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100 metres Freestyle, Men

Date17 – 20 July 1908
LocationWhite City Stadium, London
Participants34 from 12 countries
Olympic Record 1:13.0 / Charlie Daniels USA / 25 April 1906

The final brought together the two top sprinters in the world and the last two Olympic champions. Charlie Daniels had won in 1906 at Athens and in 1904 at St. Louis, he had finished 3rd behind Hungary’s Zoltán von Halmay. Halmay was the recognized holder of the world record, having posted 1:06.8 in Vienna on 3 December 1905.

In the final, Halmay started quickly and led through 30 metres, when Daniels caught him. At 50 metres, Daniels had a very slight lead. At the finish he was ahead by ½ yard, while Halmay led Harald Julin by 2 yards. Both Daniels and Halmay broke the old world record.

1Charlie DanielsUSA1:05.8 (1 h5)1:10.2 (1 h2)1:05.6 (1)Gold
2Zoltán HalmayHUN1:08.2 (1 h1)1:09.4 (1 h1)1:06.2 (2)Silver
3Harald JulinSWE1:12.0 (1 h4)1:10.2 (2 h1)1:08.0 (3)Bronze
4Leslie RichUSA1:14.6 (1 h9)1:10.8 (2 h2)– (4)
3 h1 r2/3Harry HebnerUSA1:11.0 (1 h6)1:11.8 (3 h1)
3 h2 r2/3George DockrellGBR1:13.2 (1 h8)1:11.4 (3 h2)
4 h1 r2/3Frank BeaurepaireANZ1:13.2 (1 h3)– (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3Otto ScheffAUT1:11.4 (1 h2)– (4 h2)
5 h2 r2/3Addin TyldesleyGBR1:12.0 (2 h2)– (5 h2)
AC h1 r2/3Wilfred EdwardsGBR1:15.8 (1 h7)– (AC h1)
AC h1 r2/3Paul RadmilovicGBR1:12.0 (2 h6)– (AC h1)
2 h1 r1/3Theo TartakoverANZ– (2 h1)
2 h3 r1/3Lambertus BenengaNED1:14.0 (2 h3)
2 h4 r1/3Rob DerbyshireGBR1:12.6 (2 h4)
2 h5 r1/3József ÓnodyHUN1:13.2 (2 h5)
2 h7 r1/3Robert ZimmermanCAN1:35.0 (2 h7)
2 h9 r1/3André DuprezBEL1:18.0 (2 h9)
3 h5 r1/3George InnocentGBR– (3 h5)
AC h1 r1/3Herman MeyboomBEL– (AC h1)
AC h1 r1/3Harald KlemDEN– (AC h1)
AC h1 r1/3Davide BaiardoITA– (AC h1)
AC h1 r1/3Bouke BenengaNED– (AC h1)
AC h2 r1/3Gérard MeisterFRA– (AC h2)
AC h2 r1/3József MunkHUN– (AC h2)
AC h2 r1/3Conrad TrubenbachUSA– (AC h2)
AC h3 r1/3Poul HolmDEN– (AC h3)
AC h3 r1/3Henrik HajósHUN– (AC h3)
AC h3 r1/3Robert AnderssonSWE– (AC h3)
AC h4 r1/3Victor BoinBEL– (AC h4)
AC h4 r1/3Robert FosterUSA– (AC h4)
AC h5 r1/3Hjalmar SaxtorphDEN– (AC h5)
AC h5 r1/3René AndréFRA– (AC h5)
AC h6 r1/3Edward CookeANZ– (AC h6)
AC h6 r1/3Fernand FeyaertsBEL– (AC h6)
DNSSnowy BakerANZ– (DNS h8)
DNSPaul VasseurFRA– (DNS h8)
DNS GentillyFRA– (DNS h7)
DNSGéza KissHUN– (DNS h7)
DNSSándor ÁdámHUN– (DNS h9)
DNSAlajos BrucknerHUN– (DNS h8)
DNSLóránt AporHUN– (DNS h9)
DNSJenő Hégner-TóthHUN– (DNS h6)
DNSGyula HornungHUN– (DNS h4)
DNSRagnar LagergrenSWE– (DNS h8)
DNSAxel PerssonSWE– (DNS h9)
DNSBudd GoodwinUSA– (DNS h7)

Round One (17 July 1908 — 16:15)

Winners of heats and fastest loser advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

1Zoltán HalmayHUN1:08.2QOR
2Theo TartakoverANZ
ACBouke BenengaNED
ACHerman MeyboomBEL
ACHarald KlemDEN
ACDavide BaiardoITA

Heat Two

1Otto ScheffAUT1:11.4Q
2Addin TyldesleyGBR1:12.0q
ACGérard MeisterFRA
ACJózsef MunkHUN
ACConrad TrubenbachUSA

Heat Three

1Frank BeaurepaireANZ1:13.2Q
2Lambertus BenengaNED1:14.0
ACPoul HolmDEN
ACHenrik HajósHUN
ACRobert AnderssonSWE

Heat Four

1Harald JulinSWE1:12.0Q
2Rob DerbyshireGBR1:12.6
ACRobert FosterUSA
ACVictor BoinBEL
DNSGyula HornungHUN

Heat Five

1Charlie DanielsUSA1:05.8QOR
2József ÓnodyHUN1:13.2
3George InnocentGBR
ACRené AndréFRA
ACHjalmar SaxtorphDEN

Heat Six

1Harry HebnerUSA1:11.0Q
2Paul RadmilovicGBR1:12.0q
ACFernand FeyaertsBEL
ACEdward CookeANZ
DNSJenő Hégner-TóthHUN

Heat Seven

1Wilfred EdwardsGBR1:15.8Q
2Robert ZimmermanCAN1:35.0
DNS GentillyFRA
DNSBudd GoodwinUSA

Heat Eight

1George DockrellGBR1:13.2Q
DNSSnowy BakerANZ
DNSPaul VasseurFRA
DNSAlajos BrucknerHUN
DNSRagnar LagergrenSWE

Heat Nine

1Leslie RichUSA1:14.6Q
2André DuprezBEL1:18.0
DNSSándor ÁdámHUN
DNSLóránt AporHUN
DNSAxel PerssonSWE

Semi-Finals (20 July 1908 — 11:00)

Top two in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

1Zoltán HalmayHUN1:09.4Q
2Harald JulinSWE1:10.2Q
3Harry HebnerUSA1:11.8
4Frank BeaurepaireANZ
ACWilfred EdwardsGBR
ACPaul RadmilovicGBR

Heat Two

1Charlie DanielsUSA1:10.2Q
2Leslie RichUSA1:10.8Q
3George DockrellGBR1:11.4
4Otto ScheffAUT
5Addin TyldesleyGBR

Final (20 July 1908 — 14:30)

1Charlie DanielsUSA1:05.6WR
2Zoltán HalmayHUN1:06.2
3Harald JulinSWE1:08.0
4Leslie RichUSA