Swimming at the 1900 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre obstacle event

The men's 200 metre obstacle event was an obstacle swimming event in the 1900 Summer Olympics held in Paris. It was held on 11 August and 12 August 1900. Twelve swimmers from five nations competed.

Men's 200 metre obstacle course
at the Games of the II Olympiad
Fred Lane 1900.jpg
Frederick Lane, after winning the gold medal
VenueRiver Seine
DatesAugust 11 (semifinals)
August 12 (final)
Competitors12 from 5 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s) Frederick Lane
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Otto Wahle
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Peter Kemp
 Great Britain

There were three obstacles throughout the 200 metre course. Swimmers had to climb over the first two (a pole and a row of boats), and swim under the third (another row of boats).[1][2]



The two fastest swimmers in each heat as well as the four fastest losers from across the three heats advanced. This meant that 10 of the 12 swimmers moved on to the final.

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Swimmer Nation Time Notes
1 Frederick Lane   Australia 3:04.0 Q
2 Karl Ruberl   Austria 3:06.0 Q
3 F. Stapleton   Great Britain 3:18.4 q
4 Louis Marc   France 3:29.2 q

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Swimmer Nation Time Notes
1 Otto Wahle   Austria 2:56.1 Q
2 William Henry   Great Britain 3:14.4 Q
3 Jules Verbecke   France 3:18.0 q
4 Victor Hochepied   France 3:37.2

Semifinal 3Edit

Rank Swimmer Nation Time Notes
1 Peter Kemp   Great Britain 3:12.1 Q
2 Maurice Hochepied   France 3:16.2 Q
3 Joseph Bertrand   France 3:28.2 q
4 Fred Hendschel   United States 3:45.2


The final was held on 12 August.

Rank Swimmer Nation Time
  Frederick Lane   Australia 2:38.4
  Otto Wahle   Austria 2:40.0
  Peter Kemp   Great Britain 2:47.4
4 Karl Ruberl   Austria 2:51.2
5 F. Stapleton   Great Britain 2:55.0
6 William Henry   Great Britain 2:58.0
7 Maurice Hochepied   France 2:58.0
8 Jules Verbecke   France 3:08.4
9 Joseph Bertrand   France 3:17.0
10 Louis Marc   France 3:30.6


  1. ^ Swimming at the 1900 Paris Summer Games: Men's 200 metres Obstacle Course | Olympics at Sports-Reference.com Archived October 23, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Hoblin, Paul (2013). Amazing Olympic Records. 1980 Lookout Dr., Mankato, MN 56003-1705: The Child's World. p. 28. ISBN 9781614734055.CS1 maint: location (link)