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Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: Stockholm, Sweden
Venue(s): Swimming Stadium, Djurgården Bay, Stockholm
Date Started: July 7, 1912
Date Finished: July 10, 1912

Gold: GER Walter Bathe
Silver: GER Willy Lützow
Bronze: GER Paul Malisch

Summary

International breaststroke competition in this era was dominated by Continental Europeans, notably the Germans. The world record was held by Belgium’s Félicien Courbet, with a mark of 3:00.8 set at Schaerback on 2 October 1910. Although Courbet was in Stockholm he did not advance in his semi-final heat. The most recent ASA championships had been won as follows: 1907-09 - Percy Courtman (GBR), 1910 - Harald Julin (SWE), 1911 - Ödön Toldi (HUN), and 1912-13 - Courtman. Thus the event was wide-open.

But none of the above won a medal, although all but Toldi competed. The event was swept by the Germans, led by Walter Bathe, who challenged, but did not break, Courbet’s world record with a mark of 3:01.8.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Walter Bathe 19 Germany GER Gold OR
2 Willy Lützow 19 Germany GER Silver
3 Paul Malisch 30 Germany GER Bronze
4 Percy Courtman 23 Great Britain GBR
AC r3/3 Thor Henning 17 Sweden SWE DNF
3 h1 r2/3 Harald Julin 22 Sweden SWE
4 h1 r2/3 Lennart Lindroos 25 Finland FIN
4 h2 r2/3 Oszkár Demján 20 Hungary HUN
5 h1 r2/3 Carlyle Atkinson 19 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r2/3 Félicien Courbet 24 Belgium BEL
6 h1 r2/3 Arvo Aaltonen 22 Finland FIN
AC h2 r2/3 Pontus Hanson 27 Sweden SWE DNF
3 h2 r1/3 Nils Andersson 22 Sweden SWE
3 h4 r1/3 Fredrik Löwenadler 16 Sweden SWE
3 h6 r1/3 Herman Cederberg 28 Finland FIN
4 h1 r1/3 Frank Schryver 20 Australasia ANZ
4 h2 r1/3 Josef Wastl 19 Austria AUT
4 h6 r1/3 Vilhelm Lindgrén 16 Finland FIN
5 h2 r1/3 Georgy Baimakov 17 Russia RUS
5 h6 r1/3 Sven Hanson 20 Sweden SWE
6 h6 r1/3 Oscar Hamrén 20 Sweden SWE
AC h4 r1/3 Mike McDermott 19 United States USA DQ
AC h5 r1/3 George Innocent 26 Great Britain GBR DQ
AC h5 r1/3 Audun Rusten 17 Norway NOR DQ