Swimming at the 1912 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre breaststroke

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Men's 200 metre breaststroke
at the Games of the V Olympiad
Venue Djurgårdsbrunnsviken
Dates July 7–12
Competitors 24 from 11 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    Germany
Silver medal    Germany
Bronze medal    Germany
«1908 1920»
Swimming at the
1912 Summer Olympics
Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
Freestyle
100 m   men   women
400 m men
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men
Breaststroke
200 m men
400 m men
Freestyle relay
4×100 m women
4×200 m men

The men's 200 metre breaststroke was a swimming event held as part of the swimming at the 1912 Summer Olympics programme. It was the second appearance of the event, which had been introduced in 1908. Germany swept the medals in the event. The competition was held from Sunday July 7, 1912 to Friday July 12, 1912.

Twenty-four swimmers from eleven nations competed.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1912 Summer Olympics.

World Record 3:00.8 Belgium Félicien Courbet Schaerbeek (BEL) October 2, 1910
Olympic Record 3:09.2 United Kingdom Frederick Holman London (GBR) July 18, 1908

The Germans also took the Olympic record, with Lützow breaking it in the first heat and Bathe then proceeding to set it even higher each of the three times he raced. His gold medal winning time in the final, 3:01.8, stood as the Olympic record at the end.

Results[edit]

Quarterfinals[edit]

The top two in each heat advanced along with the fastest loser overall.

Quarterfinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Wilhelm Lützow (GER) 3:07.4 QS OR
2  Thor Henning (SWE) 3:14.0 QS
3  Lennart Lindroos (FIN) 3:16.6 qs
4  Frank Schryver (ANZ) 3:24.0

Quarterfinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Paul Malisch (GER) 3:08.8 QS
2  Arvo Aaltonen (FIN) 3:13.0 QS
3  Nils Andersson (SWE) 3:20.6
4  Josef Wastl (AUT) 3:25.6
5  Georgy Baimakov (RUS) 3:29.0

Quarterfinal 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Carlyle Atkinson (GBR) 3:12.0 QS

Quarterfinal 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Walter Bathe (GER) 3:03.4 QS OR
2  Percy Courtman (GBR) 3:09.8 QS
3  Fredrik Löwenadler (SWE) 3:22.2
 Mike McDermott (USA) DSQ

Quarterfinal 5

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Félicien Courbet (BEL) 3:12.6 QS
2  Pontus Hanson (SWE) 3:14.2 QS
 George Innocent (GBR) DSQ
 Audun Rusten (NOR) DSQ

Quarterfinal 6

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Oszkár Demján (HUN) 3:07.8 QS
2  Harald Julin (SWE) 3:12.8 QS
3  Herman Cederberg (FIN) 3:18.6
4  Vilhelm Lindgrén (FIN) 3:21.2
5  Sven Hanson (SWE) 3:24.4
6  Oscar Hamrén (SWE)

Semifinals[edit]

The top two from each heat and the faster of the two third place swimmers advanced.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Paul Malisch (GER) 3:09.6 QF
2  Thor Henning (SWE) 3:10.4 QF
3  Harald Julin (SWE) 3:10.6
4  Lennart Lindroos (FIN) 3:11.6
5  Carlyle Atkinson (GBR) 3:15.2
6  Arvo Aaltonen (FIN) 3:17.0

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Walter Bathe (GER) 3:02.2 QF OR
2  Wilhelm Lützow (GER) 3:04.4 QF
3  Percy Courtman (GBR) 3:09.4 qf
4  Oszkár Demján (HUN) 3:11.2
5  Félicien Courbet (BEL) 3:11.6
 Pontus Hanson (SWE) DNF

Final[edit]

Place Swimmer Time
1  Walter Bathe (GER) 3:01.8 OR
2  Wilhelm Lützow (GER) 3:05.0
3  Paul Malisch (GER) 3:08.0
4  Percy Courtman (GBR) 3:08.8
 Thor Henning (SWE) DNF

References[edit]

  • Bergvall, Erik (ed.) (1913). Adams-Ray, Edward (trans.)., ed. The Official Report of the Olympic Games of Stockholm 1912. Stockholm: Wahlström & Widstrand. 
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Retrieved 29 January 2007.