Swimming at the 1908 Summer Olympics

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Swimming at the
1908 Summer Olympics
Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
Freestyle
100 m   men    
400 m men
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men
Breaststroke
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[edit]

 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

Medal summary[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 m freestyle
details
 Charles Daniels
United States (USA)
 Zoltán Halmay
Hungary (HUN)
 Harald Julin
Sweden (SWE)
400 m freestyle
details
 Henry Taylor
Great Britain (GBR)
 Frank Beaurepaire
Australasia (ANZ)
 Otto Scheff
Austria (AUT)
1500 m freestyle
details
 Henry Taylor
Great Britain (GBR)
 Thomas Battersby
Great Britain (GBR)
 Frank Beaurepaire
Australasia (ANZ)
100 m backstroke
details
 Arno Bieberstein
Germany (GER)
 Ludvig Dam
Denmark (DEN)
 Herbert Haresnape
Great Britain (GBR)
200 m breaststroke
details
 Frederick Holman
Great Britain (GBR)
 William Robinson
Great Britain (GBR)
 Pontus Hanson
Sweden (SWE)
4×200 m
freestyle relay
details
 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

Participating nations[edit]

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

References[edit]