Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Olympic Park Swimming Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 9, 1932
Date Finished: August 9, 1932
Format: Final only.
An illustration of how standards in this event have improved since the previous Olympics came when the Canadian swam to within a tenth of a second of the Olympic record but found themselves outside the medals and over a length of the pool behind the winners. The Japanese foursome with 100m champion [Yasuji Miyazaki] in the roster swam a time over half a minute inside the old world mark, an average of over eight seconds per man. The USA were a clear second with the other teams trailing badly. During the Games the Japanese became the first country to experiment with the use of bottled Oxygen before competition. [Roberto Peper] of the sixth placed Argentine team was to serve as a member of the IOC for over twenty years until his death in 1999.