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Swimming at the 1900 Paris Summer Games:

Men's 4,000 metres Freestyle

Swimming at the 1900 Summer Games:


Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Seine, Courbevoie Bridge – Asnières Bridge, Paris
Date Started: August 15, 1900
Date Finished: August 19, 1900
Format: Swum downstream from Pateaux to Asnières.

Gold: GBR John Jarvis
Silver: HUN Zoltán von Halmay
Bronze: FRA Louis Martin


In the 4,000 metre freestyle, [John Jarvis] was even more dominant, winning the race by over 10 minutes. The Field noted that he "won … in the easiest possible manner." He became better the longer the race. [Zoltán von Halmay] won his third medal in the freestyle events. Jarvis swam in an overhand stroke, likely the Australian crawl, while Halmay used the Trudgeon stroke. The fourth-place finisher, [Tom Burgess], in 1911 became the second swimmer to successfully cross the English Channel (after Matthew Webb in 1875), after 11 unsuccessful attempts.

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