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Swimming at the 1900 Paris Summer Games:

Men's 4,000 metres Freestyle

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 15, 1900
Date Finished: August 19, 1900
Format: Swum downstream from Pateaux to Asnières.

Gold: GBR John Jarvis
Silver: HUN Zoltán von Halmay
Bronze: FRA Louis Martin

Summary

In the 4,000 metre freestyle, John Jarvis was even more dominant, winning the race by over 10 minutes. The Field noted that he "won … in the easiest possible manner." He became better the longer the race. Zoltán von Halmay won his third medal in the freestyle events. Jarvis swam in an overhand stroke, likely the Australian crawl, while Halmay used the Trudgeon stroke. The fourth-place finisher, Tom Burgess, in 1911 became the second swimmer to successfully cross the English Channel (after Matthew Webb in 1875), after 11 unsuccessful attempts.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 John Jarvis 28 Great Britain GBR Gold OR
2 Zoltán von Halmay 18 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Louis Martin France FRA Bronze
4 Bill Burgess 27 Great Britain GBR
5 Eduard Meijer 22 Netherlands NED
6 Fabio Maioni Italy ITA
7 E. Martin France FRA
AC r2/2 Alois Anderle 30 Austria AUT DNF
AC r2/2 William Henry 40 Great Britain GBR DNF
3 h3 r1/2 Louis Laufray 18 France FRA
4 h2 r1/2 Texier France FRA
4 h3 r1/2 Mortier France FRA
5 h1 r1/2 Lagarde France FRA
5 h2 r1/2 Kobierski France FRA
6 h1 r1/2 de Romand France FRA
6 h2 r1/2 Lué France FRA
7 h1 r1/2 Fumouze France FRA
AC h1 r1/2 Hermand Belgium BEL DNF
AC h1 r1/2 Georges Leuillieux 20 France FRA DNF
AC h2 r1/2 Gallais France FRA DNF
AC h2 r1/2 L. Baudoin France FRA DNF
AC h2 r1/2 Landrich France FRA DNF
AC h3 r1/2 Gellé France FRA DNF
AC h3 r1/2 Heyberger France FRA DNF
AC h3 r1/2 Regnault France FRA DNF
AC h3 r1/2 Jules Clévenot 23 France FRA DNF
AC h3 r1/2 Loppé France FRA DNF
AC h3 r1/2 Vallée France FRA DNF
AC h3 r1/2 E. T. Jones Great Britain GBR DNF