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Swimming at the 1896 Athina Summer Games:

Men's 500 metres Freestyle

Swimming at the 1896 Summer Games:


Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Bay of Zea, Peiraias
Date Started: April 11, 1896
Date Finished: April 11, 1896
Format: Final only.

Gold: AUT Paul Neumann
Silver: GRE Antonios Pepanos
Bronze: GRE Efstathios Khorafas


The race started in the Saronic Gulf, with a boat transporting the swimmers to the start, after which they swam into shore. The swimmers were transported out to the starting line by a steamer, shortly after the finish of the 100 metres. Only [Efstathios Khorafas] of the 100 metre swimmers competed, because of the proximity of the races and the chill they received from the water. [Paul Neumann] won by a huge margin.

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