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400 metres Freestyle, Men

Date27 April 1906
LocationOrmos Falirou, Peiraias
Participants13 from 7 countries
FormatFinal only.

Barney Kieran had won the 1905 ASA title at this distance, but the 1906-07 champion would be Britain’s Henry Taylor. The AAU champion from 1906-10 was Charlie Daniels, who was entered but withdrew (see below). The world record was held by Kieran with 5:19.0.

After being postponed due to the weather, the 400-meter freestyle was finally finished on Friday morning, 27 April [14 April]. The event turned out to be a great battle between three swimmers: the young 16-year-old Austrian, Otto Scheff and John Jarvis. Near the finish, Scheff and Taylor pulled away from Jarvis and they battled it out, with Scheff barely winning by two seconds. It was the closest swimming event at the 1906 Olympic Games.

Charlie Daniels entered the 400-meter freestyle but did not compete. This event was originally scheduled to take place on the same day, and just before, the freestyle relay. Daniels, and his teammate, Joseph Spencer, who was also entered in the 400-meters, elected to withdraw from the 400-meters and save themselves for the relay. With the delays due to the weather, this would turn out to be unnecessary. It is probable that Daniels would have been a strong contender for the gold medal in the 400-meters.

1Otto ScheffAUT6:24.0Gold
2Henry TaylorGBR6:26.0Silver
3John JarvisGBRat 2 yardsBronze
4Alajos BrucknerHUN
5Paul RadmilovicGBR
6Cecil HealyAUS
ACRob DerbyshireGBR
ACZoltán TóbiásHUN
DNFVasilios LeontopoulosGRE
DNFKonstantinos KleiniasGRE
DNFKonstantinos PanteleskosGRE1
DNFHjalmar SaxtorphDEN
DNFFrank BornamannUSA2
DNSEdmond BernhardtAUT
DNSLeopold MayerAUT
DNSSimon OrlikAUT
DNSOtto SatzingerAUT
DNS HochermannAUT
DNSLudvig DamDEN
DNSPaul VasseurFRA
DNSAlbert BouguinFRA
DNSStanley CooperGBR
DNSEric ForsythGBR
DNSGeorg HoffmannGER
DNSEmil RauschGER
DNSOskar SchieleGER
DNSErnst BahnmeyerGER
DNSHeinrich ParizotGER
DNSP. ParaskevopoulosGRE
DNSSpyridon TzetzosGRE
DNSG. LeontopoulosGRE
DNSK. PhotiadisGRE
DNSKhristos RagkhosGRE
DNSAlfréd HajósHUN
DNSZoltán HalmayHUN
DNSJózsef ÓnodyHUN
DNSMario AlbertiniITA
DNSGunnar WennerströmSWE
DNSGustaf WretmanSWE
DNSCharles NoreliusSWE
DNSNils RegnellSWE
DNSCharlie DanielsUSA
DNSMarquard SchwarzUSA
DNSJoseph SpencerUSA