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Swimming at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Helsinki Swimming Stadium, Helsinki
Date Started: July 26, 1952
Date Finished: July 27, 1952

Gold: USA Clarke Scholes
Silver: JPN Hiroshi Suzuki
Bronze: SWE Göran Larsson


A record entry of 61 swimmers from 33 different nations started the 100m Freestyle heats but that did not mean that standards were diluted, 49 times of under 60 seconds were recorded which was nearly double the total from 1948. Although no one swimmer was superior to the rest, the American [Dick Cleveland] emerged as a tentative favourite after showing excellent form prior to the Games but Cleveland was to disappoint and went out at the semi-final stage along with European champion [Alex Jany] of France. [Göran Larsson] of Sweden made a quick start in the final but was passed by the blonde haired American [Clark Scholes] before the half way mark. Scholes was put under pressure by [Hiroshi Suzuki] of Japan as they raced towards the finish but he held out to win the gold medal although the official times of the two were identical. Larsson finished third whilst just a third of a second separated the other five finalists.

[Carlo Pedersoli], an Italian who reached the semi-final, had already made his film debut with a minor role in “Quo Vadis” and would go on to a career in movies, most notably as a star in Italian “spaghetti westerns” of the 1960’s under the name “Bud Spencer”.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Clarke Scholes 21 United States USA Gold
2 Hiroshi Suzuki 18 Japan JPN Silver
3 Göran Larsson 20 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Toru Goto 18 Japan JPN
5 Géza Kádas 25 Hungary HUN
6 Rex Aubrey 17 Australia AUS
7 Aldo Eminente 20 France FRA
8 Ronald Gora 19 United States USA
3 h1 r2/3 Yoshihiro Hamaguchi 26 Japan JPN
3 h2 r2/3 Dick Cleveland 22 United States USA
4 h2 r2/3 Lev Balandin Soviet Union URS
4 h3 r2/3 Alex Jany 23 France FRA
5 h1 r2/3 Carlo Pedersoli 22 Italy ITA
5 h2 r2/3 Joris Tjebbes 22 Netherlands NED
5 h3 r2/3 Lucien Beaumont 21 Canada CAN
6 h1 r2/3 Jack Wardrop 20 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r2/3 John Durr 21 South Africa RSA
6 h3 r2/3 György Ipacs 19 Hungary HUN
7 h1 r2/3 Endel Edasi 23 Soviet Union URS
7 h2 r2/3 Thomas Welsh 19 Great Britain GBR
7 h3 r2/3 Ronald Roberts 29 Great Britain GBR
8 h1 r2/3 Nicasio Silverio 21 Cuba CUB
8 h2 r2/3 Cheung Kin Man 20 Hong Kong HKG
8 h3 r2/3 Vladimir Skomarovsky Soviet Union URS
2 h2 r1/3 Olle Johansson 24 Sweden SWE
3 h1 r1/3 Iosif Novac 29 Romania ROU
3 h2 r1/3 Neo Chwee Kok 21 Singapore SIN
3 h5 r1/3 Juan Lanz 20 Mexico MEX
3 h7 r1/3 Alberto Isaac 29 Mexico MEX
4 h1 r1/3 René Muñiz Mexico MEX
4 h2 r1/3 Frank O'Neill 25 Australia AUS
4 h4 r1/3 Federico Zwanck 18 Argentina ARG
4 h5 r1/3 Michel Vandamme 22 France FRA
4 h6 r1/3 Roberto Queralt 21 Spain ESP
4 h7 r1/3 Marcelo Trabucco 18 Argentina ARG
4 h8 r1/3 Dennis Ford 21 South Africa RSA
4 h9 r1/3 Peter Salmon 22 Canada CAN
5 h1 r1/3 Leo Telivuo 22 Finland FIN
5 h2 r1/3 Sonny Monteiro 26 Hong Kong HKG
5 h4 r1/3 Haroldo Lara 18 Brazil BRA
5 h5 r1/3 Pentti Ikonen 18 Finland FIN
5 h6 r1/3 Aram Boghossian 22 Brazil BRA
5 h7 r1/3 Dorri Said 25 Egypt EGY
5 h8 r1/3 Per Olsen 17 Norway NOR
5 h9 r1/3 Lars Svantesson 19 Sweden SWE
6 h1 r1/3 Ricardo Conde 21 Spain ESP
6 h2 r1/3 Robert Cook 19 Bermuda BER
6 h3 r1/3 Hernán Avilés 22 Chile CHI
6 h4 r1/3 Fernando Madeira 20 Portugal POR
6 h5 r1/3 Oscar Saiz 19 Venezuela VEN
6 h6 r1/3 Mauno Valkeinen 22 Finland FIN
6 h7 r1/3 Guilherme Patroni 23 Portugal POR
6 h8 r1/3 Alfonso Buonocore 19 Italy ITA
6 h9 r1/3 José Valdes 19 Guatemala GUA
7 h1 r1/3 David Buch 19 Israel ISR
7 h3 r1/3 Walter Bardgett 19 Bermuda BER
7 h4 r1/3 Isaac Monsoor 23 India IND
7 h5 r1/3 Abdel Aziz El-Shafei 20 Egypt EGY
7 h6 r1/3 Nguyễn Văn Phan 23 South Vietnam VNM
7 h7 r1/3 Michel Currat 18 Switzerland SUI
7 h8 r1/3 Geoffrey Marks 20 Sri Lanka SRI