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

The men's 200 metre freestyle was a sprint swimming event in the Swimming at the 1900 Summer Olympics program in Paris. It was the shortest of the three freestyle events. It was held on 11 August and 12 August 1900. 26 swimmers from 10 nations competed.[1]

Men's 200 metre freestyle
at the Games of the II Olympiad
VenueRiver Seine
DatesAugust 11 (semifinals)
August 12 (final)
Competitors26 from 10 nations
Frederick Lane
Zoltán Halmay
Karl Ruberl



In the first round, there were five semifinals. The winner of each semifinal advanced to the final, as did the five fastest losers from across all the semifinals. The semifinals were held on 11 August.

Semifinal 1

1 Otto Wahle (AUT)2:35.6
2 Robert Crawshaw (GBR)2:40.0
3 Julius Frey (GER)2:50.4
4 Erik Eriksson (SWE)3:05.8
5 Paolo Bussetti (ITA)3:35.0

Semifinal 2

1 Zoltán Halmay (HUN)2:38.0
2 Peter Kemp (GBR)2:51.0
3 Féret (FRA)3:12.2
4 Victor Cadet (FRA)3:24.0

Semifinal 3

1 Frederick Lane (AUS)2:59.0
2 René Tartara (FRA)3:13.0
3 Victor Hochepied (FRA)3:46.6
4 Texier (FRA)3:47.0
5 Paul Peyrusson (FRA)3:47.6
DNF Pujol (FRA)-

Semifinal 4

1 Jules Clévenot (FRA)3:05.0
2 Herman Alexander de By (NED)3:10.4
3 Fred Hendschel (USA)3:42.0
4 R. Foregger (AUT)4:32.0
5 Léauté (FRA)4:39.4

Semifinal 5

1 Karl Ruberl (AUT)2:22.6
2 F. Stapleton (GBR)2:47.0
3 Louis Martin (FRA)2:47.4
4 Maurice Hochepied (FRA)2:48.0
5 Adam (FRA)4:28.0
6 Ronaux (FRA)4:36.4


The final was held on 12 August. Wahle did not start in the final. Lane won easily, more than six seconds ahead of Halmay and Ruberl.

1 Frederick Lane (AUS)2:25.2
2 Zoltán Halmay (HUN)2:31.4
3 Karl Ruberl (AUT)2:32.0
4 Robert Crawshaw (GBR)2:45.6
5 Maurice Hochepied (FRA)2:53.0
6 F. Stapleton (GBR)2:55.0
7 Jules Clévenot (FRA)2:56.2
8 Julius Frey (GER)2:58.2
9 Louis Martin (FRA)Unknown
 Otto Wahle (AUT)DNS


  1. "Swimming at the 1900 Paris Summer Games: Men's 200 metres Freestyle". Sports Reference. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
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