Frederick Lane

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Frederick Lane
Fred Lane 1900.jpg
Lane at 1900 Olympics
Personal information
Full name Frederick Claude Vivian Lane
Nickname(s) "Fred"
Nationality  Australia
Born (1880-02-02)2 February 1880
Millers Point, New South Wales
Died 14 May 1969(1969-05-14) (aged 89)
Avalon, New South Wales
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
Club Blackpool SC
East Sydney Amateur SC

Frederick Claude Vivian Lane (2 February 1880 – 14 May 1969) was an Australian swimmer.

Lane, from Manly, New South Wales, attended high school at Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview, and was the first Australian to represent his country in swimming at the Olympic Games, although he was actually a part of the British team when he competed at the 1900 Paris Games and won two gold medals.

He first won the 200 m freestyle, clearly beating the Hungarian Zoltán Halmay. His second final was just 45 minutes later, the discontinued 200 m obstacle race, where he beat Otto Wahle from Austria.

Lane, who had won national titles in Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain, was also the first swimmer to finish the 100 yards (91 m) in less than a minute, clocking 59.6 s in 1902.

It was rumored that Lane, by the end of his career, swore never to swim again.

Lane, standing at right, with Manly Swimming Club teammates

See also[edit]


  • Fred Lane – Olympic athlete profile at