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

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Men's 100 metre freestyle
at the Games of the I Olympiad
Venue Bay of Zea
Dates April 11
Competitors 10 from 4 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Alfréd Hajós
2nd, silver medalist(s) Otto Herschmann
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Not awarded
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The men's 100 metre freestyle was one of the four swimming events on the Swimming at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. The 100 metre freestyle race was the first of the swimming events. 10 swimmers entered the race. The two competitors from Austria-Hungary finished in the top two places, though no record distinguishes the places of the other eight competitors. The names of four of the Greek swimmers are not known.

Hajós beat Herschmann by less than a body length.


Place Swimmer Time
1  Alfréd Hajós (HUN) 1:22.2
2  Otto Herschmann (AUT) 1:22.8
3-10  Georgios Anninos (GRE) Unknown
 Efstathios Chorafas (GRE) Unknown
 Alexandros Chrysafos (GRE) Unknown
 Gardner Williams (USA) Unknown
 Four others, names unknown (GRE) Unknown


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