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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

Summary

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 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 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