Swimming at the 1912 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre backstroke

The men's 100 metre backstroke was a swimming event held as part of the swimming at the 1912 Summer Olympics programme.[1] It was the second appearance of the event, which had been introduced in 1908. In 1904 a 100-yard event was held. The competition was held from Tuesday July 9, 1912 to Saturday July 13, 1912.

Men's 100 metre backstroke
at the Games of the V Olympiad
DatesJuly 9–13
Competitors18 from 7 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s) Harry Hebner  United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Otto Fahr  Germany
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Paul Kellner  Germany
← 1908
1920 →

Eighteen swimmers from seven nations competed.

Records Edit

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1912 Summer Olympics.

World Record 1:15.6   Otto Fahr Magdeburg (GER) April 29, 1912
Olympic Record 1:24.6   Arno Bieberstein London (GBR) July 17, 1908

The Olympic record fell during the very first heat. Harry Hebner's 1:21.0 in the first heat stood until Hebner raced again. In the first semifinal, he bettered his own new record with a 1:20.8. He was unable to match that pace in the final, but still took the win with a finish that was over 1 second faster than the second-place swimmer.

Results Edit

Quarterfinals Edit

The top two in each heat advanced along with the fastest loser overall.

Quarterfinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1   Harry Hebner (USA) 1:21.0 QS OR
2   Otto Groß (GER) 1:24.0 QS
3   Åke Bergman (SWE) 1:33.8
  Oscar Schiele (GER) DQ

Quarterfinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1   Otto Fahr (GER) 1:22.0 QS
2   George Webster (GBR) 1:29.4 QS
3   Hugo Lundevall (SWE) 1:46.8
  János Wenk (HUN) DQ

Quarterfinal 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1   András Baronyi (HUN) 1:22.0 QS
2   Paul Kellner (GER) 1:26.0 QS
3   Harry Svendsen (NOR) 1:47.2
  Oscar Grégoire (BEL) DQ

Quarterfinal 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1   Herbert Haresnape (GBR) 1:27.0 QS
2   Erich Schultze (GER) 1:27.2 QS
3   Gunnar Sundman (SWE) 1:31.2 qs
4   John Johnsen (NOR) 1:34.2

Quarterfinal 5

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1   László Szentgróthy (HUN) 1:26.6 QS
2   Frank Sandon (GBR) 1:31.8 QS

Semifinals Edit

The top two from each heat and the faster of the two third place swimmers advanced.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1   Harry Hebner (USA) 1:20.8 QF OR
2   Otto Fahr (GER) 1:21.8 QF
3   András Baronyi (HUN) 1:26.2 qf
4   László Szentgróthy (HUN) 1:26.4
5   Erich Schultze (GER)
6   George Webster (GBR)

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1   Otto Groß (GER) 1:26.0 QF
2   Paul Kellner (GER) 1:26.2 QF
3   Herbert Haresnape (GBR) 1:26.8
4   Frank Sandon (GBR) 1:32.2
  Gunnar Sundman (SWE) 1:35.0

Final Edit

Place Swimmer Time
1   Harry Hebner (USA) 1:21.2
2   Otto Fahr (GER) 1:22.4
3   Paul Kellner (GER) 1:24.0
4   András Baronyi (HUN) 1:25.2
5   Otto Groß (GER) 1:25.8

References Edit

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games: Men's 100 metres Backstroke". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2016.

Notes Edit

  • Bergvall, Erik (ed.) (1913). Adams-Ray, Edward (trans.). (ed.). The Official Report of the Olympic Games of Stockholm 1912. Stockholm: Wahlström & Widstrand. {{cite book}}: |first= has generic name (help)
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Retrieved 29 January 2007.