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Swimming at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Stadium, Imperial Sports Field, Berlin
Date Started: August 12, 1936
Date Finished: August 14, 1936

Gold: USA Adolph Kiefer
Silver: USA Al Vande Weghe
Bronze: JPN Masaji Kiyokawa

Summary

Masaji Kiyokowa returned to defend his title but the four years since Los Angeles had seen the emergence of Adolph Kiefer. Kiefer’s father had been a swimming instructor in the German army and Keifer was to arrive in his father’s homeland as the world record holder. Kiefer was already clearly ahead at the halfway point, and was never threatened during the race. He broke the Olympic record and finished ahead of fellow American Al Vande Weghe who moved past Kiyokawa in the closing stages. The race was watched by a relatively small crowd, the result of bad weather and a clash with the handball final.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Adolph Kiefer 18 United States USA Gold OR
2 Al Vande Weghe 20 United States USA Silver
3 Masaji Kiyokawa 23 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Taylor Drysdale 22 United States USA
5 Kiichi Yoshida 17 Japan JPN
6 Yasuhiko Kojima 17 Japan JPN
7 Percy Oliver 17 Australia AUS
4 h2 r2/3 Heinz Schlauch 20 Germany GER
5 h1 r2/3 Nils Christiansen 23 Philippines PHI
5 h2 r2/3 Gordon Kerr 18 Canada CAN
6 h1 r2/3 Erwin Simon 27 Germany GER
6 h2 r2/3 Draško Vilfan 22 Yugoslavia YUG
7 h1 r2/3 Hans Schwarz 23 Germany GER
7 h2 r2/3 Jack Besford 25 Great Britain GBR
8 h1 r2/3 Björn Borg 16 Sweden SWE
8 h2 r2/3 Piet Metman 20 Netherlands NED
4 h1 r1/3 Elemér Gombos 21 Hungary HUN
4 h2 r1/3 Stans Scheffer 21 Netherlands NED
4 h4 r1/3 Boris Roolaid 19 Estonia EST
4 h5 r1/3 Ademar Caballero 17 Brazil BRA
5 h1 r1/3 Jack Middleton 19 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r1/3 Árpád Lengyel 20 Hungary HUN
5 h3 r1/3 György Erdélyi 13 Hungary HUN
5 h4 r1/3 Emmanouil Mallidis Greece GRE
5 h5 r1/3 Børge Bæth 16 Denmark DEN
6 h1 r1/3 Benvenuto Nuñes 23 Brazil BRA
6 h2 r1/3 Munroe Bourne 26 Canada CAN
6 h3 r1/3 Marcel Neumann 21 Luxembourg LUX
6 h5 r1/3 Alfonso Casasempere 26 Chile CHI
7 h2 r1/3 Antônio Amaral Filho 15 Brazil BRA