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100 metres Freestyle, Men

Date19 – 20 July 1924
StatusOlympic
LocationPiscine des Tourelles, Saint-Mandé
Participants30 from 15 countries

Johnny Weissmuller, the world record holder in this event, started the event as a strong favourite having already won the 400 metres freestyle and anchored the US relay team to an easy triumph. His main worry for the final was the possibility of collusion between his two American team-mates, the Kahanamoku brothers Duke and Sam, to impede his progress. These worries had no foundation as the Hawaiians were more interested in seeing an American sweep of the medals than in any foul play. Although Weissmuller finished well outside his own world record, his winning margin of nearly two and a half seconds has never since been approached. The American’s victory was greeted by sustained cheering by the Parisian spectators and was one of the most popular of the entire games. Weissmuller had little time to savour his victory as he was due to play in the final of the third-place tournament for the US water polo team that same afternoon. It is worth noting that the five finalists in this event would win nineteen Olympic medals between them

PosSwimmerNOCR1SFFinal
1Johnny WeissmullerUSA1:03.8 (1 h5)1:00.8 (1 h2)59.0 (1)Gold
2Duke KahanamokuUSA1:04.2 (2 h1)1:01.6 (1 h1)1:01.4 (2)Silver
3Sam KahanamokuUSA1:03.2 (1 h2)1:02.2 (2 h1)1:01.8 (3)Bronze
4Arne BorgSWE1:05.4 (1 h6)1:02.6 (2 h2)1:02.0 (4)
5Katsuo TakaishiJPN1:04.0 (1 h4)1:02.4 (3 h1)1:03.0 (5)
3 h2 r2/3Ernest HenryAUS1:03.8 (2 h2)1:03.0 (3 h2)
4 h1 r2/3Orvar TrolleSWE1:04.2 (1 h1)1:02.6 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3Harold PycockGBR1:05.2 (2 h5)1:05.0 (4 h2)
5 h1 r2/3Clayton BourneCAN1:06.2 (1 h3)1:06.0 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3Ivan StedmanAUS1:06.0 (2 h4)1:06.0 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/3István BárányHUN1:08.4 (2 h6)1:08.0 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3Alberto ZorrillaARG1:08.2 (2 h3)1:07.6 (6 h2)
3 h1 r1/3Kazuo OnodaJPN1:05.4 (3 h1)
3 h2 r1/3Torahiko MiyahataJPN1:04.2 (3 h2)– (DNS h1)
3 h3 r1/3Viktor LegátTCH1:13.2 (3 h3)
3 h4 r1/3Georg WernerSWE1:07.0 (3 h4)
3 h5 r1/3Édouard VanzeverenFRA1:06.8 (3 h5)
3 h6 r1/3Július BalážTCH1:11.8 (3 h6)
4 h1 r1/3Charlie BaillieGBR1:08.2 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/3Henri Padou, Sr.FRA1:05.0 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/3Charles KoppSUI1:15.0 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/3Emil ZeibigFRA1:08.0 (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/3Moss ChristieAUS1:07.2 (4 h5)
4 h6 r1/3Dionysios VasilopoulosGRE1:12.0 (4 h6)
5 h1 r1/3Vlado SmokvinaYUG1:11.6 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/3Albert DickinGBR1:06.0 (5 h2)
5 h4 r1/3Gé DekkerNED1:11.8 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/3José Manuel PinilloESP1:14.2 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/3Pieter JacobszoonNED1:12.2 (5 h6)
6 h2 r1/3Stanislav BičákTCH1:10.2 (6 h2)
DNSL. HenyeriHUN– (DNS h1)
DNSEndre TurnovszkyHUN– (DNS h3)

Round One (19 July 1924 — 10:00)

Top two in each heat and the fastest third-place advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
1Orvar TrolleSWE1:04.2Q
2Duke KahanamokuUSA1:04.2Q
3Kazuo OnodaJPN1:05.4
4Charlie BaillieGBR1:08.2
5Vlado SmokvinaYUG1:11.6
DNSL. HenyeriHUN

Heat Two

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
1Sam KahanamokuUSA1:03.2Q
2Ernest HenryAUS1:03.8Q
3Torahiko MiyahataJPN1:04.2q
4Henri Padou, Sr.FRA1:05.0
5Albert DickinGBR1:06.0
6Stanislav BičákTCH1:10.2

Heat Three

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
1Clayton BourneCAN1:06.2Q
2Alberto ZorrillaARG1:08.2Q
3Viktor LegátTCH1:13.2
4Charles KoppSUI1:15.0
DNSEndre TurnovszkyHUN

Heat Four

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
1Katsuo TakaishiJPN1:04.0Q
2Ivan StedmanAUS1:06.0Q
3Georg WernerSWE1:07.0
4Emil ZeibigFRA1:08.0
5Gé DekkerNED1:11.8

Heat Five

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
1Johnny WeissmullerUSA1:03.8Q
2Harold PycockGBR1:05.2Q
3Édouard VanzeverenFRA1:06.8
4Moss ChristieAUS1:07.2
5José Manuel PinilloESP1:14.2

Heat Six

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
1Arne BorgSWE1:05.4Q
2István BárányHUN1:08.4Q
3Július BalážTCH1:11.8
4Dionysios VasilopoulosGRE1:12.0
5Pieter JacobszoonNED1:12.2

Semi-Finals (19 July 1924 — 15:00)

Top two in each heat and the fastest third-place advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
1Duke KahanamokuUSA1:01.6Q
2Sam KahanamokuUSA1:02.2Q
3Katsuo TakaishiJPN1:02.4q
4Orvar TrolleSWE1:02.6
5Clayton BourneCAN1:06.0
6István BárányHUN1:08.0
DNSTorahiko MiyahataJPN

Heat Two

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
1Johnny WeissmullerUSA1:00.8QOR
2Arne BorgSWE1:02.6Q
3Ernest HenryAUS1:03.0
4Harold PycockGBR1:05.0
5Ivan StedmanAUS1:06.0
6Alberto ZorrillaARG1:07.6

Final (20 July 1924 — 15:00)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
1Johnny WeissmullerUSA59.0OR
2Duke KahanamokuUSA1:01.4
3Sam KahanamokuUSA1:01.8
4Arne BorgSWE1:02.0
5Katsuo TakaishiJPN1:03.0