Swimming at the 1900 Summer Olympics

Dates 11 – 19 August 1900
Medal Events 7

The 1900 swimming events were held in the River Seine at the Basins d’Asnières-Courbevoie. Some of the events, notably the 200 metre freestyle, were swum downstream, which made the times for the races artificially quick. The temperature on the first two days – 11-12 August – was over 35° C. (95° F.).

The 1900 Olympic swimming events were basically a European Championship. The best swimmers of France, Germany, and Great Britain were present in Paris in 1900. Both The New York Herald (Paris Edition) and The Field noted that the British swimmers were in their top rank. However, among the great Australian swimmers, only Fred Lane competed. Notably, Australia’s Richard Cavill and Barney Kieran were not at the Olympics. The Americans entered only three swimmers, none in their top class, and only two of these competed.

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
200 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic 11 – 12 August 1900 26 9
1,000 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic 11 – 12 August 1900 16 6
4,000 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic 15 – 19 August 1900 29 7
200 metres Backstroke, Men Olympic 11 – 12 August 1900 16 7
Underwater Swimming, Men Olympic 12 August 1900 14 4
200 metres Obstacle Course, Men Olympic 11 – 12 August 1900 12 4
200 metres Team Swimming, Men Olympic 11 August 1900 18 2
76 (76/0) 11 (11/0)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
200 metres Freestyle, Men Fred LaneGBR Zoltán HalmayHUN Karl RuberlAUT
1,000 metres Freestyle, Men John JarvisGBR Otto WahleAUT Zoltán HalmayHUN
4,000 metres Freestyle, Men John JarvisGBR Zoltán HalmayHUN Louis MartinFRA
200 metres Backstroke, Men Ernst HoppenbergGER Karl RuberlAUT Johannes DrostNED
Underwater Swimming, Men Charles DevendevilleFRA André SixFRA Peder LykkebergDEN
200 metres Obstacle Course, Men Fred LaneGBR Otto WahleAUT Peter KempGBR
200 metres Team Swimming, Men Deutscher Schwimm Verband BerlinGER Tritons LilloisFRA Pupilles de Neptune de LilleFRA

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Great Britain GBR 4 0 1 5
Germany GER 2 0 0 2
France FRA 1 2 2 5
Austria AUT 0 3 1 4
Hungary HUN 0 2 1 3
Denmark DEN 0 0 1 1
Netherlands NED 0 0 1 1