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

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.

Men's 100 metre freestyle
at the Games of the I Olympiad
VenueBay of Zea
DatesApril 11
Competitors10 from 4 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s) Alfréd Hajós
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Otto Herschmann
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Not awarded
1904 (100 yd) →

Hajós beat Herschmann by less than a body length.

Competition formatEdit

The competition involved a single race, with all swimmers competing at the same time.


Rank Swimmer Nation Time
  Alfréd Hajós   Hungary 1:22.2
  Otto Herschmann   Austria 1:22.8
3-10 Georgios Anninos   Greece Unknown
3-10 Efstathios Chorafas   Greece Unknown
3-10 Alexandros Chrysafos   Greece Unknown
3-10 Gardner Williams   United States Unknown
3-10 Four others, names unknown   Greece Unknown


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