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Duke Kahanamoku

Full name: Duke Paoa Kahino Makoe Hulikohoa Kahanamoku
Gender: Male
Born: August 24, 1890 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, United States
Died: January 22, 1968 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, United States
Affiliations: LAAC, Los Angeles (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming, Water Polo

Related Olympians: Brother of Sam Kahanamoku.

Medals: 3 Gold, 2 Silver (5 Total)

Biography

Duke Kahanamoku, who was named after the Duke of Edinburgh, was the first great Hawaiian swimmer. In 1911, swimming in the open sea but without any tidal advantage, he bettered the world 100y record by almost five seconds. Not surprisingly, this and some of his other marks, were viewed with skepticism by the AAU. However, after Duke had competed on the mainland and then in Europe, the world was left with no doubt that a genuine new swimming talent had arrived. He went on to set numerous world records and only Johnny Weissmuller prevented him from winning an unprecedented hat trick of Olympic 100 free titles. Kahanamoku won his second Olympic title in 1920 on his 30th birthday but his Olympic career was far from over. He won a silver medal in 1924, was an alternate on the 1928 team and in 1932, after 10 years in Hollywood, was an alternate to the water polo team. Later he went to Hollywood to be an actor. One of his films triggered the boom of surfing. His bronze monument can be seen at the Waikiki beach in Honolulu.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle United States USA 1 Gold
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 2 Silver
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Water Polo Men's Water Polo United States USA 6
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle United States USA 1 Gold
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR
1924 Summer 33 Paris Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle United States USA 2 Silver

Men's Water Polo

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Swimming United States Final 1 1:03.4
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Three 1 QU/=WR 1:02.4
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Swimming United States Quarter-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 1:03.8
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Swimming United States Round One Heat Five 1 QU/WR 1:02.6
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Swimming United States Final 1 1:01.4
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Swimming United States First Final 1 =WR 1:00.4
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU/OR 1:01.4
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Swimming United States Round One Heat One 1 QU/OR 1:01.8
1924 Summer 33 Paris Swimming United States Final 2 1:01.4
1924 Summer 33 Paris Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 1:01.6
1924 Summer 33 Paris Swimming United States Round One Heat One 2 QU 1:04.2

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Swimming United States USA Final 2 10:20.2
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Swimming United States USA Round One Heat One 1 QU/WR 10:26.4
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Swimming United States USA Final 1 WR 10:04.4
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Swimming United States USA Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 10:20.4
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