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

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The men's 100 metre backstroke event at the 1956 Olympic Games took place between 4 and 6 December.[1] This swimming event used backstroke. Because an Olympic size swimming pool is 50 metres long, this race consisted of two lengths of the pool.

Medalists[edit]

Gold David Theile
 Australia
Silver John Monckton
 Australia
Bronze Frank McKinney
 United States

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Four heats were held; the swimmers with the sixteen fastest times advanced to the Semifinals. The athletes that advanced are highlighted.

Heat One[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 Robert Christophe France 1:04.2
2 John Hayres Australia 1:04.4
3 László Magyar Hungary 1:06.1
4 Albert Wiggins United States 1:06.2
5 Haydn Rigby Great Britain 1:06.9
6 Ahmed Nazir Pakistan 1:10.7

Heat Two[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 Graham Sykes Great Britain 1:06.2
2 Kazuo Tomita Japan 1:06.4
3 Gilbert Bozon France 1:06.4
4 Ekkehard Miersch Germany 1:07.5
5 Lincoln Hurring New Zealand 1:07.5
6 Pedro Cayco Philippines 1:11.6

Heat Three[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 David Theile Australia 1:04.3
2 Yoshi Oyakawa United States 1:05.2
3 Keiji Hase Japan 1:06.3
4 John Brockway Great Britain 1:07.7
5 João Gonçalves Filho Brazil 1:07.9
6 Cheung Kin Man Hong Kong 1:14.0

Heat Four[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 John Monckton Australia 1:03.4
2 Frank McKinney United States 1:06.0
3 Dieter Pfeifer Germany 1:06.7
4 Ladislav Bak Czechoslovakia 1:06.9
5 Gérard Coignot France 1:07.5
6 Hideo Ninomiya Japan 1:09.2
7 Lim Heng Chek Malaya 1:12.4

Semifinals[edit]

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

Semifinal One[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 John Monckton Australia 1:04.1
2 David Theile Australia 1:04.8
3 Yoshi Oyakawa United States 1:05.0
4 Graham Sykes Great Britain 1:06.5
5 Kazuo Tomita Japan 1:06.5
6 Dieter Pfeifer Germany 1:07.6
7 László Magyar Hungary 1:07.6
8 Ladislav Bak Czechoslovakia 1:07.9

Semifinal Two[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 Robert Christophe France 1:04.6
2 John Hayres Australia 1:05.0
3 Frank McKinney United States 1:05.3
4 Albert Wiggins United States 1:06.4
5 Gilbert Bozon France 1:06.5
6 Keiji Hase Japan 1:06.5
7 Ekkehard Miersch Germany 1:06.6
8 Haydn Rigby Great Britain 1:07.6

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 David Theile  Australia 1:02.2 WR
2 John Monckton  Australia 1:03.2
3 Frank McKinney  United States 1:04.5
4 Robert Christophe  France 1:04.9
5 John Hayres  Australia 1:05.0
6 Graham Sykes  Great Britain 1:05.6
7 Albert Wiggins  United States 1:05.8
8 Yoshi Oyakawa  United States 1:06.9

Key: WR = World record

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games: Men's 100 metres Backstroke". Sports Reference. Retrieved 4 October 2016.