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Swimming at the 1924 Paris Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Tourelles Swimming Pool, Saint-Mandé
Date Started: July 19, 1924
Date Finished: July 20, 1924

Gold: USA Johnny Weissmuller
Silver: USA Duke Kahanamoku
Bronze: USA Sam Kahanamoku

Summary

Johnny Weissmuller, the world record holder in this event, started the event as a strong favourite having already won the 400 metres freestyle and anchored the US relay team to an easy triumph. His main worry for the final was the possibility of collusion between his two American team-mates, the Kahanamoku brothers Duke and Sam, to impede his progress. These worries had no foundation as the Hawaiians were more interested in seeing an American sweep of the medals than in any foul play. Although Weissmuller finished well outside his own world record, his winning margin of nearly two and a half seconds has never since been approached. The American’s victory was greeted by sustained cheering by the Parisian spectators and was one of the most popular of the entire games. Weissmuller had little time to savour his victory as he was due to play in the final of the third-place tournament for the US water polo team that same afternoon. It is worth noting that the five finalists in this event would win nineteen Olympic medals between them

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Johnny Weissmuller 19 United States USA Gold OR
2 Duke Kahanamoku 33 United States USA Silver
3 Sam Kahanamoku 21 United States USA Bronze
4 Arne Borg 22 Sweden SWE
5 Katsuo Takaishi 17 Japan JPN
3 h2 r2/3 Ernest Henry 19 Australia AUS
4 h1 r2/3 Orvar Trolle 24 Sweden SWE
4 h2 r2/3 Alfred Pycock Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r2/3 Clayton Bourne 20 Canada CAN
5 h2 r2/3 Ivan Stedman 29 Australia AUS
6 h1 r2/3 István Bárány 16 Hungary HUN
6 h2 r2/3 Alberto Zorrilla 18 Argentina ARG
3 h1 r1/3 Kazuo Onoda 23 Japan JPN
3 h2 r1/3 Torahiko Miyahata 21 Japan JPN
3 h3 r1/3 Viktor Legát Czechoslovakia TCH
3 h4 r1/3 Georg Werner 20 Sweden SWE
3 h5 r1/3 Édouard van Zeveren France FRA
3 h6 r1/3 Július Baláž 22 Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h1 r1/3 Charles Baillee 21 Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r1/3 Henri Padou, Sr. 25 France FRA
4 h3 r1/3 Charles Kopp Switzerland SUI
4 h4 r1/3 Emil Zeibig 22 France FRA
4 h5 r1/3 Moss Christie 21 Australia AUS
4 h6 r1/3 Dionysios Vasilopoulos Greece GRE
5 h1 r1/3 Vlado Smokvina Yugoslavia YUG
5 h2 r1/3 Albert Dickin Great Britain GBR
5 h4 r1/3 Gé Dekker 19 Netherlands NED
5 h5 r1/3 José Manuel Pinillo 22 Spain ESP
5 h6 r1/3 Pieter Jacobszoon 20 Netherlands NED
6 h2 r1/3 Stanislav Bičák Czechoslovakia TCH