Duke Paoa KAHANAMOKU

United States of America USA

Swimming

  • Olympic Medals
    3 G
    2 S
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Stockholm 1912
  • Year of Birth
    1890
Olympic Results

Biography

Duke Paoa KAHANAMOKU

Swimmer Duke Kahanamoku of Hawaii made his first Olympic appearance in 1912. Competing in the 100m freestyle, he equalled the world record in a qualifying heat.

In the final, he was so far ahead that at the halfway point that he was able to look back and survey the field.

Despite this pause, he won by two metres. He also earned a silver medal as a member of the U.S. freestyle team.

The 1916 Olympics were cancelled because of war, but when the Games resumed in 1920, Kahanamoku was there to defend his title. He matched his own world record in the semifinals and then broke it in the final. Because of a dispute, the final was ordered to be reswum. Undaunted, Kahanamoku won again. He added a third career gold medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay.

Olympic Results

More results
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Paris 1924

S
100 metres Freestyle
100 metres Freestyle Swimming
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Antwerp 1920

G
100 metres Freestyle
100 metres Freestyle Swimming
G
4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay
4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay Swimming
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Water Polo
Water Polo Water Polo
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Stockholm 1912

G
100 metres Freestyle
100 metres Freestyle Swimming
S
4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay
4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay Swimming