico 1:00.5
5 Leo Telivuo Finland 1:02.0
6 Ricardo Conde Spain 1:02.6
7 David Buch Israel 1:05.6

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Ronald Roberts Great Britain 59.5
2 Olle Johansson Sweden 1:00.5
3 Neo Chwee Kok Singapore 1:00.6
4 Frank O’Neill Australia 1:00.6
5 Fransisco Monteiro Hong Kong 1:03.1
6 Robert Cook Bermuda 1:04.1

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Rex Aubrey Australia 58.2
2 Alex Jany France 58.9
3 Lev Balandin Soviet Union 58.9
4 John Durr South Africa 1:00.0
5 Cheung Kin Man Hong Kong 1:00.3
6 Hernán Avilés Chile 1:02.8
7 Walter Bardgett Bermuda 1:04.4

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Dick Cleveland United States 57.8
2 Hiroshi Suzuki Japan 58.0
3 Carlo Pedersoli Italy 58.8
4 Federico Zwanck Argentina 1:01.2
5 Haroldo Lara Brazil 1:01.2
6 Fernando Madeira Portugal 1:02.6
7 Isaac Monsoor India 1:10.8

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Ronald Gora United States 58.0
2 György Ipacs Hungary 59.1
3 Juan Lanz Mexico 1:00.9
4 Michel Vandamme France 1:00.9
5 Pentti Ikonen Finland 1:01.1
6 Oscar Saiz Venezuela 1:01.7
7 Abdel Aziz El-Shafei Egypt 1:02.0

Heat 6

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Göran Larsson Sweden 57.5
2 Clarke Scholes United States 58.3
3 Nicasio Silverio Cuba 1:00.0
4 Roberto Queralt Spain 1:01.6
5 Aram Boghossian Brazil 1:02.0
6 Mauno Valkeinen Finland 1:02.5
7 Nguyễn Văn Phan Vietnam 1:05.0

Heat 7

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Jack Wardrop Great Britain 58.9
2 Lucien Beaumont Canada 1:00.4
3 Alberto Isaac Mexico 1:01.4
4 Marcello Trabucco Argentina 1:01.5
5 Dorri El-Said Egypt 1:02.3
6 Guilherme Patroni Portugal 1:03.7
7 Michel Currat Switzerland 1:07.2

Heat 8

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Toru Goto Japan 58.3
2 Joris Tjebbes Netherlands 59.1
3 Endel Edasi Soviet Union 1:00.1
4 Dennis Ford South Africa 1:01.3
5 Per Olsen Norway 1:02.1
6 Alfonso Buonocore Italy 1:02.3
7 Geoffrey Marks Ceylon 1:04.1

Heat 9

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Géza Kádas Hungary 58.4
2 Thomas Welsh Great Britain 59.5
3 Vladimir Skomarovsky Soviet Union 1:00.0
4 Peter Salmon Canada 1:01.0
5 Lars Svantesson Sweden 1:01.4
6 José Valdes Guatemala 1:04.5

Semifinals[edit]

8 fastest swimmers advanced to final.

Semifinal 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Clarke Scholes United States 57.1
2 Göran Larsson Sweden 57.8
3 Yoshihiro Hamaguchi Japan 58.3 tie break
4 Aldo Eminente France 58.3 tie break
5 Carlo Pedersoli Italy 58.9
6 Jack Wardrop Great Britain 59.4
7 Endel Edasi Soviet Union 59.8
8 Nicasio Silverio Cuba 59.9

Semifinal 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Géza Kádas Hungary 57.8
2 Hiroshi Suzuki Japan 58.0
3 Dick Cleveland United States 58.6
4 Lev Balandin Soviet Union 58.8
5 Joris Tjebbes Netherlands 59.8
6 John Durr South Africa 1:00.2
7 Thomas Welsh Great Britain 1:00.3
8 Cheung Kin Man Hong Kong 1:00.9

Semifinal 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Ronald Gora United States 57.7
2 Rex Aubrey Australia 57.8
3 Toru Goto Japan 58.3 tie break
4 Alex Jany France 58.9
5 Lucien Beaumont Canada 59.3
6 György Ipacs Hungary 59.4
7 Ronald Roberts Great Britain 59.5
8 Vladimir Skomarovsky Soviet Union 1:01.1

Tie Break

Because there were 3 swimmers with the same swim time, a tie-breaking heat was held. Two fastest swimmer advanced to the final.

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Toru Goto Japan 58.5
2 Aldo Eminente France 58.8
3 Yoshihiro Hamaguchi Japan 59.1

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Clarke Scholes United States 57.4
2 Hiroshi Suzuki Japan 57.4
3 Göran Larsson Sweden 58.2
4 Toru Goto Japan 58.5
5 Géza Kádas Hungary 58.6
6 Rex Aubrey Australia 58.7
7 Aldo Eminente France 58.7
8 Ronald Gora United States 58.8

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