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100 metres Backstroke, Men

Date10 – 12 August 1932
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympic Park Swimming Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Participants16 from 9 countries

In no result was the domination of the Japanese men felt more than in the 100 metres backstroke. Amsterdam finalist Toshio Irie and newcomer Masaji Kiyokawa eased into the final by winning their races and were joined by compatriot Kentaro Kawatsu. The finishing order of the final was Kiyokawa-Irie-Kawatsu, the first time Japan had made a clean sweep of the medals in any Olympic event. The main rival to the Japanese trio should have been Germany’s Ernst Küppers but he committed a false start and seemingly unnerved by this, he finished in fifth. Masaji Kiyokawa spent twenty years as a member of the IOC and served as a vice-president of the organization.

PosSwimmerNOCR1SFFinal
1Masaji KiyokawaJPN1:08.9 (1 h1)1:09.0 (1 h1)1:08.6 (1)Gold
2Toshio IrieJPN1:11.3 (1 h3)1:10.9 (1 h2)1:09.8 (2)Silver
3Kentaro KawatsuJPN1:10.9 (3 h2)1:10.2 (3 h1)1:10.0 (3)Bronze
4Dan ZehrUSA1:09.9 (1 h2)1:11.6 (2 h2)1:10.9 (4)
5Ernst KüppersGER1:10.2 (2 h2)1:09.8 (2 h1)1:11.3 (5)
6Robert KerberUSA1:13.0 (2 h1)1:13.0 (3 h2)1:12.8 (6)
4 h1 r2/3Gordon ChalmersUSA1:17.2 (2 h4)1:11.6 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3Munroe BourneCAN1:14.3 (2 h3)1:13.9 (4 h2)
5 h1 r2/3William KarlsenNOR1:13.7 (1 h4)1:13.3 (5 h1)
3 h1 r1/3Robert HallaranCAN1:14.2 (3 h1)
3 h3 r1/3Jorge de PaulaBRA1:29.2 (3 h3)
3 h4 r1/3Dennis WalkerCAN1:21.0 (3 h4)
4 h1 r1/3Eskil LundahlSWE1:16.4 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/3Willie FrancisGBR1:12.9 (4 h2)
5 h2 r1/3Benvenuto NuñesBRA1:21.0 (5 h2)
AC h3 r1/3Marcel NoualFRA– (AC h3)DQ
DNSRoberto PeperARG– (DNS h1)
DNSNilo Marques MedeirosBRA– (DNS h4)
DNSWalter SpenceCAN– (DNS h3)

Round One (10 August 1932 — 11:30)

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

Heat One

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
12Masaji KiyokawaJPN1:08.9Q
24Robert KerberUSA1:13.0Q
33Robert HallaranCAN1:14.2
42Eskil LundahlSWE1:16.4
DNS1Roberto PeperARG

Heat Two

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
15Dan ZehrUSA1:09.9Q
22Ernst KüppersGER1:10.2Q
34Kentaro KawatsuJPN1:10.9q
41Willie FrancisGBR1:12.9
53Benvenuto NuñesBRA1:21.0

Heat Three

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
12Toshio IrieJPN1:11.3Q
24Munroe BourneCAN1:14.3Q
35Jorge de PaulaBRA1:29.2
AC3Marcel NoualFRADQ
DNS1Walter SpenceCAN

Heat Four

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
12William KarlsenNOR1:13.7Q
23Gordon ChalmersUSA1:17.2Q
35Dennis WalkerCAN1:21.0
DNS4Nilo Marques MedeirosBRA

Semi-Finals (11 August 1932 — 16:00)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
1Masaji KiyokawaJPN1:09.0Q
2Ernst KüppersGER1:09.8Q
3Kentaro KawatsuJPN1:10.2Q
4Gordon ChalmersUSA1:11.6
5William KarlsenNOR1:13.3

Heat Two

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
1Toshio IrieJPN1:10.9Q
2Dan ZehrUSA1:11.6Q
3Robert KerberUSA1:13.0Q
4Munroe BourneCAN1:13.9

Final (12 August 1932 — 16:20)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
1Masaji KiyokawaJPN1:08.6
2Toshio IrieJPN1:09.8
3Kentaro KawatsuJPN1:10.0
4Dan ZehrUSA1:10.9
5Ernst KüppersGER1:11.3
6Robert KerberUSA1:12.8