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Swimming at the 1924 Paris Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Tourelles Swimming Pool, Saint-Mandé
Date Started: July 16, 1924
Date Finished: July 18, 1924

Gold: USA Warren Kealoha
Silver: USA Paul Wyatt
Bronze: HUN Károly Bartha


This event started badly for the Americans with the disqualification, for a false start, of the Hawaiian [Henry Luning]. This turned out to be the only the blemish on a perfect record as his compatriots [Warren Paoa Kealoha] and [Paul Wyatt] proved to be a class above the rest of the competition. Kealoha repeated his triumph of Antwerp in a time and bettered his time of 1920 by two seconds, finishing clear of Wyatt with [Károly Bartha] of Hungary taking the final place on the podium. Keahola broke the world record six times in his career, taking it from 1:15.6 to 1:11.4.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Warren Kealoha 21 United States USA Gold OR
2 Paul Wyatt 17 United States USA Silver
3 Károly Bartha 16 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Gérard Blitz 22 Belgium BEL
5 Austin Rawlinson 21 Great Britain GBR
3 h2 r2/3 Emil Zeibig 22 France FRA
4 h1 r2/3 Giyo Saito 14 Japan JPN
4 h2 r2/3 James Worthington 22 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r2/3 John McDowall Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r2/3 Sven Thaulow 18 Norway NOR
6 h1 r2/3 Erik Skoglund 20 Sweden SWE
3 h2 r1/3 Aart van Wilgenburg 21 Netherlands NED
3 h3 r1/3 Jean-Pierre Moris 20 Luxembourg LUX
3 h4 r1/3 Pieter van Senus 20 Netherlands NED
3 h5 r1/3 Viktor Legát Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h1 r1/3 Maurice Ducos France FRA
4 h2 r1/3 Tsunenobu Ishida 18 Japan JPN
4 h5 r1/3 Eugène Kuborn 21 Luxembourg LUX
5 h2 r1/3 René Paulus France FRA
AC h2 r1/3 Henry Luning 19 United States USA DQ