Swimming at the 1896 Summer Olympics

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at the Games of the I Olympiad
VenueBay of Zea
Dates11–19 August 1896
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)1326
3 Austria (AUT)1102
Totals (3 entries)44210

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.

Games Gold Silver Bronze
100 m freestyle[1]
Alfréd Hajós
Otto Herschmann
none awarded
500 m freestyle[2]
Paul Neumann
Antonios Pepanos
Efstathios Chorafas
1200 m freestyle[3]
Alfréd Hajós
Ioannis Andreou
none awarded
Sailors 100 m freestyle[4]
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


  1. ^ "Athens 1896 Swimming 100m Freestyle Men Result". Olympics.com. Retrieved 2021-09-03.
  2. ^ "Athens 1896 Swimming 400m Freestyle Men Result". Olympics.com. Retrieved 2021-09-03.
  3. ^ "Athens 1896 Swimming 1200m Freestyle Men Result". Olympics.com. Retrieved 2021-09-03.
  4. ^ "Athens 1896 Swimming 100m Freestyle for Sailors Men Result". Olympics.com. Retrieved 2021-09-03.

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