Paul Neumann

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full namePaul•Neumann (-Newman)
Used namePaul•Neumann
Born13 June 1875 in Wien (Vienna) (AUT)
Died9 February 1932 in Wien (Vienna) (AUT)
Affiliations1.W.A.S.C., Wien (AUT)
NOC Austria


The first Austrian Olympic champion, Paul Neumann, had won the 1894 Austrian championships over 500 m. He would win his Olympic title in that same event, which was skipped by Hajós, who won the two other swimming events. Neumann also attempted the 1200 m freestyle, but this was held immediately after the 500 m, and he had to abandon the race. Neumann then moved to the US to continue his medical studies in Chicago and Philadelphia. He continued swimming, and set world records in the 2, 3, 4 and 5 miles, and won US Championships in the 880 yard and mile freestyle in 1897 and the 440yd freestyle in 1898. Neumann eventually became a physician, and founded the Austrian organisation for school doctors. He has been inducted in the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (1984) and International Swimming Hall of Fame (1986).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1896 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) AUT Paul Neumann
500 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1,200 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) DNF