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Swimming at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Antwerp Swimming Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 22, 1920
Date Finished: September 1, 1920

Gold: USA Duke Kahanamoku
Silver: USA Pua Kele Kealoha
Bronze: USA Bill Harris


The race was expected to be between [Norman Ross], who had won the event at the 1919 Inter-Allied Games, and [Duke Kahanamoku], the defending Olympic champion, but The Duke was far the better sprinter. The Olympic record was 1:02.4, set by Kahanamoku in the 1912 semi-finals. He also held the world record, having recorded 1:01.4 in 1918. In the finals, Kahanamoku won easily, with Ross fourth. [William Herald] of Australia filed a protest, claiming that Ross had fouled him. Ross was disqualified and the final re-swum. The finish was exactly the same, except for the absence of Ross. Kahanamoku broke his world record in the first final and equalled the existing mark in the re-swim.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Duke Kahanamoku 29 United States USA Gold
2 Pua Kele Kealoha 17 United States USA Silver
3 Bill Harris 22 United States USA Bronze
4 Billy Herald 19 Australia AUS
AC r3/3 Norman Ross 23 United States USA DQ
3 h1 r3/4 George Vernot 19 Canada CAN
4 h1 r3/4 Agostino Frassinetti Italy ITA
4 h2 r3/4 Ivan Stedman 25 Australia AUS
5 h1 r3/4 Václav Bucháček Czechoslovakia TCH
5 h2 r3/4 Orvar Trolle 20 Sweden SWE
6 h1 r3/4 Harry Hay Australia AUS
6 h2 r3/4 Keith Kirkland 19 Australia AUS
7 h2 r3/4 Ko Korsten 24 Netherlands NED
3 h1 r1/4 Jean van Silfhout 18 Netherlands NED
3 h2 r1/4 Ângelo Gammaro 24 Brazil BRA
3 h3 r1/4 Henri Padou, Sr. 21 France FRA
3 h5 r1/4 Mario Massa 27 Italy ITA
3 h6 r1/4 John Dickin Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r1/4 Georges Pouilley France FRA
4 h2 r1/4 Harold Annison 24 Great Britain GBR
4 h3 r1/4 Martial Van Schelle 20 Belgium BEL
4 h4 r1/4 Léon Pesch Luxembourg LUX
4 h5 r1/4 Rémi Weil 20 France FRA
4 h6 r1/4 Alfred Steen 23 Norway NOR
5 h1 r1/4 Albert Dickin Great Britain GBR
5 h3 r1/4 Jean Jenni Switzerland SUI
5 h4 r1/4 Leslie Savage 23 Great Britain GBR
5 h5 r1/4 Masaren Uchida 22 Japan JPN
6 h3 r1/4 Kenkichi Saito 25 Japan JPN
6 h4 r1/4 Orlando Amêndola Brazil BRA
7 h4 r1/4 Gérard Blitz 18 Belgium BEL