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Swimming at the 1924 Paris Summer Games

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Host City: Paris, France
Date Started: July 13, 1924
Date Finished: July 20, 1924
Events: 11

Participants: 169 (118 men and 51 women) from 23 countries
Youngest Participant: USA Matilda Scheurich (14 years, 6 days)
Oldest Participant: FIN Arvo Aaltonen (34 years, 225 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 4 athletes with 3 medals
Most Medals (Country): USA United States (19 medals)

Overview

The 1924 Olympic swimming program took place at the Piscine des Tourelles, or the Tourelles Swimming Pool, in Saint-Mandé. It still exists, but was renovated in 1989, and is now known as the Stade Nautique Georges Vallerey.

The 1924 Olympic Program consisted of 11 swimming events, 6 for men and 5 for women. The men's program was unchanged from 1920, with the same six events. The women added two events – the 200 metre breaststroke and the 100 metre backstroke. In addition, the women’s longer freestyle event was changedfrom 300 metres, which was the distance in 1920, to 400 metres.

The United States dominated the competition for both genders, winning 9 of 11 gold medals and 19 of the 33 available medals. Among the men the Americans won 5 golds and 9 medals, while the women won 4 golds and 10 medals.

The swimming star of the 1924 Olympics was the United States' Johnny Weissmuller, who won gold medals in the 100 freestyle, 400 freestyle, and the 4×200 relay. He also added a bronze medal in water polo. Three swimmers won three medals – Australian Boy Charlton, American Trudy Ederle, and Sweden's Arne Borg, while American Ethel Lackie was the only other swimmer, besides Weissmuller, to win two gold medals.

Medalists