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Swimming at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Swimming Stadium, Amsterdam
Date Started: August 7, 1928
Date Finished: August 9, 1928

Gold: USA George Kojac
Silver: USA Walter Laufer
Bronze: USA Paul Wyatt


[George Kojac] emerged as a phenomenon in backstroke and, on a lesser scale, in freestyle during the second half of 1926 and set the first of his world records whilst still in high school. In Amsterdam he reached the final of the 100m freestyle and was a member of the winning US relay team but his finest performance was reserved for this event. He led American swimmers to a 1-2-3, finishing clear of [Walter Laufer] and 1924 medallist, [Paul Wyatt]. Still amongst the best in the world in 1932, he was unable to defend his title because he was working himself through Columbia Law School.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 George Kojac 18 United States USA Gold WR
2 Walter Laufer 21 United States USA Silver
3 Paul Wyatt 21 United States USA Bronze
4 Toshio Irie 16 Japan JPN
5 Ernst Küppers 23 Germany GER
6 Jack Besford 17 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r2/3 Munroe Bourne 17 Canada CAN
4 h2 r2/3 Tom Boast 22 Australia AUS
5 h1 r2/3 Eskil Lundahl 22 Sweden SWE
6 h1 r2/3 Willie Francis 17 Great Britain GBR
2 h3 r1/3 Gérard Blitz 26 Belgium BEL
3 h1 r1/3 Albert Schumburg 19 Germany GER
3 h2 r1/3 Aladár Bitskey 22 Hungary HUN
3 h3 r1/3 Len Moorhouse 24 New Zealand NZL
3 h4 r1/3 Emil Zeibig 26 France FRA
4 h1 r1/3 Roland Johansson 19 Sweden SWE
4 h2 r1/3 Johann Schulz Germany GER
4 h4 r1/3 Eugène Kuborn 25 Luxembourg LUX
4 h5 r1/3 Shourai Kimura 20 Japan JPN