Swimming at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's sailors 100 metre freestyle

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Men's 100 metre freestyle for sailors
at the Games of the I Olympiad
Venue Bay of Zea
Date April 11
Competitors 3 from 1 nation
1st, gold medalist(s) Ioannis Malokinis
2nd, silver medalist(s) Spiridon Chasapis
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Dimitrios Drivas

The men's sailors 100 metre freestyle was one of the four swimming events on the Swimming at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. The second swimming race was open only to sailors of the Greek Royal Navy. Eleven entered but only three actually took part in the event. The winning time was nearly a minute slower than that of the open 100 metre freestyle.

The exclusionary nature of this race is a rare phenomenon in the Olympic Games, which in general include only events open to all competitors; Bill Mallon, in his book about the 1896 Games, says of the event that "its inclusion in the Olympic records is dubious at best". However, the competition is included in the International Olympic Committee's database of Olympic medallists, and there is no record of Pierre de Coubertin or any other major figure in the beginning of the modern Olympic movement objecting to the consideration of the race as Olympic.


Place Swimmer Time
1  Ioannis Malokinis (GRE) 2:20.4
2  Spiridon Chasapis (GRE) Unknown
3  Dimitrios Drivas (GRE) Unknown


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  • Mallon, Bill & Widlund, Ture (1998). The 1896 Olympic Games. Results for All Competitors in All Events, with Commentary. Jefferson: McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-0379-9.  (Excerpt available at [2])
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