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Swimming at the 1908 London Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 16, 1908
Date Finished: July 17, 1908

Gold: GER Arno Bieberstein
Silver: DEN Ludvig Dam
Bronze: GBR Bert Haresnape
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The Germans were considered the top backstroke swimmers in the world and they placed two men in the finals - Arno Bieberstein and Gustav Aurich. Bieberstein led the final from the start, with Britain's Bert Haresnape 2nd until 70 metres, at which time he was passed by Ludvig Dam (DEN). Bieberstein was German backstroke champion for 1905-07 and was also Austrian champion in 1907.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Arno Bieberstein 21 Germany GER Gold WR
2 Ludvig Dam 24 Denmark DEN Silver
3 Bert Haresnape 27 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Gustav Aurich Germany GER
3 h1 r2/3 Max Ritter 21 Germany GER
3 h2 r2/3 John R. Taylor 24 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r2/3 Stanley Parvin Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r2/3 Colin Lewis Great Britain GBR
2 h1 r1/3 Frederick Unwin Great Britain GBR
2 h2 r1/3 Sidney Willis Great Britain GBR
2 h3 r1/3 Bartholomeus Roodenburch 41 Netherlands NED
2 h6 r1/3 Augustus Goessling 29 United States USA
2 h7 r1/3 George Cortlever 22 Netherlands NED
3 h1 r1/3 Hugo Jonsson 24 Finland FIN
3 h2 r1/3 John Henriksson 24 Finland FIN
3 h3 r1/3 Robert Zimmerman 26 Canada CAN
3 h4 r1/3 Amilcare Beretta 16 Italy ITA
3 h6 r1/3 Gustaf Wretman 19 Sweden SWE
3 h7 r1/3 Eric Seaward Great Britain GBR
AC h6 r1/3 Oscar Grégoire 31 Belgium BEL DNF
AC h7 r1/3 Sándor Kugler Hungary HUN DQ