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Swimming at the 1908 London Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 15, 1908
Date Finished: July 18, 1908

Gold: GBR Fred Holman
Silver: GBR William Robinson
Bronze: SWE Pontus Hanson


In the final, Pontus Hanson took the lead and held a 2 metre margin through 50 metres. At 100 metres, William Robinson (GBR) and Hanson were equal first. By 150 metres, Hanson had faded to last, but he would recover slightly to get the bronze medal. Fred Holman did not take the lead until the last lap but pulled away to win by 2 yards.

Holman never won a British breaststroke championship, as he could never defeat the top breaststroker of the era, Percy Courtman, who was ASA champion at 220 yards in 1907-09, and 1912-13. Courtman competed in this event, but in round one, he finished second to Belgium's Félicien Courbet, and did not qualify for the semi-finals.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Fred Holman Great Britain GBR Gold WR
2 William Robinson 37 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Pontus Hanson 23 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Ödön Toldi 14 Hungary HUN
3 h1 r2/3 Erich Seidel Germany GER
3 h2 r2/3 Wilhelm Persson 22 Sweden SWE
4 h1 r2/3 József Fabinyi 21 Hungary HUN
4 h2 r2/3 Félicien Courbet 20 Belgium BEL
2 h1 r1/3 Richard Rösler Germany GER
2 h2 r1/3 András Baronyi 15 Hungary HUN
2 h3 r1/3 Hjalmar Johansson 34 Sweden SWE
2 h5 r1/3 Per Fjästad 25 Sweden SWE
2 h6 r1/3 Torsten Kumfeldt 22 Sweden SWE
2 h7 r1/3 Percy Courtman 19 Great Britain GBR
3 h1 r1/3 Max Gumpel 18 Sweden SWE
3 h2 r1/3 Augustus Goessling 29 United States USA
3 h3 r1/3 Arthur Davies Great Britain GBR
3 h4 r1/3 Sydney Gooday 20 Great Britain GBR
3 h5 r1/3 John Henriksson 24 Finland FIN
3 h6 r1/3 Harald Klem 23 Denmark DEN
3 h7 r1/3 Adolf Andersson 19 Sweden SWE
4 h3 r1/3 Pierre Strauwen Belgium BEL
4 h4 r1/3 Amilcare Beretta 16 Italy ITA
AC h2 r1/3 Herman Cederberg 24 Finland FIN
AC h2 r1/3 Frank Naylor Great Britain GBR
AC h5 r1/3 Edward Cooke Australasia ANZ DNF
AC h6 r1/3 Hugo Jonsson 24 Finland FIN DNF