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200 metres Freestyle, Men

Date11 – 12 August 1900
StatusOlympic
LocationSeine, Pont de Courbevoie – Pont d'Asnières, Paris
Participants26 from 10 countries

This event should have been a contest between Fred Lane of Australia and John Henry “Rob” Derbyshire of Great Britain. Lane was Australian champion at 100 yards in 1898, New Zealand champion at 220 yards and 440 yards in 1899, and British champion at 100 yards (1902), 220 yards (1899-1900, 1902), and 440 yards (1899). At the Olympics, he actually competed with the British team. Derbyshire was the British 100 yard champion from 1898-1901, and had won the 220 yard titled in 1898. In 1900, Lane and Derbyshire tied for the British 220 yard championship. Unfortunately, Derbyshire was sick with a stomach virus and elected not to compete in Paris, which left Britain’s top entrant as Robert Crawshaw, who was primarily a breaststroke and backstroke specialist. In Derbyshire’s absence, Hungary’s Zoltán von Halmay was Lane’s chief competition.

Both Halmay and Lane qualified easily, although the fastest time in the heats was posted by Austria’s Karl Ruberl with 2:22.6 in the fifth heat. In the final, held the next day, Lane won quite easily besting Halmay by over six seconds. The times for the race are very quick for the time, as the race was swum downstream in the River Seine. None could be considered for record purposes.

PosSwimmerNOCR1Final
1Fred LaneAUS2:59.0 (1 h3)2:25.2 (1)Gold
2Zoltán HalmayHUN2:38.0 (1 h2)2:31.4 (2)Silver
3Karl RuberlAUT2:22.6 (1 h5)2:32.0 (3)Bronze
4Robert CrawshawGBR2:40.0 (2 h1)2:45.6 (4)
5Maurice HochepiedFRA2:48.0 (4 h5)2:53.0 (5)
6Frederick StapletonGBR– (DNS h4)2:55.0 (6)
7Jules ClévenotFRA3:05.0 (1 h4)2:56.2 (7)
8Julius FreyGER2:50.4 (3 h1)2:58.2 (8)
9Louis MartinFRA2:47.4 (3 h5)– (9)
1 h1 r1/2Otto WahleAUT2:35.6 (1 h1)– (DNS)
2 h2 r1/2Peter KempGBR2:51.0 (2 h2)– (DNS)
2 h3 r1/2René TartaraFRA3:13.0 (2 h3)
2 h4 r1/2Herman de ByNED3:10.4 (2 h4)
3 h2 r1/2R. FéretFRA3:12.2 (3 h2)
3 h3 r1/2Victor HochepiedFRA3:46.6 (3 h3)
3 h4 r1/2Fred HendschelUSA3:42.0 (3 h4)
4 h1 r1/2Erik ErikssonSWE3:05.8 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/2Victor CadetFRA3:24.0 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/2 TexierFRA3:47.0 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/2Richard von ForeggerAUT4:32.0 (4 h4)
5 h1 r1/2Paolo BussettiITA3:35.0 (5 h1)
5 h3 r1/2Paul PeyrussonFRA3:47.6 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/2Jacques LéautéFRA4:39.4 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/2A. AdamFRA4:28.0 (5 h5)
6 h5 r1/2 RonauxFRA4:36.4 (6 h5)
AC h3 r1/2 PujolFRA– (AC h3)DNF
DNSFernand FeyaertsBEL– (DNS h1)
DNSErnest MartinFRA– (DNS h1)
DNSGeorges LeuillieuxFRA– (DNS h2)
DNSDésiré MérchezFRA– (DNS h4)
DNS AbelFRA– (DNS h1)
DNS BersetFRA– (DNS h4)
DNS BossardFRA– (DNS h3)
DNSM. CadetFRA– (DNS h2)
DNS CoigneuxFRA– (DNS h3)
DNS DonyFRA– (DNS h1)
DNS GilleFRA– (DNS h1)
DNS KodanFRA– (DNS h1)
DNSM. MahielFRA– (DNS h5)
DNS MongeFRA– (DNS h2)
DNS PesconFRA– (DNS h2)
DNS RoquesFRA– (DNS h2)
DNS SoulignacFRA– (DNS h5)
DNS TennissenFRA– (DNS h5)
DNSRob DerbyshireGBR– (DNS h2)
DNSWilliam HenryGBR– (DNS h5)
DNSAlbert CampbellGBR– (DNS h1)
DNSA. J. GoughGBR– (DNS h4)
DNSErnst LührsenGER– (DNS h2)
DNSGustav LexauGER– (DNS h4)
DNSChristian KrethGER– (DNS h3)
DNSBruno SchwarzGER– (DNS h3)
DNSGiuseppe BonfantiITA– (DNS h3)
DNSJohannes DrostNED– (DNS h5)
DNSBill TuttleUSA– (DNS h5)

Round One (11 August 1900 — 10:00)

Winner and five fastest losers advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
1Otto WahleAUT2:35.6QOR
2Robert CrawshawGBR2:40.0q
3Julius FreyGER2:50.4q
4Erik ErikssonSWE3:05.8
5Paolo BussettiITA3:35.0
DNSFernand FeyaertsBEL
DNSErnest MartinFRA
DNS AbelFRA
DNS DonyFRA
DNS GilleFRA
DNS KodanFRA
DNSAlbert CampbellGBR

Heat Two

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
1Zoltán HalmayHUN2:38.0Q
2Peter KempGBR2:51.0q
3R. FéretFRA3:12.2
4Victor CadetFRA3:24.0
DNSGeorges LeuillieuxFRA
DNSM. CadetFRA
DNS MongeFRA
DNS PesconFRA
DNS RoquesFRA
DNSRob DerbyshireGBR
DNSErnst LührsenGER

Heat Three

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
1Fred LaneAUS2:59.0Q
2René TartaraFRA3:13.0
3Victor HochepiedFRA3:46.6
4 TexierFRA3:47.0
5Paul PeyrussonFRA3:47.6
AC PujolFRADNF
DNS BossardFRA
DNS CoigneuxFRA
DNSChristian KrethGER
DNSBruno SchwarzGER
DNSGiuseppe BonfantiITA

Heat Four

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
1Jules ClévenotFRA3:05.0Q
2Herman de ByNED3:10.4
3Fred HendschelUSA3:42.0
4Richard von ForeggerAUT4:32.0
5Jacques LéautéFRA4:39.4
DNSDésiré MérchezFRA
DNS BersetFRA
DNSFrederick StapletonGBR
DNSA. J. GoughGBR
DNSGustav LexauGER

Heat Five

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
1Karl RuberlAUT2:22.6QOR
2Frederick StapletonGBR2:47.0q1
3Louis MartinFRA2:47.4q2
4Maurice HochepiedFRA2:48.0q
5A. AdamFRA4:28.0
6 RonauxFRA4:36.4
DNSM. MahielFRA
DNS SoulignacFRA
DNS TennissenFRA
DNSWilliam HenryGBR
DNSJohannes DrostNED
DNSBill TuttleUSA

Final (12 August 1900 — 14:30)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
1Fred LaneAUS2:25.2
2Zoltán HalmayHUN2:31.4
3Karl RuberlAUT2:32.0
4Robert CrawshawGBR2:45.6
5Maurice HochepiedFRA2:53.0
6Frederick StapletonGBR2:55.0
7Jules ClévenotFRA2:56.2
8Julius FreyGER2:58.2
9Louis MartinFRA
DNSOtto WahleAUT
DNSPeter KempGBR