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Swimming at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Wembley Arena, Wembley, London
Date Started: July 30, 1948
Date Finished: July 31, 1948

Gold: USA Wally Ris
Silver: USA Alan Ford
Bronze: HUN Géza Kádas


Although the American [Alan Ford] was the world record holder, the acknowledged favourite was the teenaged French colossus [Alex Jany]. Jany moved to the final without alarm but was joined by a powerful trio of Americans. The Frenchman made a fast start and led at the 50m mark but he had mistimed his effort and faded back into the chasing pack. Ford took the lead but twenty metres from the wall he was passed by his compatriot, [Wally Ris], who edged clear to win by half a second. Ford held on for silver although he was helped by the Hungarian [Géza Kádas]’ collision with a lane divider a stroke from the end. Jany’s sister, Ginette, was so overwhelmed by the events of the race that she collapsed and had to be stretchered away from the arena. [Ari Guðmundsson] of Iceland failed to make the semi-finals but was to return to Olympic competition in 1952 as a ski-jumper in the Oslo Winter Games.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Wally Ris 24 United States USA Gold OR
2 Alan Ford 24 United States USA Silver
3 Géza Kádas 21 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Keith Carter 23 United States USA
5 Alex Jany 19 France FRA
6 Per-Olof Olsson 29 Sweden SWE
7 Zoltán Szilárd Hungary HUN
8 Taha El-Gamal 25 Egypt EGY
5 h1 r2/3 Bruce Bourke 19 Australia AUS
5 h2 r2/3 Horacio White 21 Argentina ARG
6 h1 r2/3 Martin Lundén 23 Sweden SWE
6 h2 r2/3 Elemér Szathmáry 22 Hungary HUN
7 h1 r2/3 Alberto Isaac 25 Mexico MEX
7 h2 r2/3 Ron Stedman 21 Great Britain GBR
8 h1 r2/3 Aram Boghossian 18 Brazil BRA
8 h2 r2/3 Warren Boyd 21 Australia AUS
3 h4 r1/3 Jesús Domínguez 22 Spain ESP
3 h5 r1/3 Henri Padou, Jr. 19 France FRA
4 h1 r1/3 Olle Johansson 20 Sweden SWE
4 h2 r1/3 Manuel Guerra 20 Spain ESP
4 h3 r1/3 Ali Ahmed Bagdadi 25 Egypt EGY
4 h4 r1/3 Dorri Said 21 Egypt EGY
4 h5 r1/3 Sérgio Rodrígues 18 Brazil BRA
4 h6 r1/3 Peter Salmon 18 Canada CAN
5 h1 r1/3 Plauto Guimarães Brazil BRA
5 h2 r1/3 Augusto Cantón 19 Argentina ARG
5 h3 r1/3 Eric Jubb Canada CAN
5 h4 r1/3 Fernand Martinaux France FRA
5 h5 r1/3 Wu Chuanyu 19 China CHN
5 h6 r1/3 Ari Guðmundsson 20 Iceland ISL
6 h1 r1/3 Isidoro Pérez 20 Spain ESP
6 h2 r1/3 Nicasio Silverio 17 Cuba CUB
6 h3 r1/3 Sachin Nag 28 India IND
6 h4 r1/3 Panagiotis Khatzikyriakakis Greece GRE
6 h5 r1/3 Derek Oatway 17 Bermuda BER
6 h6 r1/3 Trevor Harrop 21 Great Britain GBR
7 h1 r1/3 Isaac Monsoor 19 India IND
7 h2 r1/3 Pat Kendall Great Britain GBR
7 h6 r1/3 Raúl García 18 Cuba CUB
8 h2 r1/3 Dilip Mitra India IND
8 h6 r1/3 Walter Schneider 20 Switzerland SUI