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Swimming at the 1906 Athina Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Faliron Bay, Peiraias
Date Started: April 24, 1906
Date Finished: April 25, 1906

Gold: USA Charlie Daniels
Silver: HUN Zoltán von Halmay
Bronze: AUS Cecil Healy

Summary

The top swim sprinters in the world were present for this race. Charlie Daniels would won the 1906-07 Amateur Swimming Association (ASA/Britain) titles, and was U.S. champion over 100 yards in 1905-08, and 220 yards in 1904-08 and 1910. Zoltán von Halmay was ASA champion over 100 yards in 1905 and 220 yards in 1907, and held the world record in the event at the time, with a mark of 1:05 4/5. Cecil Healy would win the ASA 220 yard title in 1906.

Heats of the 100-meter freestyle were held on 24 April [11 April]. There were two heats, and strangely, they are not reported in the official results. But they were definitely held as they were reported in all the newspapers of the time. However, their omission from the official results makes the heat make-ups the only events for the 1906 Olympics for which I am not 100% positive of the precise competitors. These have been pieced together from various newspapers and consultations with various experts.

The two heats were won by Charlie Daniels, who won the first heat narrowly over Australia's Healy; and Britain's Paul Radmilovic, who won the second heat narrowly over Hungary's Zoltán von Halmay.

The final was scheduled for 25 April 12 April] but was postponed to the next day, because of the weather conditions. It appears that nine swimmers advanced to the final, although the original rules noted that only the first four finishers in each heat would go on to the finals, making a final of eight competitors. However, the Hungarian [József Onódy is listed as having competed in the final in several 1906 sources. The final turned into a battle early on between Daniels and Halmay. Daniels won by a few meters over Halmay with Australia's Cecil Healy far back in third place.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Charlie Daniels 21 United States USA Gold OR
2 Zoltán von Halmay 24 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Cecil Healy 24 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Paul Radmilovic 20 Great Britain GBR
5 Rob Derbyshire 27 Great Britain GBR
6 József Ónody 23 Hungary HUN
7 Marquard Schwarz 18 United States USA
8 Hjalmar Johansson 32 Sweden SWE
9 Robert Andersson 19 Sweden SWE
5 h1 r1/2 Albert Bouguin France FRA
6 h1 r1/2 Ludvig Dam 22 Denmark DEN
6 h2 r1/2 Harald Julin 16 Sweden SWE
AC h1 r1/2 P. Paraskevopoulos Greece GRE DNF
AC h2 r1/2 Georg Hoffmann Germany GER
AC h2 r1/2 Vasilios Leontopoulos Greece GRE
AC h2 r1/2 Spyridon Tzetzos Greece GRE
AC h2 r1/2 Mario Albertini Italy ITA