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200 metres Breaststroke, Men

Date13 – 15 August 1936
LocationSchwimmstadion, Reichssportfeld, Berlin
Participants25 from 11 countries

American Jack Kasley had set a new world record in March 1936 but was badly out of form by the time of the Olympics. He finished sixth in his semi-final and was eliminated along with the former record holder, Leonard Spence of Bermuda, who was disqualified. The teenaged Japanese swimmer, Tetsuo Hamuro set the fastest time in heat and semi-final and led throughout the final. Hamuro, who was known for his fast starts, initially trailed Henry Higgins and Jochen Balke but the pair, who were using the new butterfly technique, faded in the second half of the race. Hamuro was pressured in the final stages by the fast finish of Germany’s Erwin Sietas but held on for victory. Sietas finished in 4th place in 1928 and 1932 but, with Chancellor Hitler watching, ended his career with an Olympic medal.

1Tetsuo HamuroJPN2:42.5 (1 h1)2:43.4 (1 h2)2:41.5 (1)Gold
2Erwin SietasGER2:44.6 (2 h1)2:44.8 (3 h2)2:42.9 (2)Silver
3Reizo KoikeJPN2:43.8 (1 h5)2:44.5 (1 h1)2:44.2 (3)Bronze
4Herbert HigginsUSA2:48.8 (1 h3)2:44.0 (2 h2)2:45.2 (4)
5Saburo ItoJPN2:45.8 (1 h2)2:45.5 (3 h1)2:47.6 (5)
6Jochen BalkeGER2:46.4 (2 h2)2:45.4 (2 h1)2:47.8 (6)
7Teófilo YldefonsoPHI2:47.4 (2 h5)2:46.8 (4 h2)2:51.1 (7)
4 h1 r2/3Ray KayeUSA2:48.5 (3 h1)2:49.2 (4 h1)
5 h1 r2/3Jikirum AdjaluddinPHI2:50.2 (4 h1)2:54.0 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3Arthur HeinaGER2:48.5 (3 h5)2:47.3 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/3Arasad AlpadPHI2:52.6 (2 h3)2:54.6 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3Jack KasleyUSA2:54.4 (3 h2)2:53.4 (6 h2)
7 h1 r2/3Finn JensenDEN2:55.7 (3 h3)2:54.8 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/3Felix ErbertTCH2:55.7 (3 h4)2:53.5 (7 h2)
8 h1 r2/3Gerald ClawsonCAN2:54.7 (2 h4)2:55.6 (8 h1)
AC h2 r2/3Leonard SpenceBER2:52.0 (1 h4)– (DQ h2)DQ
4 h2 r1/3Erik SkouDEN2:57.6 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/3Antônio Luiz dos SantosBRA2:56.8 (4 h3)
4 h5 r1/3Hans MalmströmDEN2:56.5 (4 h5)
5 h1 r1/3Edgard Julius Barbosa ArpBRA3:02.6 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/3Percy BelvinBER3:09.8 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/3Mohamed HassaneinEGY2:58.9 (5 h3)
6 h2 r1/3Bill PuddyCAN3:10.2 (6 h2)
AC h3 r1/3Jorge BerroetaCHI– (DQ h3)DQ
AC h4 r1/3Carlos ReedCHI– (DQ h4)DQ
DNSKarl SchäferAUT– (DNS h3)
DNSHans GirgAUT– (DNS h5)
DNSSándor BarócsyHUN– (DNS h2)
DNSPippo SchembriMLT– (DNS h4)
DNSConrado KuhnPER– (DNS h4)
DNSAuguste KeelSUI– (DNS h2)
DNSPaul SchützSUI– (DNS h1)
DNSKurt ZimmermannSUI– (DNS h5)
DNSFerenc CsíkHUN– (DNS h4)

Round One (13 August 1936 — 16:00)

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

Heat One

13Tetsuo HamuroJPN2:42.5QOR
22Erwin SietasGER2:44.6Q
35Ray KayeUSA2:48.5Q
47Jikirum AdjaluddinPHI2:50.2q
54Edgard Julius Barbosa ArpBRA3:02.6
DNS6Paul SchützSUI

Heat Two

13Saburo ItoJPN2:45.8Q
25Jochen BalkeGER2:46.4Q
36Jack KasleyUSA2:54.4Q
44Erik SkouDEN2:57.6
51Percy BelvinBER3:09.8
62Bill PuddyCAN3:10.2
DNS7Auguste KeelSUI
DNS1Sándor BarócsyHUN

Heat Three

15Herbert HigginsUSA2:48.8Q
22Arasad AlpadPHI2:52.6Q
37Finn JensenDEN2:55.7Q
43Antônio Luiz dos SantosBRA2:56.8
56Mohamed HassaneinEGY2:58.9
DQ4Jorge BerroetaCHI
DNS1Karl SchäferAUT

Heat Four

14Leonard SpenceBER2:52.0Q
22Gerald ClawsonCAN2:54.7Q
33Felix ErbertTCH2:55.7Q
DQ6Carlos ReedCHI
DNS1Pippo SchembriMLT
DNS7Conrado KuhnPER
DNS5Ferenc CsíkHUN

Heat Five

11Reizo KoikeJPN2:43.8Q
24Teófilo YldefonsoPHI2:47.4Q
32Arthur HeinaGER2:48.5Q
45Hans MalmströmDEN2:56.5
DNS6Hans GirgAUT
DNS7Kurt ZimmermannSUI

Semi-Finals (14 August 1936 — 15:00)

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

Heat One

12Reizo KoikeJPN2:44.5Q
25Jochen BalkeGER2:45.4Q
37Saburo ItoJPN2:45.5Q
48Ray KayeUSA2:49.2
54Jikirum AdjaluddinPHI2:54.0
66Arasad AlpadPHI2:54.6
73Finn JensenDEN2:54.8
81Gerald ClawsonCAN2:55.6

Heat Two

15Tetsuo HamuroJPN2:43.4Q
22Herbert HigginsUSA2:44.0Q
36Erwin SietasGER2:44.8Q
48Teófilo YldefonsoPHI2:46.8q
54Arthur HeinaGER2:47.3
61Jack KasleyUSA2:53.4
77Felix ErbertTCH2:53.5
DQ3Leonard SpenceBER

Final (15 August 1936 — 15:30)

16Tetsuo HamuroJPN2:41.5OR
22Erwin SietasGER2:42.9
37Reizo KoikeJPN2:44.2
43Herbert HigginsUSA2:45.2
55Saburo ItoJPN2:47.6
61Jochen BalkeGER2:47.8
74Teófilo YldefonsoPHI2:51.1