Swimming at the 1900 Summer Olympics

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Swimming at the
1900 Summer Olympics
Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
200 m   men  
1000 m men
4000 m men
200 m men
200 m team men
200 m obstacle men
Underwater men

At the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris, seven swimming events were contested. Only men competed in the swimming competition. There was a total of 76 participants from 12 countries competing.

Medal table

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Great Britain (GBR) 2 0 1 3
2  Australia (AUS) 2 0 0 2
 Germany (GER) 2 0 0 2
4  France (FRA) 1 2 2 5
5  Austria (AUT) 0 3 1 4
6  Hungary (HUN) 0 2 1 3
7  Denmark (DEN) 0 0 1 1
 Netherlands (NED) 0 0 1 1
Total 7 7 7 21

Medal summary

Event Gold Silver Bronze
200 m freestyle
 Frederick Lane (AUS)  Zoltán Halmay (HUN)  Karl Ruberl (AUT)
1000 m freestyle
 John Arthur Jarvis (GBR)  Otto Wahle (AUT)  Zoltán Halmay (HUN)
4000 m freestyle
 John Arthur Jarvis (GBR)  Zoltán Halmay (HUN)  Louis Martin (FRA)
200 m backstroke
 Ernst Hoppenberg (GER)  Karl Ruberl (AUT)  Johannes Drost (NED)
200 m team swimming
 Germany (GER)[1]
Ernst Hoppenberg
Max Hainle
Julius Frey
Max Schöne
Herbert von Petersdorff
 France (FRA)
Maurice Hochepied
Victor Hochepied
J. Bertrand
Victor Cadet
 France (FRA)
René Tartara
Louis Martin
Désiré Merchez
Georges Leuillieux
200 m obstacle event
 Frederick Lane (AUS)  Otto Wahle (AUT)  Peter Kemp (GBR)
Underwater swimming
 Charles Devendeville (FRA)  André Six (FRA)  Peder Lykkeberg (DEN)

Participating nations

A total of 76 swimmers from 12 nations competed at the Paris Games:


  1. This is the roster of the German team as given by the International Olympic Committee database. Mallon notes that Petersdorff did not actually compete. He also claims that contemporary sources support a 4-person roster including Hoppenberg, Hainle, Gustav Lexau, and Ernest Luhrsen; Frey and Schöne are not included in either Mallon or de Wael's list of competitors in the event.
  2. Houben did not actually compete; however, he is listed in the IOC's medal database as part of the Neptune team.


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