Swimming at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's 1200 metre freestyle
|Men's 1200 metre freestyle|
at the Games of the I Olympiad
Swimming at the 1896 Summer Olympics
|Venue||Bay of Zea|
|Competitors||9 from 4 nations|
The final swimming race was the longest. Despite having already won the 100 metre race, Hajós competed again in the 1,200 metres along with eight other swimmers. He won once again, finishing nearly 100 metres ahead of the rest of the field. Neumann, who had won the 500 metres, was unable to finish the 1,200. The places of Williams and the four Greeks who did not finish in the top three are unknown, as are the full names of all four of those Greeks and any part of the names of three of them.
This was the only appearance of a 1200 metre event. The 1900 Games had a 1000 metre freestyle before the 1 mile/1500 metre length became standard in 1904.
The 1,200 metre freestyle was the fourth and final swimming event.
|Saturday, 11 April 1896||Saturday, 30 March 1896||11:00||Final|
|Gardner Williams||United States||Unknown|
|Three others, names unknown||Greece||Unknown|
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- Official Report, part 2, p. 97.
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