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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.

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