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Manuella Kalili

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameManuella•Kalili
Used nameManuella•Kalili
Born2 November 1912 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi (USA)
Died14 September 1969 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi (USA)
AffiliationsLos Angeles Allied Athletic Club, Los Angeles (USA)
NOC United States


Manuella Kalili represented the Los Angeles AC when not competing in his native Hawaii. Along with his brother Maiola Kalili, he got his start swimming in Honolulu harbor where they would dive for coins. In addition to a silver medal in the Olympic relay Kalili placed fourth in the 100m free. His only AAU championship came in 1931 when he won the outdoor 100m freestyle. He retired from competition in 1933 and later appeared in some movies as a South Sea native and Navy messmen in war films.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Manuella Kalili
100 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 4
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 2 Silver

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