Swimming at the 1904 Summer Olympics – Men's 220 yard freestyle
The men's 220 yard freestyle was a swimming event held as part of the Swimming at the 1904 Summer Olympics programme. It was the second time the event was held at the Olympics, though the only time yards were used instead of metres. The length, approximately 201 metres, was slightly longer than the 200 metres that had been held at the 1900 Summer Olympics and that would return at the 1968 Summer Olympics. It was held on 6 September in a man-made lake in Forest Park. 4 swimmers from 3 nations competed. The event was won by Charles Daniels of the United States. Francis Gailey of Australia took silver, while Emil Rausch of Germany earned bronze. It was the first medal in the 200 metre/220 yard freestyle for each of the United States and Germany; Australia had received gold in 1900 (by Frederick Lane).
|Men's 220 yard freestyle|
at the Games of the III Olympiad
|Competitors||4 from 3 nations|
This was the second appearance of the 200 metre/220 yard freestyle event. It was first contested in 1900. It would be contested a second time, though at 220 yards, in 1904. After that, the event did not return until 1968; since then, it has been on the programme at every Summer Games.
None of the competitors from the 1900 Games returned.
All three of the competing nations were making their second appearance, having previously competed in 1900.
The event was held as a single race. Any stroke could be used.
The standing world and Olympic records (both for 200 metres) prior to this competition were as follows. Ruberl's Olympic record was set with assistance from the current of the Seine, as the swimming events in 1900 were swum downstream in that river.
|World record||Frederick Lane (AUS)||2:28.6||Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland||18 August 1902|
|Olympic record||Karl Ruberl (HUN)||2:22.6*||Paris, France||11 August 1900|
No new world or Olympic records were set during the competition.
|Tuesday, 6 September 1904||Final|
|Charles Daniels||United States||2:44.2|
|4||Edgar Adams||United States||Unknown|
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