This was likely the best international swimming meet to the date. All of the top swimmers of Britain, Australia, Sweden, the United States, and Hungary were present. The races were held in the 100 metre long pool which was erected in the infield of the White City Stadium, just inside the running track, on the west side of the stadium.
The quality of competition was excellent. Although at this time, world records were not ratified by any organized group, in all six races, the winning time was considered to be a world record. During the 1908 Olympics, however, specifically on 19 July, representatives from England, Ireland, Wales, Belgium, Sweden, Germany, Finland, Hungary, France and Denmark gathered and formed the international swimming federation which has since become known as the Fédération Internationale de Natation Amateur (FINA).
|100 metres Freestyle, Men||Olympic||17 – 20 July 1908||34||12|
|400 metres Freestyle, Men||Olympic||13 – 16 July 1908||25||10|
|1,500 metres Freestyle, Men||Olympic||21 – 25 July 1908||19||8|
|4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men||Olympic||24 July 1908||24||6|
|100 metres Backstroke, Men||Olympic||16 – 17 July 1908||21||11|
|200 metres Breaststroke, Men||Olympic||15 – 18 July 1908||27||10|
|100 (100/0)||14 (14/0)|
|100 metres Freestyle, Men||Charlie Daniels||USA||Zoltán Halmay||HUN||Harald Julin||SWE|
|400 metres Freestyle, Men||Henry Taylor||GBR||Frank Beaurepaire||ANZ||Otto Scheff||AUT|
|1,500 metres Freestyle, Men||Henry Taylor||GBR||Sydney Battersby||GBR||Frank Beaurepaire||ANZ|
|4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men||Great Britain||GBR||Hungary||HUN||United States||USA|
|100 metres Backstroke, Men||Arno Bieberstein||GER||Ludvig Dam||DEN||Bert Haresnape||GBR|
|200 metres Breaststroke, Men||Fred Holman||GBR||William Robinson||GBR||Pontus Hanson||SWE|