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Swimming at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Olympic Park Swimming Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 6, 1932
Date Finished: August 7, 1932

Gold: JPN Yasuji Miyazaki
Silver: JPN Tatsugo Kawaishi
Bronze: USA Albert Schwartz


The [Johnny Weissmuller] era of sprint freestyle swimming having been ended by a Hollywood movie contract, a new generation of swimmers, spearheaded by a wave of brilliant young Japanese teenagers, emerged at the Los Angeles Games. At the forefront of the youth invasion was [Yasuji Miyazaki] who was still two months short of his sixteenth birthday when he lined up for the final. Miyazaki’s qualifying performances, including an Olympic record in the semi-final, had been earned him the title of favourite and he lived up to this billing in the final. The race itself was a close one, only 1.3 seconds covered all six men, but Miyazaki reached the finish clear of his fellow Japanese, [Tatsugo Kawaishi] . The six competitors in the final were an even split between the USA and Japan, indeed only one Japanese male swimmer missed a final in L.A. The 1928 silver medallist [István Bárány] did not reach the final although film of his semi-final suggested that he may have finished second, and not fourth as the judges insisted. Tatsugo Kawaishi later served in the Japanese navy and was just thirty-three when he was killed in action during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yasuji Miyazaki 15 Japan JPN Gold
2 Tatsugo Kawaishi 20 Japan JPN Silver
3 Albert Schwartz 24 United States USA Bronze
4 Manuella Kalili 19 United States USA
5 Zenjiro Takahashi 20 Japan JPN
6 Raymond Thompson 21 United States USA
4 h1 r2/3 István Bárány 24 Hungary HUN
4 h2 r2/3 Walter Spence 31 Canada CAN
5 h1 r2/3 András Székely 23 Hungary HUN
3 h1 r1/3 Munroe Bourne 22 Canada CAN
3 h3 r1/3 Alfredo Rocca 24 Argentina ARG
3 h4 r1/3 Abdurahman Ali 21 Philippines PHI
4 h1 r1/3 Reg Sutton 23 Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r1/3 András Wanié 21 Hungary HUN
4 h3 r1/3 Joseph Whiteside 25 Great Britain GBR
4 h4 r1/3 Noel Ryan Australia AUS
5 h1 r1/3 Leopoldo Tahier 21 Argentina ARG
5 h2 r1/3 Mickey Ffrench-Williams 17 Great Britain GBR
5 h3 r1/3 Eskil Lundahl 26 Sweden SWE
5 h4 r1/3 Robert Halloran Canada CAN
6 h1 r1/3 Manoel Villar 19 Brazil BRA
6 h3 r1/3 João Pereira Brazil BRA