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Swimming at the 1900 Paris Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Backstroke

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

Gold: GER Ernst Hoppenberg
Silver: AUT Karl Ruberl
Bronze: NED Johannes Drost

Summary

Robert Crawshaw was noted by The New York Herald Tribune to be the "champion breast and back swimmer of the world." But in the heats he was soundly beaten by German champion Ernst Hoppenberg. Some sources state that Crawshaw then did not finish the final, while The Field states that he did not compete. If so, it is likely due to his trouncing in the heats. The backstroke event started with the swimmers on a high pontoon from which they had to dive into the water and then turn onto their backs to begin the backstroke.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ernst Hoppenberg 21 Germany GER Gold OR
2 Karl Ruberl 18 Austria AUT Silver
3 Johannes Drost 19 Netherlands NED Bronze
4 Johannes Bloemen 35 Netherlands NED
5 Bill Burgess 27 Great Britain GBR
6 de Romand France FRA
7 Paolo Bussetti Italy ITA
8 Erik Eriksson Sweden SWE
AC r2/2 Georges Leuillieux 20 France FRA DNF
AC r2/2 Robert Crawshaw 31 Great Britain GBR DNF
3 h2 r1/2 Chevrand France FRA
5 h1 r1/2 Lapostolet France FRA
5 h3 r1/2 Lué France FRA
6 h1 r1/2 Fumouze France FRA
6 h3 r1/2 Paul Peyrusson France FRA
7 h3 r1/2 Texier France FRA