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Swimming at the 1896 Athina Summer Games:

Men's 1,200 metres Freestyle

Swimming at the 1896 Summer Games:


Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Bay of Zea, Peiraias
Date Started: April 11, 1896
Date Finished: April 11, 1896
Format: Final only.

Gold: HUN Alfréd Hajós
Silver: GRE Ioannis Andreou


Hajós had hoped to enter, and win, all three swimming races open to all competitors. However, the 500 metres started immediately after the 100 metres, so he had to wait for the 1,200 to start so he could recover. [Alfréd Hajós] was born Arnold Guttmann, but he changed his name on the occasion of the 1,000th anniversary of the Magyar Empire. Hajós means sailor in Hungarian.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Alfréd Hajós 18 Hungary HUN Gold 18:22.2 OR
2 Ioannis Andreou Greece GRE Silver 21:03.4
AC Gardner Williams 18 United States USA
AC N. Katravas Greece GRE
AC Efstathios Khorafas Greece GRE
AC Paul Neumann 20 Austria AUT DNF