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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
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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