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Swimming at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Antwerp Swimming Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 26, 1920
Date Finished: August 29, 1920

Gold: SWE Håkan Malmrot
Silver: SWE Thor Henning
Bronze: FIN Arvo Aaltonen

Summary

The defending champion was Walter Bathe of Germany, who set the Olympic record of 3:01.8 in the 1912 final. The world record was held by Percy Courtman (GBR), who had recorded 2:56.6 in 1914. Bathe could not compete in Antwerp, because Germany was not invited, and Courtman also did not show for this event. The event was wide-open but Håkan Malmrot of Sweden won his heat, his semi-final, and final without being pressed. Four days earlier, Malmrot had also won the 400 breaststroke.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Håkan Malmrot 19 Sweden SWE Gold
2 Thor Henning 25 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Arvo Aaltonen 30 Finland FIN Bronze
4 Jack Howell 21 United States USA
5 Ivan Stedman 25 Australia AUS
AC r3/3 Per Cederblom 18 Sweden SWE DNF
4 h1 r2/3 Olle Dickson 19 Sweden SWE
4 h2 r2/3 Mike McDermott 27 United States USA
5 h1 r2/3 Paul Neeckx Belgium BEL
3 h1 r1/3 Édouard Henry Belgium BEL
3 h3 r1/3 Édouard Van Haelen Belgium BEL
3 h4 r1/3 William Stoney 21 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r1/3 Rex Lassam 23 Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r1/3 Théodore Michel Luxembourg LUX
4 h3 r1/3 Stephen Ruddy 18 United States USA
4 h4 r1/3 Herbert Taylor 27 United States USA
5 h1 r1/3 Sydney Gooday 32 Canada CAN
5 h2 r1/3 Émile Arbogast 19 France FRA
5 h3 r1/3 Eduard Stibor Czechoslovakia TCH
5 h4 r1/3 Lucien Lebaillif France FRA
6 h2 r1/3 Ernest Parker 24 Great Britain GBR
6 h3 r1/3 George Robertson Great Britain GBR
6 h4 r1/3 Luis Balcells Spain ESP
7 h4 r1/3 Félicien Courbet 32 Belgium BEL