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Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Stadium, Imperial Sports Field, Berlin
Date Started: August 13, 1936
Date Finished: August 15, 1936

Gold: JPN Tetsuo Hamuro
Silver: GER Erwin Sietas
Bronze: JPN Reizo Koike

Summary

American Jack Kasley had set a new world record in March 1936 but was badly out of form by the time of the Olympics. He finished sixth in his semi-final and was eliminated along with the former record holder, Leonard Spence of Bermuda, who was disqualified. The teenaged Japanese swimmer, Tetsuo Hamuro set the fastest time in heat and semi-final and led throughout the final. Hamuro, who was known for his fast starts, initially trailed Henry Higgins and Jochen Balke but the pair, who were using the new butterfly technique, faded in the second half of the race. Hamuro was pressured in the final stages by the fast finish of Germany’s Erwin Sietas but held on for victory. Sietas finished in 4th place in 1928 and 1936 but, with Chancellor Hitler watching, ended his career with an Olympic medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tetsuo Hamuro 18 Japan JPN Gold OR
2 Erwin Sietas 26 Germany GER Silver
3 Reizo Koike 20 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Herbert Higgins 20 United States USA
5 Saburo Ito 21 Japan JPN
6 Jochen Balke 18 Germany GER
7 Teófilo Yldefonso 33 Philippines PHI
4 h1 r2/3 Ray Kaye 24 United States USA
5 h1 r2/3 Jikirum Adjaluddin 25 Philippines PHI
5 h2 r2/3 Arthur Heina 21 Germany GER
6 h1 r2/3 Arsad Alpad 25 Philippines PHI
6 h2 r2/3 Jack Kasley 20 United States USA
7 h1 r2/3 Finn Jensen 21 Denmark DEN
7 h2 r2/3 Felix Erbert 18 Czechoslovakia TCH
8 h1 r2/3 Gerald Clawson 18 Canada CAN
AC h2 r2/3 Leonard Spence 27 Bermuda BER DQ
4 h2 r1/3 Erik Skou 19 Denmark DEN
4 h3 r1/3 Antônio Luiz dos Santos 22 Brazil BRA
4 h5 r1/3 Hans Malmström 23 Denmark DEN
5 h1 r1/3 Julius Edgar Arp 16 Brazil BRA
5 h2 r1/3 Percy Belvin 23 Bermuda BER
5 h3 r1/3 Mohamed Hassanein Egypt EGY
6 h2 r1/3 Bill Puddy 19 Canada CAN
AC h3 r1/3 Jorge Berroeta 18 Chile CHI DQ
AC h4 r1/3 Carlos Reed 19 Chile CHI DQ