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Swimming at the 1908 Summer Olympics

Swimming at the
1908 Summer Olympics
100 m   men    
400 m men
1500 m men
100 m men
200 m men
Freestyle relay
4×200 m men

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 Great Britain (GBR) 4 2 1 7
2 United States United States (USA) 1 0 1 2
3 Germany Germany (GER) 1 0 0 1
4 Hungary Hungary (HUN) 0 2 0 2
5 Australasia Australasia (ANZ) 0 1 1 2
6 Denmark Denmark (DEN) 0 1 0 1
7 Sweden Sweden (SWE) 0 0 2 2
8 Austria Austria (AUT) 0 0 1 1

Medal summary

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 m freestyle
22x20px Charles Daniels
United States (USA)
22x20px Zoltán Halmay
Hungary (HUN)
22x20px Harald Julin
Sweden (SWE)
400 m freestyle
22x20px Henry Taylor
Great Britain (GBR)
22x20px Frank Beaurepaire
Australasia (ANZ)
22x20px Otto Scheff
Austria (AUT)
1500 m freestyle
22x20px Henry Taylor
Great Britain (GBR)
22x20px Thomas Battersby
Great Britain (GBR)
22x20px Frank Beaurepaire
Australasia (ANZ)
100 m backstroke
22x20px Arno Bieberstein
Germany (GER)
22x20px Ludvig Dam
Denmark (DEN)
22x20px Herbert Haresnape
Great Britain (GBR)
200 m breaststroke
22x20px Frederick Holman
Great Britain (GBR)
22x20px William Robinson
Great Britain (GBR)
22x20px Pontus Hanson
Sweden (SWE)
4×200 m
freestyle relay
Great Britain Great Britain (GBR)
John Derbyshire
Paul Radmilovic
William Foster
Henry Taylor
Hungary Hungary (HUN)
József Munk
Imre Zachár
Béla Las-Torres
Zoltán Halmay
United States United States (USA)
Harry Hebner
Leo Goodwin
Charles Daniels
Leslie Rich

Participating nations

A total of 100 swimmers from 14 nations competed at the London Games:



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