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100 metres Freestyle, Men

Date26 – 27 July 1952
LocationHelsingin Uimastadion, Helsinki
Participants61 from 33 countries
Olympic Record 57.3 / Wally Ris USA / 31 July 1948

A record entry of 61 swimmers from 33 different nations started the 100m Freestyle heats but that did not mean that standards were diluted, 49 times of under 60 seconds were recorded which was nearly double the total from 1948. Although no one swimmer was superior to the rest, the American Dick Cleveland emerged as a tentative favourite after showing excellent form prior to the Games but Cleveland was to disappoint and went out at the semi-final stage along with European champion Alex Jany of France. Göran Larsson of Sweden made a quick start in the final but was passed by the blonde haired American Clark Scholes before the half way mark. Scholes was put under pressure by Hiroshi Suzuki of Japan as they raced towards the finish but he held out to win the gold medal although the official times of the two were identical. Larsson finished third whilst just a third of a second separated the other five finalists.

Carlo Pedersoli, an Italian who reached the semi-final, had already made his film debut with a minor role in “Quo Vadis” and would go on to a career in movies, most notably as a star in Italian “spaghetti westerns” of the 1960’s under the name “Bud Spencer”.

1Clarke ScholesUSA58.3 (2 h6)57.1 (1 h1)57.4 (1)Gold
2Hiroshi SuzukiJPN58.0 (2 h4)58.0 (2 h2)57.4 (2)Silver
3Göran LarssonSWE57.5 (1 h6)57.8 (2 h1)58.2 (3)Bronze
4Toru GotoJPN58.3 (1 h8)58.3 (3 h3)58.5 (4)
5Géza KádasHUN58.4 (1 h9)57.8 (1 h2)58.6 (5)
6Rex AubreyAUS58.2 (1 h3)57.8 (2 h3)58.7 (6)
7Aldo EminenteFRA58.2 (2 h1)58.3 (4 h1)58.7 (7)
8Ronald GoraUSA58.0 (1 h5)57.7 (1 h3)58.8 (8)
3 h1 r2/3Yoshihiro HamaguchiJPN58.0 (1 h1)58.3 (3 h1)
3 h2 r2/3Dick ClevelandUSA57.8 (1 h4)58.6 (3 h2)
4 h2 r2/3Lev BalandinURS58.9 (3 h3)58.8 (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/3Alex JanyFRA58.9 (2 h3)58.9 (4 h3)
5 h1 r2/3Carlo PedersoliITA58.8 (3 h4)58.9 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3Joris TjebbesNED59.1 (2 h8)59.8 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/3Lucien BeaumontCAN1:00.4 (2 h7)59.3 (5 h3)
6 h1 r2/3Jack WardropGBR58.9 (1 h7)59.4 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3John DurrRSA1:00.0 (4 h3)1:00.2 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/3György IpacsHUN59.1 (2 h5)59.4 (6 h3)
7 h1 r2/3Endel EdasiURS1:00.1 (3 h8)59.8 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/3Thomas WelshGBR59.5 (2 h9)1:00.3 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/3Ronald RobertsGBR59.5 (1 h2)59.5 (7 h3)
8 h1 r2/3Nicasio SilverioCUB1:00.0 (3 h6)59.9 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/3Cheung Kin ManHKG1:00.3 (5 h3)1:00.9 (8 h2)
8 h3 r2/3Vladimir SkomarovskyURS1:00.0 (3 h9)1:01.1 (8 h3)
2 h2 r1/3Olle JohanssonSWE1:00.5 (2 h2)
3 h1 r1/3Iosif NovacROU1:00.5 (3 h1)
3 h2 r1/3Neo Chwee KokSGP1:00.6 (3 h2)
3 h5 r1/3Juan LanzMEX1:00.9 (3 h5)
3 h7 r1/3Alberto IsaacMEX– (DNS h2)
4 h1 r1/3René MuñizMEX1:00.5 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/3Frank O'NeillAUS1:00.6 (4 h2)
4 h4 r1/3Federico ZwanckARG1:01.2 (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/3Michel VandammeFRA1:00.9 (4 h5)
4 h6 r1/3Roberto QueraltESP1:01.6 (4 h6)
4 h7 r1/3Marcelo TrabuccoARG1:01.5 (4 h7)
4 h8 r1/3Dennis FordRSA1:01.3 (4 h8)
4 h9 r1/3Peter SalmonCAN1:01.0 (4 h9)
5 h1 r1/3Leo TelivuoFIN1:02.0 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/3Sonny MonteiroHKG1:03.1 (5 h2)
5 h4 r1/3Haroldo LaraBRA1:01.2 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/3Pentti IkonenFIN1:01.1 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/3Aram BoghossianBRA1:02.0 (5 h6)
5 h7 r1/3Dorri Abdel KaderEGY1:02.3 (5 h7)
5 h8 r1/3Per OlsenNOR1:02.1 (5 h8)
5 h9 r1/3Lars SvantessonSWE1:01.4 (5 h9)
6 h1 r1/3Ricardo CondeESP1:02.6 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/3Robert CookBER1:04.1 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/3Hernán AvilésCHI1:02.8 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/3Fernando MadeiraPOR1:02.6 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/3Oscar SaizVEN1:01.7 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/3Mauno ValkeinenFIN1:02.5 (6 h6)
6 h7 r1/3Guilherme PatroniPOR1:03.7 (6 h7)
6 h8 r1/3Alfonso BuonocoreITA1:02.3 (6 h8)
6 h9 r1/3José ValdésGUA1:04.5 (6 h9)
7 h1 r1/3David BuchISR1:05.6 (7 h1)
7 h3 r1/3Walter BardgettBER1:04.4 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/3Isaac MansoorIND1:10.8 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/3Abdel Aziz El-ShafeiEGY1:02.0 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/3Nguyễn Văn PhanVNM1:05.0 (7 h6)
7 h7 r1/3Michel CurratSUI1:07.2 (7 h7)
7 h8 r1/3Geoffrey MarksSRI1:04.1 (7 h8)
DNSWu ChuanyuCHN– (DNS h4)
DNSSachin NagIND– (DNS h9)
DNSO. PatiagaITA– (DNS h7)
DNSRoar WoldumNOR– (DNS h9)
DNSLars KroghNOR– (DNS h6)

Round One (26 July 1952 — 17:00)

Fastest 24 advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

15Yoshihiro HamaguchiJPN58.0Q
22Aldo EminenteFRA58.2Q
36Iosif NovacROU1:00.5
41René MuñizMEX1:00.5
53Leo TelivuoFIN1:02.0
67Ricardo CondeESP1:02.6
74David BuchISR1:05.6

Heat Two

15Ronald RobertsGBR59.5Q
27Olle JohanssonSWE1:00.5
36Neo Chwee KokSGP1:00.6
41Frank O'NeillAUS1:00.6
54Sonny MonteiroHKG1:03.1
63Robert CookBER1:04.1
DNS2Alberto IsaacMEX

Heat Three

13Rex AubreyAUS58.2Q
27Alex JanyFRA58.9Q
32Lev BalandinURS58.9Q
46John DurrRSA1:00.0Q
55Cheung Kin ManHKG1:00.3Q
64Hernán AvilésCHI1:02.8
71Walter BardgettBER1:04.4

Heat Four

13Dick ClevelandUSA57.8Q
28Hiroshi SuzukiJPN58.0Q
32Carlo PedersoliITA58.8Q
44Federico ZwanckARG1:01.2
51Haroldo LaraBRA1:01.2
67Fernando MadeiraPOR1:02.6
76Isaac MansoorIND1:10.8
DNS5Wu ChuanyuCHN

Heat Five

14Ronald GoraUSA58.0Q
22György IpacsHUN59.1Q
31Juan LanzMEX1:00.9
43Michel VandammeFRA1:00.9
56Pentti IkonenFIN1:01.1
67Oscar SaizVEN1:01.7
75Abdel Aziz El-ShafeiEGY1:02.0

Heat Six

12Göran LarssonSWE57.5Q
24Clarke ScholesUSA58.3Q
33Nicasio SilverioCUB1:00.0Q
46Roberto QueraltESP1:01.6
57Aram BoghossianBRA1:02.0
68Mauno ValkeinenFIN1:02.5
71Nguyễn Văn PhanVNM1:05.0
DNS5Lars KroghNOR

Heat Seven

13Jack WardropGBR58.9Q
25Lucien BeaumontCAN1:00.4Q
37Alberto IsaacMEX1:01.4
41Marcelo TrabuccoARG1:01.5
52Dorri Abdel KaderEGY1:02.3
66Guilherme PatroniPOR1:03.7
74Michel CurratSUI1:07.2
DNS7O. PatiagaITA

Heat Eight

16Toru GotoJPN58.3Q
24Joris TjebbesNED59.1Q
31Endel EdasiURS1:00.1Q
47Dennis FordRSA1:01.3
52Per OlsenNOR1:02.1
65Alfonso BuonocoreITA1:02.3
73Geoffrey MarksSRI1:04.1

Heat Nine

14Géza KádasHUN58.4Q
28Thomas WelshGBR59.5Q
32Vladimir SkomarovskyURS1:00.0Q
41Peter SalmonCAN1:01.0
56Lars SvantessonSWE1:01.4
63José ValdésGUA1:04.5
DNS5Sachin NagIND
DNS7Roar WoldumNOR

Semi-Finals (27 July 1952)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One

1Clarke ScholesUSA57.1QOR
2Göran LarssonSWE57.8Q
3Yoshihiro HamaguchiJPN58.3q
4Aldo EminenteFRA58.3q
5Carlo PedersoliITA58.9
6Jack WardropGBR59.4
7Endel EdasiURS59.8
8Nicasio SilverioCUB59.9

Heat Two

1Géza KádasHUN57.8Q
2Hiroshi SuzukiJPN58.0Q
3Dick ClevelandUSA58.6
4Lev BalandinURS58.8
5Joris TjebbesNED59.8
6John DurrRSA1:00.2
7Thomas WelshGBR1:00.3
8Cheung Kin ManHKG1:00.9

Heat Three

1Ronald GoraUSA57.7Q
2Rex AubreyAUS57.8Q
3Toru GotoJPN58.3q
4Alex JanyFRA58.9
5Lucien BeaumontCAN59.3
6György IpacsHUN59.4
7Ronald RobertsGBR59.5
8Vladimir SkomarovskyURS1:01.1

Tie-Breaking Heat

1Toru GotoJPN58.5Q
2Aldo EminenteFRA58.8Q
3Yoshihiro HamaguchiJPN59.1

Final (27 July 1952 — 17:00)

1Clarke ScholesUSA57.4
2Hiroshi SuzukiJPN57.4
3Göran LarssonSWE58.2
4Toru GotoJPN58.5
5Géza KádasHUN58.6
6Rex AubreyAUS58.7
7Aldo EminenteFRA58.7
8Ronald GoraUSA58.8