Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Olympic Park Swimming Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 6, 1932
Date Finished: August 7, 1932
The [Johnny Weissmuller] era of sprint freestyle swimming having been ended by a Hollywood movie contract, a new generation of swimmers, spearheaded by a wave of brilliant young Japanese teenagers, emerged at the Los Angeles Games. At the forefront of the youth invasion was [Yasuji Miyazaki] who was still two months short of his sixteenth birthday when he lined up for the final. Miyazakiâs qualifying performances, including an Olympic record in the semi-final, had been earned him the title of favourite and he lived up to this billing in the final. The race itself was a close one, only 1.3 seconds covered all six men, but Miyazaki reached the finish clear of his fellow Japanese, [Tatsugo Kawaishi] . The six competitors in the final were an even split between the USA and Japan, indeed only one Japanese male swimmer missed a final in L.A. The 1928 silver medallist [IstvÃ¡n BÃ¡rÃ¡ny] did not reach the final although film of his semi-final suggested that he may have finished second, and not fourth as the judges insisted. Tatsugo Kawaishi later served in the Japanese navy and was just thirty-three when he was killed in action during the Battle of Iwo Jima.