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Swimming at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Stadium, Imperial Sports Field, Berlin
Date Started: August 8, 1936
Date Finished: August 9, 1936

Gold: HUN Ferenc Csík
Silver: JPN Masanori Yusa
Bronze: JPN Shigeo Arai


The world record for this event had passed between only three swimmers since 1912 Olympics, [Duke Kahanamoku], [Johnny Weissmuller] and, since 1934, [Peter Fick] of the USA. Fick travelled to Germany as the marginal favourite although the strength in depth of the Japanese team made sure that predicting the competition would be difficult. Fick disappointed in the final but the Japanese victory did not materialize either. Although [Ferenc Csik] was the reigning European champion, he was not expected to defeat the American or Japanese favourites but as they battled each other, Csik came through on the outside to surprise them all. Ferenc Csik would not live to see the next Olympic Games. By then a qualified doctor, he died during an air raid in 1945.

[Masanori Yusa] and [Shigeao Arai] of Japan were awarded the other medals although the actual finishing positions are a matter of debate. Photographic evidence suggests that 4th placed [Masahuru Taguchi] may in fact have been the true silver medallist with only the first and last places in the final certain to be correct.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ferenc Csík 22 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Masanori Yusa 21 Japan JPN Silver
3 Shigeo Arai 19 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Masaharu Taguchi 20 Japan JPN
5 Helmut Fischer 25 Germany GER
6 Peter Fick 22 United States USA
7 Arthur Lindegren 24 United States USA
4 h2 r2/3 Arthur Highland 24 United States USA
5T h1 r2/3 Heikki Hietanen 21 Finland FIN
5T h1 r2/3 Jikirum Adjaluddin 25 Philippines PHI
5T h1 r2/3 Draško Vilfan 22 Yugoslavia YUG
5 h2 r2/3 Bill Kendall Australia AUS
6 h2 r2/3 Hermann Heibel 24 Germany GER
7 h2 r2/3 Oszkár Abay-Nemes 22 Hungary HUN
8 h1 r2/3 Mickey Ffrench-Williams 21 Great Britain GBR
8 h2 r2/3 John Christensen 21 Denmark DEN
3 h1 r1/3 Rom Gabrielsen 19 Great Britain GBR
3 h3 r1/3 Heiko Schwartz 24 Germany GER
3 h4 r1/3 Ödön Gróf 21 Hungary HUN
3 h5 r1/3 George Larson 24 Canada CAN
3 h6 r1/3 Frederick Dove 18 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r1/3 Bob Hamerton 25 Canada CAN
4 h2 r1/3 Egon Roolaid 17 Estonia EST
4 h3 r1/3 Munroe Bourne 26 Canada CAN
4 h4 r1/3 Leonard Spence 27 Bermuda BER
4 h5 r1/3 Zaki Saad al-Dine Egypt EGY
4 h6 r1/3 José Obial 22 Philippines PHI
4 h7 r1/3 Piet Stam 17 Netherlands NED
5 h1 r1/3 Paulo Tarrto 22 Brazil BRA
5 h2 r1/3 René Cavalero 18 France FRA
5 h3 r1/3 Isaac Moraes 22 Brazil BRA
5 h4 r1/3 Claude Desusclade 17 France FRA
5 h5 r1/3 Juan Paz 24 Peru PER
5 h6 r1/3 Leônidas da Silva 22 Brazil BRA
5 h7 r1/3 Poul Petersen 23 Denmark DEN
6 h1 r1/3 Mahmoud Kadri 18 Egypt EGY
6 h2 r1/3 Sjoerd Mooi Wilten 22 Netherlands NED
6 h3 r1/3 Günther Zobernig 20 Austria AUT
6 h4 r1/3 Rikhardos Brousalis Greece GRE
6 h5 r1/3 Spyridon Mavrogiorgos Greece GRE
6 h6 r1/3 John Young 19 Bermuda BER
6 h7 r1/3 Roger Zirilli 25 Switzerland SUI
7 h1 r1/3 Arturo Álvarez Calderón 16 Peru PER
7 h2 r1/3 Alberto Conrad 26 Bolivia BOL
8 h1 r1/3 Charlie Chan 25 China CHN