|Men's Single Trap||47th||-5.60|
B. 1890-08-24, Honolulu, Haw, USA; D. 1968-01-22, Honolulu
Swimming & Water Polo (3 gold, 2 silver)
|100 m Free-style||gold||gold||silver||8400||25200|
|4x200 m Free-style Relay||silver||gold||650||3250|
There are at least two versions of how Kahanamoku got his christian name
of Duke. One is that he acquiered the name because he was born in Princess
Ruth's palace in Honolulu during a visit by HRH Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh,
the second son of Queen Victoria. Another is that he was named after the
Duke of Wellington.
At Stockholm, the Americans were told there would be no semi finals, so they did not turn up. When the semi finals were then swam after all, the Americans were furious. They were allowed to swim a separate heat and would qualify for the final if they swam faster times. Kahanamoku was so enraged that he swam a World record in that heat and he went on to win gold.
At Antwerpen too there was commotion. The Australians had protested that William Herald had been boxed in by an American (this was before lane ropes were used), so the final had to be swum again. Kahanamoku's time of 1 min 00.4 sec in the first final was his third and last world record in the event, but he swam the rerun to claim his second title.
Finally at Paris, he was prevented from winning a third title by Johnny Weismuller. Like his conqueror, Kahanamoku began a film career.
He made a fifth olympic appearance in 1932, as a member of the USA Waterpolo team, but he did not enter the water.
As an expert of surfing, he introduced that sport to many parts of the world.
Olympic Competitor nr 5625
|Men's 100 m Free-style||bronze||2560|
|400 m Free-style||fourth||1600|
|1500 m Free-style||fourth||1600|
|Men's 200 metres Breaststroke||R1:18th||3.84|
|Men's Featherweight (-60 kg)||silver||6000|
|Men's Ski Jumping||29th||0.024|
|Women's 400 m Freestyle||8th||256|
|Women's 400 m Individual Medley||fifth||1500|
|Men's Discus Throw||9th||sixth||1200|
|Architecture - unknown event||3 works||220.11|
Two of his three entries are for golf clubs in the Detroit area, and the titles are in different languages, so they might represent the same building - but the third is for a swimming pool, so this athlete has at least two entries. I prefer not to change the original number and leave him with three separate participations.
|Three−Day Event, Individual||13th||32|
|Three−Day Event, Team||dnf||4|
|Men's Shot Put||QU:nm||1.5|
Written 2001-10-04 - last modified 2022-06-15
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