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Swimming at the 1924 Paris Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Tourelles Swimming Pool, Saint-Mandé
Date Started: July 15, 1924
Date Finished: July 17, 1924

Gold: USA Bob Skelton
Silver: BEL Joseph De Combe
Bronze: USA Bill Kirschbaum

Summary

In the absence of German world record holder Erich Rademacher and his German team-mate Sommer, the mantle of favourite fell on the Americans and in particular, Bob Skelton. Skelton started his tilt for an Olympic title by setting a new Olympic record in the opening heat of the event and was never challenged in the final. He finished clear of Joseph de Combe of Belgium but was six seconds adrift of Rademacher’s world record.

Frigyes Jung-Hollósi of Hungary, who failed to qualify from his heat, returned to Olympic competition twelve years later as part of the Hungarian rowing eight. Turner Chapman‘s role in Olympic history was forever relegated to a footnote when, as the Canadian lined up for his heat, officials ordered him to leave the arena, a victim of a dispute between the Canadian Olympic Committee and the national swimming authorities.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Bob Skelton 20 United States USA Gold
2 Joseph De Combe 22 Belgium BEL Silver
3 Bill Kirschbaum 21 United States USA Bronze
4 Bengt Linders 19 Sweden SWE
5 Robert Wyss 23 Switzerland SUI
3 h2 r2/3 Thor Henning 29 Sweden SWE
4 h1 r2/3 Frigyes Hollósi 18 Hungary HUN
4 h2 r2/3 Edward Maw 21 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r2/3 Reggie Flint 20 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r2/3 Zoltán Bitskey 20 Hungary HUN
6 h1 r2/3 Rudolf Piowatý Czechoslovakia TCH
3 h2 r1/3 Márton Sipos 24 Hungary HUN
3 h3 r1/3 Bo Johnsson 21 Sweden SWE
3 h4 r1/3 Henri Bouvier France FRA
3 h5 r1/3 Clarrie Heard New Zealand NZL
4 h1 r1/3 Ivan Stedman 29 Australia AUS
4 h2 r1/3 Arvo Aaltonen 34 Finland FIN
4 h3 r1/3 Viljo Wiklund 21 Finland FIN
4 h4 r1/3 Gerlacus Moes 21 Netherlands NED
4 h5 r1/3 Tsunenobu Ishida 18 Japan JPN
5 h1 r1/3 William Stoney 25 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r1/3 Marius Zwiller France FRA
5 h3 r1/3 Luciano Trolli 20 Italy ITA
5 h4 r1/3 Emerico Biach 30 Italy ITA
5 h5 r1/3 Jaroslav Müller Czechoslovakia TCH
6 h1 r1/3 Georges Vallerey, Sr. 21 France FRA
6 h4 r1/3 Ivo Pavelić 16 Yugoslavia YUG
6 h5 r1/3 Mário Marques 22 Portugal POR