|Date||11 – 12 August 1900|
|Location||Seine, Pont de Courbevoie – Pont d'Asnières, Paris|
|Participants||53 from 4 countries|
Four nations and seven teams competed, with one team, the “B” team from the Osborne Swimming Club of Manchester, England, not starting. Very little has been written about this tournament. In fact, prior to research by one of the MADmen (Mallon), team rosters had never been given for the three teams that lost in the first round. They were all given in Journal des Sports. One of the rosters, that of the German team, differs from the normaly seen team roster given in one well-known Germany source. There is also some controversy about the team composition for the champion Osborne Swimming Club of Manchester (see below); the Brussels Swimming and Water Polo Club of Belgium; and the Pupilles de Neptune de Lille team, which lost in the semis to Osborne.
The Osborne Swimming Club was the class of the tournament. They won their three matches by 12-0, 10-1, and 7-2. However, descriptions of the matches make it appear that they won as they wished, and the margins could have been larger, had they pressed the matter.
Traditionally, the British team is listed as composed of Thomas Coe, John Derbyshire, Peter Kemp, William Lister, Arthur Robertson, Eric Robinson and George Wilkinson. However, only one contemporary source listing a roster is known, which gives the seven names listed below (Henry, Crawshaw, Jarvis, Stapleton, Lindberg, Coe and Kemp). Of the “traditional” roster, Lister certainly did not compete: he died of typhoid fever in the Boer War two weeks before the Games. Wilkinson played in a match in Walsall during the Olympic tournament, and Robinson and Derbyshire played in Manchester two days after the final match. This leaves only Robertson, but there is no evidence he was even selected for the Olympic team.
|1||Osborne Swimming Club, Manchester||GBR||Gold|
|Tom Coe • Robert Crawshaw • William Henry • John Jarvis • Peter Kemp • Victor Lindberg • Frederick Stapleton|
|2||Brussels Swimming and Water Polo Club||BEL||Silver|
|Henri Cohen • Jean De Backer • Victor De Behr • Fernand Feyaerts • Oscar Grégoire • Albert Michant • Georges Romas • Guillaume Séron • Victor Sonnemans • A. R. Upton|
|=3||Libellule de Paris||FRA||Bronze|
|Jules Clévenot • Alphonse Decuyper • Louis Laufray • Henri Peslier • Auguste Pesloy • Paul Vasseur • Bill Burgess|
|=3||Pupilles de Neptune de Lille #2||FRA||Bronze|
|Auguste Camelin • Eugène Coulon • Fardel • Antoine Fiolet • Pierre Gellé • Louis Marc • Louis Martin • Désiré Mérchez|
|Hans Aniol • Paul Gebauer • Max Hainle • Georg Hax • Gustav Lexau • Fritz Scheider • Herbert von Petersdorff|
|Joseph Bertrand • Victor Cadet • Charles Devendeville • Maurice Hochepied • Jean Leclerq • Léon Tisserand • Jules Verbecke|
|=5||Pupilles de Neptune de Lille #1||FRA|
|Favier • Philippe Houben • René Lériche • Georges Leuillieux • Ernest Martin • René Tartara • Charles Treffel|
|Match #1||GBR||12 – 0||Tritons Lillois|
|Match #2||Pupilles de Neptune de Lille #2||3 – 2||GER|
|Match #3||BEL||2 – 0||Pupilles de Neptune de Lille #1|
|Match #1||GBR||10 – 1||Pupilles de Neptune de Lille #2|
|Match #2||BEL||5 – 1||Libellule de Paris|
|Match 1/2||GBR||7 – 2||BEL|