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Swimming at the 1924 Paris Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Tourelles Swimming Pool, Saint-Mandé
Date Started: July 16, 1924
Date Finished: July 18, 1924

Gold: USA Warren Kealoha
Silver: USA Paul Wyatt
Bronze: HUN Károly Bartha

Summary

This event started badly for the Americans with the disqualification, for a false start, of the Hawaiian Henry Luning. This turned out to be the only the blemish on a perfect record as his compatriots Warren Paoa Kealoha and Paul Wyatt proved to be a class above the rest of the competition. Kealoha repeated his triumph of Antwerp in a time and bettered his time of 1920 by two seconds, finishing clear of Wyatt with Károly Bartha of Hungary taking the final place on the podium. Keahola broke the world record six times in his career, taking it from 1:15.6 to 1:11.4.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Warren Kealoha 21 United States USA Gold OR
2 Paul Wyatt 17 United States USA Silver
3 Károly Bartha 16 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Gérard Blitz 22 Belgium BEL
5 Austin Rawlinson 21 Great Britain GBR
3 h2 r2/3 Emil Zeibig 22 France FRA
4 h1 r2/3 Giyo Saito 14 Japan JPN
4 h2 r2/3 James Worthington 22 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r2/3 John McDowall Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r2/3 Sven Thaulow 18 Norway NOR
6 h1 r2/3 Erik Skoglund 20 Sweden SWE
3 h2 r1/3 Aart van Wilgenburg 21 Netherlands NED
3 h3 r1/3 Jean-Pierre Moris 20 Luxembourg LUX
3 h4 r1/3 Pieter van Senus 20 Netherlands NED
3 h5 r1/3 Viktor Legát Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h1 r1/3 Maurice Ducos France FRA
4 h2 r1/3 Tsunenobu Ishida 18 Japan JPN
4 h5 r1/3 Eugène Kuborn 21 Luxembourg LUX
5 h2 r1/3 René Paulus France FRA
AC h2 r1/3 Henry Luning 19 United States USA DQ