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Swimming at the 1908 London Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 17, 1908
Date Finished: July 20, 1908

Gold: USA Charlie Daniels
Silver: HUN Zoltán von Halmay
Bronze: SWE Harald Julin


The final brought together the two top sprinters in the world and the last two Olympic champions. [Charlie Daniels] had won in 1906 at Athens and in 1904 at St. Louis, he had finished 3rd behind Hungary's [Zoltán von Halmay]. Halmay was the recognized holder of the world record, having posted 1:06.8 in Vienna on 3 December 1905.

In the final, Halmay started quickly and led through 30 metres, when Daniels caught him. At 50 metres, Daniels had a very slight lead. At the finish he was ahead by ½ yard, while Halmay led [Harald Julin] by 2 yards. Both Daniels and Halmay broke the old world record.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Charlie Daniels 23 United States USA Gold WR
2 Zoltán von Halmay 26 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Harald Julin 18 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Leslie Rich 21 United States USA
3 h1 r2/3 Harry Hebner 16 United States USA
3 h2 r2/3 George Dockrell 21 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r2/3 Frank Beaurepaire 16 Australasia ANZ
4 h2 r2/3 Otto Scheff 18 Austria AUT
5 h2 r2/3 Addin Tyldesley Great Britain GBR
AC h1 r2/3 Wilfred Edwards 18 Great Britain GBR
AC h1 r2/3 Paul Radmilovic 22 Great Britain GBR
2 h1 r1/3 Theo Tartakover Australasia ANZ
2 h3 r1/3 Lambertus Benenga 22 Netherlands NED
2 h4 r1/3 Rob Derbyshire 29 Great Britain GBR
2 h5 r1/3 József Ónody 25 Hungary HUN
2 h7 r1/3 Robert Zimmerman 26 Canada CAN
2 h9 r1/3 André Duprez Belgium BEL
3 h5 r1/3 George Innocent 22 Great Britain GBR
AC h1 r1/3 Herman Meyboom 18 Belgium BEL
AC h1 r1/3 Harald Klem 23 Denmark DEN
AC h1 r1/3 Davide Baiardo 20 Italy ITA
AC h1 r1/3 Bouke Benenga 20 Netherlands NED
AC h2 r1/3 Gérard Meister 18 France FRA
AC h2 r1/3 József Munk 17 Hungary HUN
AC h2 r1/3 Conrad Trubenbach 25 United States USA
AC h3 r1/3 Poul Holm 19 Denmark DEN
AC h3 r1/3 Henrik Hajós 21 Hungary HUN
AC h3 r1/3 Robert Andersson 21 Sweden SWE
AC h4 r1/3 Victor Boin 22 Belgium BEL
AC h4 r1/3 Robert Foster 17 United States USA
AC h5 r1/3 Hjalmar Saxtorph 25 Denmark DEN
AC h5 r1/3 René André France FRA
AC h6 r1/3 Edward Cooke Australasia ANZ
AC h6 r1/3 Fernand Feyaerts Belgium BEL