Swimming at the 1896 Summer Olympics

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at the Games of the I Olympiad
VenueBay of Zea
Dates11–19 August
No. of events4
Competitors13 from 4 nations
1900 →

At the 1896 Summer Olympics, four swimming events were contested, all for men. They were planned and organized by the Sub-Committee for Nautical Sports. All events took place on 11 April in the Bay of Zea. There was a total of 13 participants from 4 countries competing.

Medal table[edit]

1 Hungary (HUN)2002
2 Greece (GRE)1337
3 Austria (AUT)1102
Totals (3 nations)44311

Medal summary[edit]

These medals are retroactively assigned by the International Olympic Committee; at the time, winners were given a silver medal and subsequent places received no award.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 m freestyle
Alfréd Hajós
Otto Herschmann
none awarded
500 m freestyle
Paul Neumann
Antonios Pepanos
Efstathios Chorafas
1200 m freestyle
Alfréd Hajós
Ioannis Andreou
Efstathios Chorafas
Sailors 100 m freestyle
Ioannis Malokinis
Spyridon Chazapis
Dimitrios Drivas

Participating nations[edit]

A total of 13 swimmers from 4 nations competed at the Athens Games:

Sub-Committee for Nautical Sports[edit]

  • Prince George of Greece, president
  • Pavlos Damalas, secretary
  • Dimitrios Kriezis
  • Konstantinos Sachtouris
  • Georgios Koundouriotis
  • Dimitrios Argyropoulos
  • Konstantinos Kanaris
  • K. Argyrakis


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  • Mallon, Bill; Widlund, Ture (1998). "1896 Olympic Games — Analysis and Summaries" (PDF). The 1896 Olympic Games: Results for All Competitors in All Events, With Commentary. McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-0379-9. Retrieved 2008-03-19.
  • Smith, Michael Llewellyn (2004). Olympics in Athens 1896. The Invention of the Modern Olympic Games. London: Profile Books. ISBN 1-86197-342-X.

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