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Warren Kealoha

Full name: Warren Daniels Kealoha
Gender: Male
Born: March 3, 1903 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, United States
Died: September 8, 1972 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, United States
Affiliations: Hui Makami Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

At the age of 16, Warren Kealoha of Hawaii won his first Olympic title and four years later became the first man to win two Olympic backstroke gold medals. He held the world 100m backstroke record for six years, setting his first world record in winning the Olympic title in 1920 and his fourth world record in Honolulu in 1926. This final record was short-lived – the following day Walter Laufer, who was on a European tour, bettered Kealoha’s mark. Kealoha later became a successful rancher. It is often written that Warren and Pua Kealoha were brothers but they were not, and research has not found any direct relationship between the two.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 17 Antwerpen Swimming Men's 100 metres Backstroke United States USA 1 Gold
1924 Summer 21 Paris Swimming Men's 100 metres Backstroke United States USA 1 Gold OR

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1920 Summer 17 Antwerpen Swimming United States Final 1 1:15.2
1920 Summer 17 Antwerpen Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU/WR 1:14.8
1924 Summer 21 Paris Swimming United States Final 1 OR 1:13.2
1924 Summer 21 Paris Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 1:13.6
1924 Summer 21 Paris Swimming United States Round One Heat One 1 QU/OR 1:13.4
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