Swimming at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's 1200 metre freestyle

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Men's 1200 metre freestyle
at the Games of the I Olympiad
Venue Bay of Zea
Date April 11
Competitors 9 from 4 nations
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
Swimming events at the
1896 Summer Olympics
Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
100 m   men
500 m men
1200 m men
100 m sailors men

The men's 1200 metre freestyle was one of the four swimming events on the Swimming at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme.

The final swimming race was the longest. Despite having already won the 100 metre race, Hajós competed again in the 1,200 metres along with eight other swimmers. He won once again, finishing nearly 100 metres ahead of the rest of the field. Neumann, who had won the 500 metres, was unable to finish the 1,200. The places of Williams and the four Greeks who did not finish in the top three are unknown, as are the full names of all four of those Greeks and any part of the names of three of them.


Place Swimmer Time
1  Alfréd Hajós (HUN) 18:22.2
2  Ioannis Andreou (GRE) 21:03.4
3  Efstathios Chorafas (GRE) Unknown
4-8  N. Kartavas (GRE) Unknown
 Gardner Williams (USA) Unknown
 Three others, names unknown (GRE) Unknown
 Paul Neumann (AUT) DNF


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