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Warren Kealoha

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameWarren Daniels•Kealoha
Used nameWarren•Kealoha
Born3 March 1903 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi (USA)
Died8 September 1972 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi (USA)
AffiliationsHui Makani Swim Club, (USA)
NOC United States

Biography

At the age of 16, Warren Kealoha of Hawaii won his first Olympic title and four years later became the first man to win two Olympic backstroke gold medals. He held the world 100m backstroke record for six years, setting his first world record in winning the Olympic title in 1920 and his fourth world record in Honolulu in 1926. This final record was short-lived – the following day Walter Laufer, who was on a European tour, bettered Kealoha’s mark. Kealoha later became a successful rancher. It is often written that Warren and Pua Kealoha were brothers but they were not, and research has not found any direct relationship between the two.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Warren Kealoha
100 metres Backstroke, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1924 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Warren Kealoha
100 metres Backstroke, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1920 Summer Olympics 22 August 1920 Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Backstroke, Men Semi-Finals, Heat Two 1:14.8 WR 1
1924 Summer Olympics 16 July 1924 Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Backstroke, Men Round One, Heat One 1:13.4 1
1924 Summer Olympics 18 July 1924 Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Backstroke, Men Final 1:13.2 1

Special Notes

Errata

Name previously given as Warren Paoa Kealoha and YOB as 1904, but they are not correct per US passport applications and his gravestone. He is not related to Pua Kele Kealoha.