| Event type

100 metres Freestyle, Men

Date8 – 9 August 1936
LocationSchwimmstadion, Reichssportfeld, Berlin
Participants45 from 23 countries

The world record for this event had passed between only three swimmers since 1912 Olympics, Duke Kahanamoku, Johnny Weissmuller and, since 1934, Peter Fick of the USA. Fick travelled to Germany as the marginal favourite although the strength in depth of the Japanese team made sure that predicting the competition would be difficult. Fick disappointed in the final but the Japanese victory did not materialize either. Although Ferenc Csik was the reigning European champion, he was not expected to defeat the American or Japanese favourites but as they battled each other, Csik came through on the outside to surprise them all. Ferenc Csik would not live to see the next Olympic Games. By then a qualified doctor, he died during an air raid in 1945.

Masanori Yusa and Shigeo Arai of Japan were awarded the other medals although the actual finishing positions are a matter of debate. Photographic evidence suggests that 4th placed Masahuru Taguchi may in fact have been the true silver medallist with only the first and last places in the final certain to be correct.

1Ferenc CsíkHUN58.3 (2 h1)58.1 (2 h1)57.6 (1)Gold
2Masanori YusaJPN57.8 (1 h2)57.5 (1 h2)57.9 (2)Silver
3Shigeo AraiJPN57.7 (1 h4)57.9 (2 h2)58.0 (3)Bronze
4Masaharu TaguchiJPN57.5 (1 h5)57.9 (1 h1)58.1 (4)
5Helmut FischerGER57.9 (2 h4)58.7 (4 h1)59.3 (5)
6Peter FickUSA57.6 (1 h1)58.2 (3 h1)59.7 (6)
7Art LindegrenUSA58.3 (1 h7)58.7 (3 h2)59.9 (7)
4 h2 r2/3Arthur HighlandUSA59.9 (2 h2)59.4 (4 h2)
=5 h1 r2/3Heikki HietanenFIN1:01.0 (3 h7)1:00.5 (=5 h1)
=5 h1 r2/3Jikirum AdjaluddinPHI1:01.0 (2 h3)1:00.5 (=5 h1)
=5 h1 r2/3Draško VilfanYUG1:00.5 (1 h6)1:00.5 (=5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3Bill KendallAUS1:01.0 (3 h2)59.9 (5 h2)
6 h2 r2/3Hermann HeibelGER1:01.4 (2 h6)1:00.3 (6 h2)
7 h2 r2/3Oszkár Abay-NemesHUN1:00.2 (2 h7)1:01.1 (7 h2)
8 h1 r2/3Mickey Ffrench-WilliamsGBR1:00.7 (1 h3)1:01.0 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/3John ChristensenDEN1:01.1 (2 h5)1:01.6 (8 h2)
3 h1 r1/3Rom GabrielsenGBR1:01.2 (3 h1)
3 h3 r1/3Heiko SchwartzGER1:01.8 (3 h3)
3 h4 r1/3Ödön GrófHUN1:01.3 (3 h4)
3 h5 r1/3George LarsonCAN1:01.5 (3 h5)
3 h6 r1/3Freddie DoveGBR1:01.6 (3 h6)
4 h1 r1/3Bob HamertonCAN1:02.1 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/3Egon RoolaidEST1:01.5 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/3Munroe BourneCAN1:02.4 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/3Leonard SpenceBER1:01.9 (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/3Zaki Saad al-DineEGY1:03.7 (4 h5)
4 h6 r1/3José ObialPHI1:01.7 (4 h6)
4 h7 r1/3Piet StamNED1:01.3 (4 h7)
5 h1 r1/3Paulo TattoBRA1:02.6 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/3René CavaleroFRA1:02.2 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/3Isaac MoraesBRA1:03.5 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/3Claude DesuscladeFRA1:07.2 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/3Juan PazPER1:05.6 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/3Leônidas da SilvaBRA1:03.3 (5 h6)
5 h7 r1/3Poul PetersenDEN1:01.6 (5 h7)
6 h1 r1/3Qadri MahmudEGY1:03.8 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/3Sjoerd Mooi WiltenNED1:03.4 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/3Günther ZobernigAUT1:03.9 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/3Rikhardos BrousalisGRE1:07.5 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/3Spyridon MavrogiorgosGRE1:08.2 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/3John YoungBER1:07.8 (6 h6)
6 h7 r1/3Roger ZirilliSUI1:04.1 (6 h7)
7 h1 r1/3Arturo Álvarez CalderónPER1:04.9 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/3Alberto ConradBOL1:17.5 (7 h2)
8 h1 r1/3Charlie ChanCHN1:06.5 (8 h1)
DNSJan GuilliniBEL– (DNS h7)
DNSArtem NakacheFRA– (DNS h6)
DNSWalter Ledgard JiménezPER– (DNS h3)
DNSAlfred DoriaSUI– (DNS h2)
DNSVictor DunandSUI– (DNS h5)
DNSDarko PrvanYUG– (DNS h4)
DNSManoel VillarBRA

Round One (8 August 1936 — 9:00)

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

Heat One

17Peter FickUSA57.6QOR
23Ferenc CsíkHUN58.3Q
36Rom GabrielsenGBR1:01.2
42Bob HamertonCAN1:02.1
54Paulo TattoBRA1:02.6
65Qadri MahmudEGY1:03.8
71Arturo Álvarez CalderónPER1:04.9
88Charlie ChanCHN1:06.5

Heat Two

13Masanori YusaJPN57.8Q
25Arthur HighlandUSA59.9Q
34Bill KendallAUS1:01.0q
42Egon RoolaidEST1:01.5
56René CavaleroFRA1:02.2
67Sjoerd Mooi WiltenNED1:03.4
78Alberto ConradBOL1:17.5
DNS1Alfred DoriaSUI

Heat Three

14Mickey Ffrench-WilliamsGBR1:00.7Q
23Jikirum AdjaluddinPHI1:01.0Q
36Heiko SchwartzGER1:01.8
45Munroe BourneCAN1:02.4
57Isaac MoraesBRA1:03.5
61Günther ZobernigAUT1:03.9
DNS2Walter Ledgard JiménezPER

Heat Four

12Shigeo AraiJPN57.7Q
26Helmut FischerGER57.9Q
35Ödön GrófHUN1:01.3
44Leonard SpenceBER1:01.9
57Claude DesuscladeFRA1:07.2
63Rikhardos BrousalisGRE1:07.5
DNS1Darko PrvanYUG

Heat Five

16Masaharu TaguchiJPN57.5QOR
21John ChristensenDEN1:01.1Q
35George LarsonCAN1:01.5
43Zaki Saad al-DineEGY1:03.7
54Juan PazPER1:05.6
67Spyridon MavrogiorgosGRE1:08.2
DNS2Victor DunandSUI

Heat Six

14Draško VilfanYUG1:00.5Q
25Hermann HeibelGER1:01.4Q
32Freddie DoveGBR1:01.6
47José ObialPHI1:01.7
53Leônidas da SilvaBRA1:03.3
61John YoungBER1:07.8
DNS6Artem NakacheFRA

Heat Seven

17Art LindegrenUSA58.3Q
21Oszkár Abay-NemesHUN1:00.2Q
32Heikki HietanenFIN1:01.0q
45Piet StamNED1:01.3
56Poul PetersenDEN1:01.6
63Roger ZirilliSUI1:04.1
DNS4Jan GuilliniBEL

Semi-Finals (8 August 1936 — 15:00)

Top three in each heat and the fastest fourth-place advanced to the final.

Heat One

1Masaharu TaguchiJPN57.9Q
2Ferenc CsíkHUN58.1Q
3Peter FickUSA58.2Q
4Helmut FischerGER58.7q
=5Heikki HietanenFIN1:00.5
=5Draško VilfanYUG1:00.5
=5Jikirum AdjaluddinPHI1:00.5
8Mickey Ffrench-WilliamsGBR1:01.0

Heat Two

1Masanori YusaJPN57.5Q=OR
2Shigeo AraiJPN57.9Q
3Art LindegrenUSA58.7Q
4Arthur HighlandUSA59.4
5Bill KendallAUS59.9
6Hermann HeibelGER1:00.3
7Oszkár Abay-NemesHUN1:01.1
8John ChristensenDEN1:01.6

Final (9 August 1936 — 15:20)

17Ferenc CsíkHUN57.6
22Masanori YusaJPN57.9
31Shigeo AraiJPN58.0
46Masaharu TaguchiJPN58.1
55Helmut FischerGER59.3
64Peter FickUSA59.7
73Art LindegrenUSA59.9