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4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men

Date12 – 15 July 1912
StatusOlympic
LocationSimstadion, Djurgårdsbrunnsviken, Stockholm
Participants20 from 5 countries
Olympic Record 10:53.4 WR / Great Britain GBR / 24 July 1908

The world record of 10:55.6 in this event had been set in 1908 at the London Olympics by the winning British relay team. But that record took a beating in this event as, in the first round, the United States bettered the mark with a time of 10:26.4. That record lasted only a few minutes as it was bettered in the second heat by the Australasian team, which won the heat in 10:14.0.

The final was expected to be a close battle between the United States and Australasia, but Australasia dominated the final. The two teams were almost tied at the end of the first leg, but New Zealand’s Malcolm Champion pulled away on the second leg and the Australasians were never again challenged. They won by almost nine seconds in a new world record of 10:11.6.

PosSwimmerNOCR1Final
1AustralasiaANZ10:14.0 (1 h2)10:11.2 (1)Gold
Cecil HealyMalcolm ChampionLes BoardmanHarold Hardwick
2United StatesUSA10:26.4 (1 h1)10:20.2 (2)Silver
Ken HuszaghPerry McGillivrayHarry HebnerDuke Kahanamoku
3Great BritainGBR10:39.4 (3 h1)10:28.6 (3)Bronze
Willie FosterSydney BattersbyJack HatfieldHenry Taylor
4GermanyGER10:42.2 (2 h2)10:37.0 (4)
Oskar SchieleGeorg KunischKurt BrettingMax Ritter
2 h1 r1/2HungaryHUN10:34.6 (2 h1)– (DNS)
László BeleznaiImre ZachárAlajos KenyéryBéla Las-Torres

Round One (12 July 1912 — 19:00)

Top two in each heat and the fastest third-place advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeExchange (Pos)
1United StatesUSA10:26.4QWR
Ken Huszagh– (–)
Duke Kahanamoku– (–)
Perry McGillivray– (–)
Harry Hebner– (–)
2HungaryHUN10:34.6Q
László Beleznai– (–)
Imre Zachár– (–)
Alajos Kenyéry– (–)
Béla Las-Torres– (–)
3Great BritainGBR10:39.4q
Willie Foster– (–)
Sydney Battersby– (–)
Jack Hatfield– (–)
Henry Taylor– (–)

Heat Two

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeExchange (Pos)
1AustralasiaANZ10:14.0QWR
Harold Hardwick– (–)
Malcolm Champion– (–)
Les Boardman– (–)
Cecil Healy– (–)
2GermanyGER10:42.2Q
Oskar Schiele– (–)
Georg Kunisch– (–)
Kurt Bretting– (–)
Max Ritter– (–)

Final (15 July 1912 — 12:45)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeExchange (Pos)
1AustralasiaANZ10:11.2WR
Cecil Healy2:31.42:31.4 (–)
Malcolm Champion2:33.65:05.0 (–)
Les Boardman2:35.07:40.0 (–)
Harold Hardwick2:31.210:11.2 (–)
2United StatesUSA10:20.2
Ken Huszagh– (–)
Perry McGillivray– (–)
Harry Hebner– (–)
Duke Kahanamoku– (–)
3Great BritainGBR10:28.6
Willie Foster– (–)
Sydney Battersby– (–)
Jack Hatfield– (–)
Henry Taylor– (–)
4GermanyGER10:37.0
Oskar Schiele– (–)
Georg Kunisch– (–)
Kurt Bretting– (–)
Max Ritter– (–)
DNSHungaryHUN