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
|Venue||Bay of Zea|
|Competitors||10 from 4 nations|
Hajós beat Herschmann by less than a body length.
The competition involved a single race, with all swimmers competing at the same time.
|3-10||Gardner Williams||United States||Unknown|
|3-10||Four others, names unknown||Greece||Unknown|
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