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Swimming at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Olympic Park Swimming Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 11, 1932
Date Finished: August 13, 1932

Gold: JPN Yoshiyuki Tsuruta
Silver: JPN Reizo Koike
Bronze: PHI Teófilo Yldefonso

Summary

The world record holder Leonard Spence, a Guyanan who would later compete for Bermuda in international competition, was not present in Los Angeles, so the man who had blazed a trail for Japan at the Amsterdam Olympics, the defending champion Yoshiyuki Tsuruta, was considered the man to beat. The final was a high water mark for Asian swimmers as the seemingly obligatory three Japanese racers were joined by two from the Philippines. Only Erwin Sietas of Germany represented the rest of the world but it was he who led the field for the majority of the race. The German faded out of the medals in the closing stages and Tsuruta became the first man to retain a breaststroke title as he defeated his fellow countryman, Reizo Koike, by a second. Teófilo Yldefonso of the Philippines repeated his Amsterdam performance in third. Yldefonso was captured in World War II and died in a Japanese prison camp after being a participant in the infamous Bataan Death March.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yoshiyuki Tsuruta 28 Japan JPN Gold
2 Reizo Koike 16 Japan JPN Silver
3 Teófilo Yldefonso 29 Philippines PHI Bronze
4 Erwin Sietas 22 Germany GER
5 Jikirum Adjaluddin 21 Philippines PHI
6 Shigeo Nakagawa 22 Japan JPN
4 h1 r2/3 Ulysse Cartonnet 20 France FRA
4 h2 r2/3 Walter Spence 31 Canada CAN
5 h1 r2/3 Toivo Reingoldt 26 Finland FIN
3 h2 r1/3 Justo José Caraballo 17 Argentina ARG
3 h3 r1/3 Alfred Schoebel 21 France FRA
4 h1 r1/3 Basil Francis 17 United States USA
4 h2 r1/3 Edwin Moles 23 United States USA
4 h3 r1/3 John Paulsen 18 United States USA
5 h1 r1/3 Sigfrid Heyner 23 Sweden SWE
5 h2 r1/3 Dick Wyndham Canada CAN
5 h3 r1/3 Pablo Zierold Mexico MEX
6 h1 r1/3 Harry Forsell Brazil BRA