Swimming at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's 500 metre freestyle

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Men's 500 metre freestyle
at the Games of the I Olympiad
Venue Bay of Zea
Date April 11
Competitors 3 from 2 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Paul Neumann
2nd, silver medalist(s) Antonios Pepanos
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Efstathios Chorafas
Swimming events at the
1896 Summer Olympics
Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
100 m   men
500 m men
1200 m men
100 m sailors men

The men's 500 metre freestyle was one of the four swimming events on the Swimming at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme.

Only three swimmers entered the 500 metre freestyle. Neumann added Austria's first gold medal to Herschmann's silver. Alfréd Hajós, the winner of the 100m, had intended to sweep the three open swimming events, but did not compete in the 500m because it was begun immediately after the 100 metres. Chorophas was the only swimmer to compete in all three events.


Place Swimmer Time
1  Paul Neumann (AUT) 8:12.6
2  Antonios Pepanos (GRE) 9:57.6
3  Efstathios Chorafas (GRE) Unknown


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