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Swimming at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Antwerp Swimming Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 22, 1920
Date Finished: August 23, 1920

Gold: USA Warren Kealoha
Silver: USA Ray Kegeris
Bronze: BEL Gérard Blitz


[Watten Paoa Kealoha] set a world record of 1:14.8 in the second semi-final, breaking the mark of 1:15.6 that had been set by [Otto Fahr] (GER) in 1912. Kealoha then won the final easily, defeating three other Americans and Belgium’s [Gérard Blitz].

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Warren Kealoha 17 United States USA Gold
2 Ray Kegeris 18 United States USA Silver
3 Gérard Blitz 18 Belgium BEL Bronze
4 Perry McGillivray 26 United States USA
5 Stubby Kruger 22 United States USA
3 h1 r1/2 Gaspard Lemaire Belgium BEL
4 h1 r1/2 Asbjørn Wang 20 Norway NOR
4 h2 r1/2 George Webster 34 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r1/2 Henri Matter France FRA
5 h2 r1/2 Daniel Lehu 24 France FRA
6 h1 r1/2 George Robertson Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r1/2 Per Holmström 19 Sweden SWE