| Event type

100 metres Freestyle, Men

Date6 – 7 August 1932
LocationOlympic Park Swimming Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Participants22 from 10 countries
Olympic Record 58.6 / Johnny Weissmuller USA / 11 August 1928
58.6 / Johnny Weissmuller USA / 10 August 1928

The Johnny Weissmuller era of sprint freestyle swimming having been ended by a Hollywood movie contract, a new generation of swimmers, spearheaded by a wave of brilliant young Japanese teenagers, emerged at the Los Angeles Games. At the forefront of the youth invasion was Yasuji Miyazaki who was still two months short of his sixteenth birthday when he lined up for the final. Miyazaki’s qualifying performances, including an Olympic record in the semi-final, had been earned him the title of favourite and he lived up to this billing in the final. The race itself was a close one, only 1.3 seconds covered all six men, but Miyazaki reached the finish clear of his fellow Japanese, Tatsugo Kawaishi . The six competitors in the final were an even split between the USA and Japan, indeed only one Japanese male swimmer missed a final in L.A. The 1928 silver medallist István Bárány did not reach the final although film of his semi-final suggested that he may have finished second, and not fourth as the judges insisted. Tatsugo Kawaishi later served in the Japanese navy and was just thirty-three when he was killed in action during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

1Yasuji MiyazakiJPN58.7 (1 h4)58.0 (1 h1)58.2 (1)Gold
2Tatsugo KawaishiJPN59.8 (3 h2)59.0 (1 h2)58.6 (2)Silver
3Albert SchwartzUSA59.6 (2 h2)59.2 (2 h2)58.8 (3)Bronze
4Manuella KaliliUSA59.6 (1 h1)59.3 (3 h1)59.2 (4)
5Zenjiro TakahashiJPN59.5 (1 h3)59.5 (3 h2)59.2 (5)
6Raymond ThompsonUSA1:02.0 (2 h3)59.3 (2 h1)59.5 (6)
4 h1 r2/3István BárányHUN1:00.4 (2 h1)59.4 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3Walter SpenceCAN59.3 (1 h2)59.6 (4 h2)
5 h1 r2/3András SzékelyHUN1:01.5 (2 h4)1:01.4 (5 h1)
3 h1 r1/3Munroe BourneCAN1:01.1 (3 h1)
3 h3 r1/3Alfredo RoccaARG1:04.2 (3 h3)
3 h4 r1/3Abdurahman AliPHI1:02.2 (3 h4)
4 h1 r1/3Reg SuttonGBR1:02.9 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/3András WaniéHUN1:02.8 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/3Joseph WhitesideGBR1:04.7 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/3Noel RyanAUS1:02.9 (4 h4)
5 h1 r1/3Leopoldo TahierARG1:05.3 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/3Mickey Ffrench-WilliamsGBR1:05.9 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/3Eskil LundahlSWE1:06.2 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/3Robert HallaranCAN1:06.9 (5 h4)
6 h1 r1/3Manoel VillarBRA1:08.4 (6 h1)
6 h3 r1/3João PereiraBRA1:08.2 (6 h3)
DNSAlberto ZorrillaARG– (DNS h2)
DNSAntônio Luiz dos SantosBRA– (DNS h4)

Round One (6 August 1932 — 9:00)

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

Heat One

16Manuella KaliliUSA59.6Q
22István BárányHUN1:00.4Q
37Munroe BourneCAN1:01.1
44Reg SuttonGBR1:02.9
53Leopoldo TahierARG1:05.3
65Manoel VillarBRA1:08.4

Heat Two

15Walter SpenceCAN59.3Q
23Albert SchwartzUSA59.6Q
36Tatsugo KawaishiJPN59.8q
41András WaniéHUN1:02.8
52Mickey Ffrench-WilliamsGBR1:05.9
DNS4Alberto ZorrillaARG

Heat Three

16Zenjiro TakahashiJPN59.5Q
25Raymond ThompsonUSA1:02.0Q
34Alfredo RoccaARG1:04.2
42Joseph WhitesideGBR1:04.7
53Eskil LundahlSWE1:06.2
61João PereiraBRA1:08.2

Heat Four

13Yasuji MiyazakiJPN58.7Q
22András SzékelyHUN1:01.5Q
34Abdurahman AliPHI1:02.2
41Noel RyanAUS1:02.9
56Robert HallaranCAN1:06.9
DNS5Antônio Luiz dos SantosBRA

Semi-Finals (6 August 1932 — 15:30)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

1Yasuji MiyazakiJPN58.0QOR
2Raymond ThompsonUSA59.3Q
3Manuella KaliliUSA59.3Q
4István BárányHUN59.4
5András SzékelyHUN1:01.4

Heat Two

1Tatsugo KawaishiJPN59.0Q
2Albert SchwartzUSA59.2Q
3Zenjiro TakahashiJPN59.5Q
4Walter SpenceCAN59.6

Final (7 August 1932 — 15:30)

1Yasuji MiyazakiJPN58.2
2Tatsugo KawaishiJPN58.6
3Albert SchwartzUSA58.8
4Manuella KaliliUSA59.2
5Zenjiro TakahashiJPN59.2
6Raymond ThompsonUSA59.5