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Swimming at the 1900 Paris Summer Games:

Men's 1,000 metres Freestyle

Swimming at the 1900 Summer Games:


Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Seine, Courbevoie Bridge – Asnières Bridge, Paris
Date Started: August 11, 1900
Date Finished: August 12, 1900

Gold: GBR John Jarvis
Silver: AUT Otto Wahle
Bronze: HUN Zoltán von Halmay


[John Jarvis] of Great Britain was the heavy favorite. At the British Championships, he had won the 440 yards in 1898 and 1900, the 880 yards from 1898-1901, the mile 1897-1902, and he would win the long-distance championship from 1898-1904. The longer the race, the better he swam. Jarvis won this race easily, by over one minute, although he had won his heat by three minutes. However, a French swimmer named [Verbecke] posted one of the most lopsided victories ever in the second heat, winning by almost seven minutes. This was surely more a function of his competition, as he finished only eighth in the final, and his qualifying time was bettered by eight other swimmers.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 John Jarvis 28 Great Britain GBR Gold OR
2 Otto Wahle 20 Austria AUT Silver
3 Zoltán von Halmay 18 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Max Hainle 18 Germany GER
5 Louis Martin France FRA
6 Georges Leuillieux 20 France FRA
7 Maurice Hochepied 18 France FRA
8 Jules Verbecke 20 France FRA
9 Erik Eriksson Sweden SWE
AC r2/2 Bill Burgess 27 Great Britain GBR DNF
2 h2 r1/2 Lué France FRA
3 h2 r1/2 Lapostolet France FRA
4 h1 r1/2 Fumouze France FRA
4 h3 r1/2 Désiré Mérchez 17 France FRA
4 h4 r1/2 Texier France FRA
AC h2 r1/2 Souchu France FRA DNF