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Swimming at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Breaststroke

Swimming at the 1920 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Antwerp Swimming Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 22, 1920
Date Finished: August 25, 1920

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


Sweden’s [Håkan Malmrot] swam comfortably in his heat, barely edging out Finland’s [Arvo Aaltonen]. But then in the semi-finals, he won by over 21 seconds and his margin in the final was a dominating 14 seconds. This was the last time this event was contested at the Olympics.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsFinalSemi-FinalsRound One

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 Per Cederblom 18 Sweden SWE
3 h1 r2/3 Mike McDermott 27 United States USA
4 h1 r2/3 Henri Demiéville Switzerland SUI
4 h2 r2/3 Olle Dickson 19 Sweden SWE
5 h2 r2/3 Lucien Lebaillif France FRA
3 h2 r1/3 Félicien Courbet 32 Belgium BEL
3 h3 r1/3 George Robertson Great Britain GBR
3 h4 r1/3 Stephen Ruddy 18 United States USA
4 h1 r1/3 Rex Lassam 23 Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r1/3 Charles Quinby 20 United States USA
4 h3 r1/3 Émile Arbogast 19 France FRA
4 h4 r1/3 Édouard Van Haelen Belgium BEL
5 h3 r1/3 Édouard Henry Belgium BEL
5 h4 r1/3 Eduard Stibor Czechoslovakia TCH
AC h1 r1/3 Sydney Gooday 32 Canada CAN DNF
AC h2 r1/3 Luis Balcells Spain ESP DNF