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Swimming at the 1900 Paris Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Obstacle Course

Swimming at the 1900 Summer Games:

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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
Format: There were three obstacles. The competitors first had to climb over a pole, then climb over a row of boats, and then swim under another row of boats.

Gold: AUS Fred Lane
Silver: AUT Otto Wahle
Bronze: GBR Peter Kemp

Summary

This was another unusual event, also held for the only time in Olympic history. There were three obstacles. The competitors first had to climb over a pole, then climb over a row of boats, and then swim under another row of boats. Fred Lane (AUS) won his second championship of the 1900 Olympic swimming events, although this was a close race between Lane and Austria’s Otto Wahle. Wahle was a well-known Austrian swim coach who later coached in the United States and also swam at the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Fred Lane 20 Australia AUS Gold
2 Otto Wahle 20 Austria AUT Silver
3 Peter Kemp Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Karl Ruberl 18 Austria AUT
5 Frederick Stapleton 23 Great Britain GBR
6 William Henry 40 Great Britain GBR
7 Maurice Hochepied 18 France FRA
8 Verbecke France FRA
9 J. Bertrand France FRA
10 Louis Marc France FRA
4 h2 r1/2 Victor Hochepied 16 France FRA
4 h3 r1/2 Fred Hendschel 20 United States USA