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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.

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