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Swimming at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

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Events:

Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Stadium, Imperial Sports Field, Berlin
Date Started: August 12, 1936
Date Finished: August 14, 1936

Gold: USA Adolph Kiefer
Silver: USA Al Vande Weghe
Bronze: JPN Masaji Kiyokawa

Summary

[Masaji Kiyokowa] returned to defend his title but the four years since Los Angeles had seen the emergence of [Adolph Kiefer]. Kiefer’s father had been a swimming instructor in the German army and Keifer was to arrive in his father’s homeland as the world record holder. Kiefer was already clearly ahead at the halfway point, and was never threatened during the race. He broke the Olympic record and finished ahead of fellow American [Al Vande Weghe] who moved past Kiyokawa in the closing stages. The race was watched by a relatively small crowd, the result of bad weather and a clash with the handball final.

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