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Swimming at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Olympic Park Swimming Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 10, 1932
Date Finished: August 12, 1932

Gold: JPN Masaji Kiyokawa
Silver: JPN Toshio Irie
Bronze: JPN Kentaro Kawatsu


In no result was the domination of the Japanese men felt more than in the 100 metres backstroke. Amsterdam finalist [Toshio Irie] and newcomer [Masaji Kiyokawa] eased into the final by winning their races and were joined by compatriot [Kentaro Kawatsu]. The finishing order of the final was Kiyokawa-Irie-Kawatsu, the first time Japan had made a clean sweep of the medals in any Olympic event. The main rival to the Japanese trio should have been Germany's [Ernst Küppers] but he committed a false start and seemingly unnerved by this, he finished in fifth. Masaji Kiyokawa spent twenty years as a member of the IOC and served as a vice-president of the organization.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Masaji Kiyokawa 19 Japan JPN Gold
2 Toshio Irie 20 Japan JPN Silver
3 Kentaro Kawatsu 17 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Dan Zehr 16 United States USA
5 Ernst Küppers 28 Germany GER
6 Robert Kerber 19 United States USA
4 h1 r2/3 Gordon Chalmers 21 United States USA
4 h2 r2/3 Munroe Bourne 22 Canada CAN
5 h1 r2/3 William Karlsen 22 Norway NOR
3 h1 r1/3 Robert Halloran Canada CAN
3 h3 r1/3 Jorge de Paula Brazil BRA
3 h4 r1/3 Dennis Walker 18 Canada CAN
4 h1 r1/3 Eskil Lundahl 26 Sweden SWE
4 h2 r1/3 Willie Francis 21 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r1/3 Benvenuto Nuñes 19 Brazil BRA
AC h3 r1/3 Marcel Noual France FRA DQ