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KAHANAMOKU Duke Paoa
KAHANAMOKU Duke Paoa

Duke KAHANAMOKU

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The Father of Modern Surfing

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.

Kahanamoku returned to the Olympics in 1924 and finished second to Johnny Weissmuller in the 100m freestyle. Duke's brother, Sam, placed third in the same race.

In 1920 Duke also represented the United States in water polo. Kahanamoku later acted in minor parts in 28 Hollywood films and played a major role in introducing the sport of surfing around the world.

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The Father of Surfing wins another Olympic gold - Swimming - Antwerp 1920 Olympic Games

The Hawaii born, Duke Kahanamoku had won an Olympic gold medal for the first time in the Stockholm 1912 Olympic Games. In Antwerp 1920, eight years later, not only did he take his second 100 meters freestyle Olympic gold medal, but also broke his own Olympic record .

 

“The Duke”, as he was commonly known, later came to win a third Olympic medal in the men’s 4x200m relay in Antwerp 1920 Olympic Games. His Olympic medal record still included two more silver medals from Stockholm in 1912 and Paris in 1924.

 

As a passionate surfer, between his Olympic Games participations, “The Duke” travelled the world for swimming exhibitions where he presented and promoted surfing around the world. For that, the man of many nicknames, Duke Kahanamoku became also known as the “Father of Surfing”.

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Los Angeles 1932-KAHANAMOKU Duke Paoa (USA) , 2nd 1912, 1st 1920.
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Los Angeles 1932- Duke KAHANAMOKU, Miss Earhart PUTMAN, Paavo NURMI, Douglas FAIRBANKS, Arthur JONATH.
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Antwerp 1920 - Kahanamoku Duke

Antwerp 1920 - Kahanamoku Duke
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Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lane 5 of the USA preparing to start a race in a Swimming event

7 Jul-12 Sep 1920: Duke Paoa Kahanamoku (Lane #5) of the USA preparing to start a race in a Swimming event at the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium. Kahanamoku won gold medals in the 100 Metres Freestyle and the 4 x 200 Metres Freestyle events. \ Mandatory Credit: IOC Olympic Museum /Allsport
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Antwerp 1920-American swimmers (USA), ROSS Norman on left and KAHANAMOKU Duke Paoa on right.

Results

  • Games
    Result
    Sport
    Event
  • S 1:01.4
    Swimming
    100m freestyle men
  • G 1:01.4
    Swimming
    100m freestyle men
    G 10:04.4
    Swimming
    4x200m freestyle relay men
  • G 1:03.4
    Swimming
    100m freestyle men
    S 10:20.2
    Swimming
    4x200m freestyle relay men

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