Swimming at the 1920 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metre breaststroke

The men's 400 metre breaststroke was a swimming event held as part of the swimming at the 1920 Summer Olympics programme.[1] It was the third and last appearance of the event.

Men's 400 metre breaststroke
at the Games of the VII Olympiad
VenueStade Nautique d'Antwerp
DatesAugust 22–25
Competitors20 from 10 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s) Håkan Malmrot  Sweden
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Thor Henning  Sweden
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Arvo Aaltonen  Finland
← 1912

A total of 20 swimmers from ten nations competed in the event, which was held from Sunday, August 22 to Wednesday, August 25, 1920.


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1920 Summer Olympics.

World Record 6:14.4   Percy Courtman ? 1912
Olympic Record 6:29.6   Walter Bathe Stockholm (SWE) July 12, 1912



The fastest two in each heat and the fastest third-placed from across the heats advanced.

Quarterfinal 1Edit

Rank Swimmer Nation Time Notes
1 Thor Henning   Sweden 6:46.2 Q
2 Lucien Lebaillif   France 7:12.2 Q
3 Mike McDermott   United States 7:12.8 q
4 Rex Lassam   Great Britain Unknown
Sidney Gooday   Canada DNF

Quarterfinal 2Edit

Rank Swimmer Nation Time Notes
1 Håkan Malmrot   Sweden 6:49.0 Q
2 Arvo Aaltonen   Finland 6:50.0 Q
3 Félicien Courbet   Belgium 7:20.0
4 Charles Quinby   United States Unknown
Luis Balcells   Spain DNF

Quarterfinal 3Edit

Rank Swimmer Nation Time Notes
1 Jack Howell   United States 6:57.0 Q
2 Per Cederblom   Sweden 7:14.0 Q
3 George Robertson   Great Britain 7:28.0
4 Émile Arbogast   France Unknown
5 Édouard Henry   Belgium Unknown

Quarterfinal 4Edit

Rank Swimmer Nation Time Notes
1 Olle Dickson   Sweden 7:12.0 Q
2 Henri Demiéville   Switzerland 7:12.4 Q
3 Stephen Ruddy   United States 7:13.0
4 Édouard Van Haelen   Belgium Unknown
5 Eduard Stibor   Czechoslovakia Unknown


The fastest two in each semifinal and the faster of the two third-placed swimmer advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Swimmer Nation Time Notes
1 Håkan Malmrot   Sweden 6:44.8 Q
2 Per Cederblom   Sweden 7:05.6 Q
3 Mike McDermott   United States 7:13.2
4 Henri Demiéville   Switzerland Unknown

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Swimmer Nation Time Notes
1 Arvo Aaltonen   Finland 6:45.0 Q
Thor Henning   Sweden 6:45.0 Q
3 Jack Howell   United States 6:51.4 q
4 Olle Dickson   Sweden 6:59.0
5 Lucien Lebaillif   France Unknown


Rank Swimmer Nation Time
  Håkan Malmrot   Sweden 6:31.8
  Thor Henning   Sweden 6:45.2
  Arvo Aaltonen   Finland 6:48.0
4 Jack Howell   United States 6:51.0
5 Per Cederblom   Sweden Unknown


  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1920 Antwerp Summer Games: Men's 400 metres Breaststroke". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 30 August 2016.

External linksEdit

  • Belgium Olympic Committee (1957). Olympic Games Antwerp 1920: Official Report (in French).
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Retrieved 2 May 2008.