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

The men's 200 metre team swimming was an event on the swimming at the 1900 Summer Olympics schedule in Paris. It was held on August 12, 1900. 20 swimmers from two nations constituted four teams; 18 of the swimmers actually swam.

Men's 200 metre team swimming
at the Games of the II Olympiad
VenueRiver Seine
DateAugust 12
Competitors20 from 2 nations
Deutscher Schwimm-Verband Berlin
Tritons Lillois
Pupilles de Neptune de Lille

There were four heats, with five swimmers in each heat. Scoring used a fairly strange system—swimmers were seeded into the heats, then received a number of points depending on what place they received in which heat. The five swimmers in the first heat were given between 1 and 5 points, with the winner receiving 1 and points increasing with place. The swimmers in the second heat received between 6 and 10 points, and so on. The scores of the five swimmers on a team were summed, and the team with the fewest points won. This gave a strong advantage to the German team, which had three swimmers in the first heat, and an equally strong disadvantage to the Parisian team, with three swimmers in the fourth heat.

If points are given by best time regardless of heat, the Pupilles de Neptune and the Tritons switch places, though the Germans still win and the Parisian team still takes fourth.[1]



Heat 1

1 Ernst Hoppenberg (GER)Deutscher Schwimm-Verband Berlin2:35.41
2 Max Hainle (GER)Deutscher Schwimm-Verband Berlin2:36.02
3 Maurice Hochepied (FRA)Tritons Lillois2:53.03
4 Julius Frey[2] (GER)Deutscher Schwimm-Verband Berlin2:55.04
5 Joseph Bertrand (FRA)Tritons Lillois3:00.05

Heat 2

1 Max Schöne[3] (GER)Deutscher Schwimm-Verband Berlin2:42.06
2 Jules Clévenot (FRA)Libellule de Paris2:45.07
3 René Tartara (FRA)Pupilles de Neptune de Lille2:48.68
4 Désiré Mérchez (FRA)Pupilles de Neptune de Lille2:55.49
5 B. Rosier (FRA)Libellule de Paris3:04.410

Heat 3

1 Louis Martin (FRA)Pupilles de Neptune de Lille2:51.411
2 Victor Hochepied (FRA)Tritons Lillois2:56.412
3 Jules Verbecke (FRA)Tritons Lillois3:01.613
4 Georges Leuillieux (FRA)Pupilles de Neptune de Lille2:55.014

Heat 4

1 R. Féret (FRA)Libellule de Paris3:00.415
2 Gasaigne (FRA)Libellule de Paris3:02.016
3 Pelloy (FRA)Libellule de Paris3:06.017
4 Victor Cadet (FRA)Tritons Lillois3:18.018

Did not start

The following two swimmers did not compete and thus earned 20 points for their teams:

Team scores

The final was held on August 12.

1Deutscher Schwimm-Verband BerlinErnst Hoppenberg
Max Hainle
Julius Frey
Max Schöne
Herbert von Petersdorff
 Germany (GER)33
2Tritons LilloisMaurice Hochepied
Joseph Bertrand
Victor Hochepied
Jules Verbecke
Victor Cadet
 France (FRA)51
3Pupilles de Neptune de LilleRené Tartara
Désiré Mérchez
Louis Martin
Georges Leuillieux
 France (FRA)62
4Libellule de ParisJules Clévenot
R. Féret
 France (FRA)65


  1. Mallon, pp. 201, 205-6
  2. Mallon gives this swimmer as Ernest Luhrsen.
  3. Mallon gives this swimmer as Gustav Lexau.
  4. Houben did not actually compete; however, he is listed in the IOC's medal database as part of the Neptune team.


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