|Start date 1960|
The men's 100 metre freestyle event at the 1960 Olympic Games took place between August 26 and 27. This swimming event used freestyle swimming, which means that the method of the stroke is not regulated (unlike backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly events). Nearly all swimmers use the front crawl or a variant of that stroke. Because an Olympic size swimming pool is 50 metres long, this race consisted of two lengths of the pool.
Seven heats were held; the swimmers with the fastest 24 times advanced to the Semifinals. Those that advanced are highlighted. This round took place on August 26.
Three heats were held; the fastest eight swimmers advanced to the Finals. The athletes that advanced are highlighted. The semifinals were held on August 26.
Key: OR = Olympic record