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1908  London Summer Olympics

1908 Summer Olympics - The Results (Swimming)

Swimming at the 1908 London Summer Games

 

 

Host City: London, Great Britain
Date Started: July 13, 1908
Date Finished: July 25, 1908
Events: 6

Participants: 100 (100 men and 0 women) from 14 countries
Youngest Participant: HUN Ã–dön Toldi (15 years, 28 days)
Oldest Participant: NED Bartholomeus Roodenburch (42 years, 17 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): GBR Henry Taylor (3 medals)
Most Medals (Country): GBR Great Britain (7 medals)

Participating nations

A total of 100 swimmers from 14 nations

competed at the London Games:

  •  Australasia (5)
  •  Austria (1)
  •  Belgium (7)
  •  Canada (1)
  •  Denmark (5)
  •  Finland (3)
  •  France (4)
    •  Germany (5)
    •  Great Britain (28)
    •  Hungary (10)
    •  Italy (4)
    •  Netherlands (7)
    •  Sweden (12)
    •  United States (8)
 
  

Overview

This was likely the best international swimming meet to the date. All of the top swimmers of Britain, Australia, Sweden, the United States, and Hungary were present. The races were held in the 100 metre long pool which was erected in the infield of the White City Stadium, just inside the running track, on the west side of the stadium.

The quality of competition was excellent. Although at this time, world records were not ratified by any organized group, in all six races, the winning time was considered to be a world record. During the 1908 Olympics, however, specifically on 19 July, representatives from England, Ireland, Wales, Belgium, Sweden, Germany, Finland, Hungary, France and Denmark gathered and formed the international swimming federation which has since become known as the Fédération Internationale de Natation Amateur (FINA).

At the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, six swimming events were contested. These were the first Olympic Games in which a 100-metre pool had been especially constructed (inside the main stadium's track and field oval). Previous Olympic events were swum in open water (1896: The Mediterranean Sea, 1900: The Seine River, 1904: an artificial lake). Only men participated in the swimming events. The competitions were held from Monday, July 13, 1908, to Saturday, July 25, 1908.

All six of the 1908 events became staples of the Olympic swimming programme, and have been contested at every edition of the Games since. The 50 m, 200 m, and 800 m freestyle events were dropped from the previous edition (though the 50 m and 200 m would later return), the relay was lengthened from 4×50 yards to 4×200 m, and the 400 m breaststroke was shortened to 200 metres.

Canada and Finland made their first appearances in swimming, while Austria, Hungary, and the United States continued their streaks of appearing each time. Fourteen nations competed in all, with 100 swimmers entering the events.

  

Medal table

 
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Great Britain (GBR) 4 2 1 7
2  United States (USA) 1 0 1 2
3  Germany (GER) 1 0 0 1
4  Hungary (HUN) 0 2 0 2
5  Australasia (ANZ) 0 1 1 2
6  Denmark (DEN) 0 1 0 1
7  Sweden (SWE) 0 0 2 2
8  Austria (AUT) 0 0 1 1
Totals (8 nations) 6 6 6 18
  

Medal summary

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 m freestyle  Charles Daniels (USA)  Zoltán Halmay (HUN)  Harald Julin (SWE)
400 m freestyle  Henry Taylor (GBR)  Frank Beaurepaire (ANZ)  Otto Scheff (AUT)
1500 m freestyle  Henry Taylor (GBR)  Thomas Battersby (GBR)  Frank Beaurepaire (ANZ)
100 m backstroke  Arno Bieberstein (GER)  Ludvig Dam (DEN)  Herbert Haresnape (GBR)
200 m breaststroke  Frederick Holman (GBR)  William Robinson (GBR)  Pontus Hanson (SWE)
4 × 200 m
freestyle relay
 Great Britain (GBR)
John Derbyshire
Paul Radmilovic
William Foster
Henry Taylor
 Hungary (HUN)
József Munk
Imre Zachár
Béla Las-Torres
Zoltán Halmay
 United States (USA)
Harry Hebner
Leo Goodwin
Charles Daniels
Leslie Rich

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 17, 1908
Date Finished: July 20, 1908

Competitors 34from 12 nations

Summary

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.

The men's 100 metre freestyle was one of six swimming events on the swimming at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme. It was the shortest of the three individual freestyle events, as the 50 yard freestyle had been dropped after its one appearance on the 1904 Summer Olympics programme. The 100 metre event was contested for the third time after it had been held at the 1896 and 1906 Olympics. The 1904 Olympics saw a 100-yard event. The competition was held on Friday July 17, 1908 and Monday July 20, 1908.

Thirty-four swimmers from twelve nations competed.

These were the first Olympic Games in which a 100-metre pool had been especially constructed (inside the main stadium's track and field oval). Previous Olympic events were swum in open water (1896: The Mediterranean Sea, 1900: The Seine River, 1904: an artificial lake)

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1908 Summer Olympics.

World Record 1:05.8 Hungary Zoltán Halmay Vienna (AUT) December 3, 1905
Olympic Record 1:22.2 Hungary Alfréd Hajós Athens (GRE) April 11, 1896 (NS)
1:13.0(*) United States Charles Daniels Athens (GRE) April 26, 1906 (NS)
1:02.8(**) Hungary Zoltán Halmay St. Louis (USA) September 5, 1904

(*) Intercalated Games

(**) 100 yards (91.44 m)

In the first heat Zoltán Halmay set a new Olympic record with 1:08.2. In the fifth heat Charles Daniels and in the seventh heat Wilfred Edwards equalized the standing world record of 1:05.8. Finally Charles Daniels set a new world record with 1:05.6 in the final.

Final

Place Swimmer Time
1  Charles Daniels (USA) 1:05.6 WR
2  Zoltán Halmay (HUN) 1:06.2
3  Harald Julin (SWE) 1:08.0
4  Leslie Rich (USA) Unknown
 

Semifinals

The fastest two swimmers from each semifinal advanced to the final.
 

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Zoltán Halmay (HUN) 1:09.4 QF
2  Harald Julin (SWE) 1:10.2 QF
3  Harry Hebner (USA) 1:11.8  
4  Frank Beaurepaire (ANZ) Unknown  
5-6  Wilfred Edwards (GBR) Unknown  
 Paul Radmilovic (GBR) Unknown  

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Charles Daniels (USA) 1:10.2 QF
2  Leslie Rich (USA) 1:10.8 QF
3  George Dockrell (GBR) 1:11.4  
4  Otto Scheff (AUT) Unknown  
5  Addin Tyldesley (GBR) Unknown  

First round

The fastest swimmer in each heat and the two fastest losers advanced, qualifying 11 swimmers for the semifinals.
 

Heat 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Zoltán Halmay (HUN) 1:08.2 OR QS
2  Theodore Tartakover (ANZ) Unknown  
3-6  Davide Baiardo (ITA) Unknown  
 Bouke Benenga (NED) Unknown  
 Harald Klem (DEN) Unknown  
 Herman Meyboom (BEL) Unknown  

Heat 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Otto Scheff (AUT) 1:11.8 QS
2  Addin Tyldesley (GBR) 1:12.0 qs
3-5  Gérard Meister (FRA) Unknown  
 József Munk (HUN) Unknown  
 Conrad Trubenbach (USA) Unknown  

Heat 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Frank Beaurepaire (ANZ) 1:11.6 QS
2  Lamme Benenga (NED) 1:13.2  
3-5  Robert Andersson (SWE) Unknown  
 Henrik Hajós (HUN) Unknown  
 Poul Holm (DEN) Unknown  

Heat 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Harald Julin (SWE) 1:12.0 QS
2  John Derbyshire (GBR) 1:12.6  
3-4  Victor Boin (BEL) Unknown  
 Robert Foster (USA) Unknown  

Heat 5

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Charles Daniels (USA) 1:05.8 =WR QS
2  József Ónody (HUN) 1:13.2  
3  George Innocent (GBR) Unknown  
4-5  René André (FRA) Unknown  
 Hjalmar Saxtorph (DEN) Unknown  

Heat 6

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Harry Hebner (USA) 1:11.0 QS
2  Paul Radmilovic (GBR) 1:12.0 qs
3-4  Edward Cooke (ANZ) Unknown  
 Fernand Feyaerts (BEL) Unknown  

Heat 7

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Wilfred Edwards (GBR) 1:05.8 =WR QS
2  Robert Zimmerman (CAN) 1:35.0  

Heat 8

Dockrell had no competition in the eighth heat.

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  George Dockrell (GBR) 1:13.2 QS

Heat 9

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Leslie Rich (USA) 1:14.6 QS
2  André Duprez (BEL) 1:18.0  
 

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 13, 1908
Date Finished: July 16, 1908

Competitors 25from 10 nations

Summary

There was no official world record at this time. The two favorites were [Henry Taylor] and [Frank Beaurepaire]. Taylor had won the mile race and finished 2nd in the 400 metres at the 1906 Athens Olympics. He had won the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) title at 440 yards in 1906-1907, but in 1908, Beaurepaire took the championship. The defending Olympic champion at this distance was also present, the Austrian [Otto Scheff]. The top American swimmer, [Charlie Daniels], was entered in this event, but withdrew to save himself for the shorter distance sprint and the relay.

In the final, Taylor had the fastest start. After one lap (100 metres in 1:15.0), Taylor, Beaurepaire, and Scheff were in a virtual dead heat. The 200 metres was passed in 2:35 by Taylor, leading Scheff, who was clocked at 2:37.0. Beaurepaire then came up quickly, and after 300 metres, he and Taylor were equal at 4:10.0. But the effort exhausted the Australian as Taylor drew away to win by at least 5 yards. Austria entered a protest in Scheff's behalf, claiming that he was fouled in the final, but it was disallowed.

The men's 400 metre freestyle was one of six swimming events on the swimming at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme.[1] Its distance was the median of the 3 individual freestyle event distances. It was the first time an event over 400 metres was held at the Olympics (after a 440-yard contest was held in 1904). The competition was held from Monday July 13, 1908 to Thursday July 16, 1908.

Twenty-five swimmers from ten nations competed.

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1908 Summer Olympics.

World Record ? ?    
Olympic Record 6:16.2(*) United States Charles Daniels St. Louis (USA) September 7, 1904

(*) 440 yards (= 402.34 m)

In the final Henry Taylor set the first official world record for this distance in 5:36.8 minutes.

Final

Place Swimmer Time
1  Henry Taylor (GBR) 5:36.8
2  Frank Beaurepaire (ANZ) 5:44.2
3  Otto Scheff (AUT) 5:46.0
4  William Foster (GBR) Unknown
 

Semifinals

The fastest two swimmers from each semifinal advanced to the final.
 

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Otto Scheff (AUT) 5:40.6 QF
2  Henry Taylor (GBR) 5:41.0 QF
3  Thomas Battersby (GBR) Unknown  
4  Béla Las-Torres (HUN) Unknown  
5  Henrik Hajós (HUN) Unknown  

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Frank Beaurepaire (ANZ) 5:44.0 QF
2  William Foster (GBR) 5:52.2 QF
3  Paul Radmilovic (GBR) Unknown  
 Imre Zachár (HUN) Did not finish  
 Theodore Tartakover (ANZ) Did not start  

First round

The fastest swimmer in each heat and the fastest loser advanced, qualifying 10 swimmers for the semifinals.
 

Heat 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Thomas Battersby (GBR) 5:48.8 QS
2  Béla Las-Torres (HUN) 5:52.2 qs
3  Leo Goodwin (USA) Unknown  
4  Vilhelm Andersson (SWE) Unknown  
 Henri Decoin (FRA) Did not finish  

Heat 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  William Foster (GBR) 5:54.8 QS
2  Robert Andersson (SWE) 6:28.0

Heat 3

Tartakover had no competition in the third heat.

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Theodore Tartakover (ANZ) 6:35.0 QS

Heat 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Frank Beaurepaire (ANZ) 5:49.2 QS
2  Sam Blatherwick (GBR) 6:16.8  
3  Conrad Trubenbach (USA) Unknown  
 Davide Baiardo (ITA) Did not finish  

Heat 5

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Paul Radmilovic (GBR) 6:10.0 QS
2  Aage Holm (DEN) 8:08.8  

Heat 6

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Henry Taylor (GBR) 5:42.2 QS
2  Frank Springfield (ANZ) 5:57.4  
3  Mario Massa (ITA) Unknown

Heat 7

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Otto Scheff (AUT) 5:51.0 QS
2  William Haynes (GBR) 6:21.2  
3  József Ónody (HUN) Unknown  
4-5  Frits Meuring (NED) Unknown  
 Hjalmar Saxtorph (DEN) Unknown  

Heat 8

Zachár had no competition in the eighth heat.

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Imre Zachár (HUN) 6:09.8 QS

Heat 9

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Henrik Hajós (HUN) 6:19.8 QS
2  Arthur Sharp (GBR) 7:00.4  

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 21, 1908
Date Finished: July 25, 1908

Competitors 19from 8 nations

Summary

The favorites were again [Henry Taylor] and [Frank Beaurepaire]. Taylor had won the ASA title over one mile in 1906-1907 but Beaurepaire claimed the 1908 championship. However, in the final, the second Briton, [Sydney Battersby], led the race almost throughout. He went to the front immediately and led each lap through 1,300 metres. Taylor passed him shortly before the end of the 14th lap, and Beaurepaire was only a few yards behind, still in the race. But Taylor hung on, and held off Battersby to win by 2 yards over his countryman. Taylor then stopped, but Battersby continued to swim, as planned, and set a new world's record for one mile of 24:33.0, beating David Billington's (GBR) 1905 mark of 24:42.6.

The men's 1500 metre freestyle was one of 6 swimming events on the swimming at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme.[1] Its distance was the longest of the 3 individual freestyle event distances. The competition was held from Tuesday July 21, 1908, to Saturday July 25, 1908.

Nineteen swimmers from eight nations competed.

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1908 Summer Olympics.

World Record ? ?    
Olympic Record 27:18.2(*) Germany Emil Rausch St. Louis (USA) September 6, 1904

(*) one mile (1609.34 m)

In the final Henry Taylor set the first official world record for this distance in 22:48.4.

Final

The final was held on Saturday July 25, 1908.

Taylor stopped after the finish, but Battersby swam an extra 109.344 metres after the finish to complete the mile. His time over the mile was 24:33.0, beating the standing record of 24:42.6 set by David Billington in 1905.

Place Swimmer Time
1  Henry Taylor (GBR) 22:48.4 WR
2  Thomas Battersby (GBR) 22:51.2
3  Frank Beaurepaire (ANZ) 22:56.2
4  Otto Scheff (AUT) Unknown

Semifinals

Thursday July 23, 1908: The fastest two swimmers from each semifinal advanced to the final.
 

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Henry Taylor (GBR) 22:54.0 QF OR
2  Frank Beaurepaire (ANZ) 23:25.4 QF
3  William Foster (GBR) Unknown  
4  Lewis Moist (GBR) Unknown

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Thomas Battersby (GBR) 23:23.0 QF
2  Otto Scheff (AUT) 24:25.0 QF
 John Jarvis (GBR) DNF  
 Paul Radmilovic (GBR) DNF  

First round

Tuesday July 21, 1908: The fastest swimmer in each heat and the fastest loser advanced, qualifying eight swimmers for the semifinals
 

Heat 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Paul Radmilovic (GBR) 25:02.4 QS OR
2  Gunnar Wennerström (SWE) 27:15.4  
3  Oreste Muzzi (ITA) 28:52.6  

Heat 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Frank Beaurepaire (ANZ) 23:45.8 QS OR
2  Sam Blatherwick (GBR) 25:15.4  
3  Piet Ooms (NED) 27:24.4  
4  Vilhelm Andersson (SWE) 27:34.4  

Heat 3

Moist had no competition in the third heat.

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Lewis Moist (GBR) 26:52.0 QS

Heat 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Thomas Battersby (GBR) 23:42.8 QS OR
2  Frank Springfield (ANZ) 24:52.4  
3  André Theuriet (FRA) 32:37.0  

Heat 5

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  John Jarvis (GBR) 25:51.6 QS
2  James Green (USA) 28:09.0  
3  Richard Hassell (GBR) 28:14.8

Heat 6

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Henry Taylor (GBR) 23:24.4 QS OR
2  Otto Scheff (AUT) 24:15.8 qs
3  Gustaf Wretman (SWE) 28:40.8  
 Eduard Meijer (NED) DNF

Heat 7

Foster had no competition in the seventh heat.

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  William Foster (GBR) 24:33.0 QS
 

Men's 4 x— 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 24, 1908
Date Finished: July 24, 1908

Competitors 24from 6 nations

Summary

The finals saw four nations competing, all with rich swimming traditions, and all with a chance to win the relay gold medal. After one leg, Hungary's [József Munk] led by four yards in 2:40.8. [Frank Beaurepaire] (AUS) was 2nd with [Rob Derbyshire] 3rd (GBR) and [Harry Hebner] (USA) in last. [Imre Zachár] swam the second leg for Hungary and increased the lead, reaching 400 metres in 5:27.2, 8 yards ahead of [Paul Radmilovic] of Britain.

The third leg saw Hungary maintain its lead, with [Béla von Las-Torres] finishing 600 metres in 8:10.0, leading by 6 yards. But now in second was the United States, as [Charlie Daniels] swam a great leg to pass Britain's [Willie Foster]. They finished their legs, respectively, in 8:15.2 and 8:18.6. The race appeared to be over, with Hungary's redoubtable [Zoltán von Halmay] swimming their anchor leg. But mainly a sprinter, he went out far too fast, leading [Leslie Rich] (USA) by 15 yards after 700 metres, with Britain's [Henry Taylor] another 5 yards back. Taylor caught Rich with 50 metres left and pulled away from him. Halmay was now a shambles and swam into the wall only 20 metres from the finish, also allowing Taylor to pass him and win by 3 yards.

Final

Hungary led throughout the race until Halmay veered towards the wall and was caught by Taylor (who had only just before passed Rich) in the final 20 yards. Halmay struggled to the finish line, and was hauled out of the pool before he drowned.

Place Nation Swimmers Time
1  Great Britain John Derbyshire
Paul Radmilovic
William Foster
Henry Taylor
10:55.6
2  Hungary József Munk
Imre Zachár
Béla las Torres
Zoltán Halmay
10:59.0
3  United States Harry Hebner
Leo Goodwin
Charles Daniels
Leslie Rich
11:02.8
4  Australasia Frank Beaurepaire
Frank Springfield
Reginald Baker
Theodore Tartakover
Unknown

Semifinals

The fastest team in each semifinal and the fastest losing team from across the semifinals advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

Place Nation Swimmers Time
1  Australasia Frank Beaurepaire
Frank Springfield
Reginald Baker
Theodore Tartakover
11:35.0
2  Denmark Poul Holm
Harald Klem
Ludvig Dam
Hjalmar Saxtorph
12:53.0

Semifinal 2

Place Nation Swimmers Time
1  Great Britain William Foster
Paul Radmilovic
John Derbyshire
Henry Taylor
10:53.4 WR
2  United States Harry Hebner
Leo Goodwin
Charles Daniels
Leslie Rich
11:01.4
3  Sweden Gustaf Wretman
Gunnar Wennerström
Harald Julin
Adolf Andersson
Unknown

Semifinal 3

Hungary had no competition in the third semifinal.

Place Nation Swimmers Time
1  Hungary József Munk
Imre Zachár
Béla Las Torres
Zoltán Halmay
Swam over
 

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 16, 1908
Date Finished: July 17, 1908

Competitors 21from 11 nations

Summary

The Germans were considered the top backstroke swimmers in the world and they placed two men in the finals - [Arno Bieberstein] and [Gustav Aurich]. Bieberstein led the final from the start, with Britain's [Bert Haresnape] 2nd until 70 metres, at which time he was passed by [Ludvig Dam] (DEN). Bieberstein was German backstroke champion for 1905-07 and was also Austrian champion in 1907.

The men's 100 metre backstroke was one of six swimming events on the swimming at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme. It was the only backstroke event on the schedule. It was the first appearance of the event, after a 100-yard event was held in 1904. The competition was held on Thursday July 16, 1908 and on Friday July 17, 1908.

Twenty-one swimmers from eleven nations competed.

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1908 Summer Olympics.

World Record ? ?    
Olympic Record 1:16.8(*) Germany Walter Brack St. Louis (USA) September 6, 1904

(*) 100 yards (= 91.44 m)

In the first heat Arno Bieberstein set the first Olympic record with 1:25.6 minutes. In the first semi-final he equalized his time and in the final he bettered his own record with 1:24.6 minutes. The time set in the final was the first official world record for this distance.

Final

Friday July 17, 1908.

Place Swimmer Time
1  Arno Bieberstein (GER) 1:24.6 WR
2  Ludvig Dam (DEN) 1:26.6
3  Herbert Haresnape (GBR) 1:27.0
4  Gustav Aurisch (GER) Unknown

Semifinals

Thursday July 16, 1908: The fastest two swimmers from each semifinal advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Arno Bieberstein (GER) 1:25.6 QF =OR
2  Ludvig Dam (DEN) Unknown QF
3  Max Ritter (GER) Unknown  
4  Stanley Parvin (GBR) Unknown  

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Gustav Aurisch (GER) 1:28.2 QF
2  Herbert Haresnape (GBR) 1:28.8 QF
3  John Taylor (GBR) Unknown  
4  Colin Lewis (GBR) Unknown  

First round

Thursday July 16, 1908: The fastest swimmer in each heat and the fastest loser advanced, qualifying 8 swimmers for the semifinals.

Heat 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Arno Bieberstein (GER) 1:25.6 QQ OR
2  Frederick Unwin (GBR) 1:30.0  
3  Hugo Jonsson (FIN) Unknown  

Heat 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Max Ritter (GER) 1:33.4 QQ
2  Sidney Willis (GBR) 1:34.4  
3  John Henriksson (FIN) Unknown  

Heat 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Colin Lewis (GBR) 1:30.2 QQ
2  Bartholomeus Roodenburch (NED) 1:36.2  
3  Robert Zimmerman (CAN) Unknown  

Heat 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Herbert Haresnape (GBR) 1:26.2 QQ
2  Ludvig Dam (DEN) 1:26.4 qq
3  Amilcare Beretta (ITA) Unknown  

Heat 5

Parvin had no competition in the fifth heat.

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Stanley Parvin (GBR) 1:35.2 QQ

Heat 6

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  John Taylor (GBR) 1:25.8 QQ
2  Augustus Goessling (USA) 1:29.0  
3  Gustaf Wretman (SWE) Unknown  
 Oscar Grégoire (BEL) Did not finish  

Heat 7

Kugler started before the signal, causing him to be disqualified and his first-place finish nullified.

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Gustav Aurisch (GER) 1:27.4 QQ
2  Johan Cortlever (NED) Unknown  
3  Eric Seaward (GBR) Unknown  
 Sándor Kugler (HUN) (1:27.0) DSQ
 

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 15, 1908
Date Finished: July 18, 1908

Summary

In the final, [Pontus Hanson] took the lead and held a 2 metre margin through 50 metres. At 100 metres, [William Robinson] (GBR) and Hanson were equal first. By 150 metres, Hanson had faded to last, but he would recover slightly to get the bronze medal. [Fred Holman] did not take the lead until the last lap but pulled away to win by 2 yards.

Holman never won a British breaststroke championship, as he could never defeat the top breaststroker of the era, [Percy Courtman], who was ASA champion at 220 yards in 1907-09, and 1912-13. Courtman competed in this event, but in round one, he finished second to Belgium's [Félicien Courbet], and did not qualify for the semi-finals.

Final

Place Swimmer Nation Time
1 Frederick Holman  Great Britain 3:09.2
2 William Robinson  Great Britain 3:12.8
3 Pontus Hanson  Sweden 3:14.6
4 Ödön Toldi  Hungary 3:15.2
 

Semifinals

The fastest two swimmers from each semifinal advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Nation Time
1 Frederick Holman  Great Britain 3:10.0
2 Ödön Toldi  Hungary 3:16.4
3 Erich Seidel  Germany Unknown
4 József Fabinyi  Hungary Unknown

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Nation Time
1 William Robinson  Great Britain 3:11.8
2 Pontus Hanson  Sweden 3:13.0
3 Wilhelm Persson  Sweden Unknown
4 Félicien Courbet  Belgium Unknown

First round

The fastest swimmer in each heat and the fastest loser advanced, qualifying 8 swimmers for the semifinals.

Heat 1

Place Swimmer Nation Time
1 Frederick Holman  Great Britain 3:10.6
2 Richard Rösler  Germany 3:18.0
3 Max Gumpel  Sweden Unknown

Heat 2

Place Swimmer Nation Time
1 Wilhelm Persson  Sweden 3:17.6
2 András Baronyi  Hungary 3:18.0
3 Augustus Goessling  United States Unknown
4-5 Herman Cederberg  Finland Unknown
Frank Naylor  Great Britain Unknown

Heat 3

Place Swimmer Nation Time
1 Erich Seidel  Germany 3:17.2
2 Hjalmar Johansson  Sweden 3:21.2
3 Arthur Davies  Great Britain Unknown
4 Pierre Strauwen  Belgium Unknown

Heat 4

Place Swimmer Nation Time
1 Ödön Toldi  Hungary 3:14.4
2 Pontus Hanson  Sweden 3:15.0
3 Sydney Gooday  Great Britain Unknown
4 Amilcare Beretta  Italy Unknown

Heat 5

Place Swimmer Nation Time
1 William Robinson  Great Britain 3:13.0
2 Per Fjästad  Sweden 3:31.4
3 John Henriksson  Finland Unknown
Edward Cooke  Australasia Did not finish

Heat 6

Place Swimmer Nation Time
1 József Fabinyi  Hungary 3:23.4
2 Torsten Kumfeldt  Sweden 3:24.6
3 Harald Klem  Denmark Unknown
Hugo Jonsson  Finland Did not finish
   

Heat 7

Place Swimmer Nation Time
1 Félicien Courbet  Belgium 3:16.4
2 Percy Courtman  Great Britain 3:18.4
3 Adolf Andersson  Sweden Unknown
 

 

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