Swimming at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's 500 metre freestyle
|Men's 500 metre freestyle|
at the Games of the I Olympiad
Swimming at the 1896 Summer Olympics
|Venue||Bay of Zea|
|Competitors||3 from 2 nations|
Only three swimmers entered the 500 metre freestyle. Paul 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.
This was the only appearance of a 500 metre freestyle event, with 1900 having 200- and 1000-metre events and the now-standard 400 metre event debuting in 1904 (in yards, for that Games only).
The 500 metre freestyle was the third of the swimming events, held shortly after the 100 metre freestyle and the sailor-only 100 metre freestyle.
|Saturday, 11 April 1896||Saturday, 30 March 1896||11:00||Final|
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