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Swimming at the 1900 Paris Summer Games:

Men's 1,000 metres Freestyle

Swimming at the 1900 Summer Games:


Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Seine, Courbevoie Bridge – Asnières Bridge, Paris
Date Started: August 11, 1900
Date Finished: August 12, 1900

Gold: GBR John Jarvis
Silver: AUT Otto Wahle
Bronze: HUN Zoltán von Halmay


John Jarvis of Great Britain was the heavy favorite. At the British Championships, he had won the 440 yards in 1898 and 1900, the 880 yards from 1898-1901, the mile 1897-1902, and he would win the long-distance championship from 1898-1904. The longer the race, the better he swam. Jarvis won this race easily, by over one minute, although he had won his heat by three minutes. However, a French swimmer named Verbecke posted one of the most lopsided victories ever in the second heat, winning by almost seven minutes. This was surely more a function of his competition, as he finished only eighth in the final, and his qualifying time was bettered by eight other swimmers.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 John Jarvis 28 Great Britain GBR Gold OR
2 Otto Wahle 20 Austria AUT Silver
3 Zoltán von Halmay 18 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Max Hainle 18 Germany GER
5 Louis Martin France FRA
6 Georges Leuillieux 20 France FRA
7 Maurice Hochepied 18 France FRA
8 Jules Verbecke 20 France FRA
9 Erik Eriksson Sweden SWE
AC r2/2 Bill Burgess 27 Great Britain GBR DNF
2 h2 r1/2 Lué France FRA
3 h2 r1/2 Lapostolet France FRA
4 h1 r1/2 Fumouze France FRA
4 h3 r1/2 Désiré Mérchez 17 France FRA
4 h4 r1/2 Texier France FRA
AC h2 r1/2 Souchu France FRA DNF