Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Seine, Courbevoie Bridge â AsniÃ¨res Bridge, Paris
Date Started: August 12, 1900
Date Finished: August 12, 1900
Format: Two points were awarded for each metre swum and one point was awarded for each second swum underwater. Final only.
This highly unusual event was contested in the Olympic Games for the only time in 1900. The two Frenchman, [Charles Devendeville] and [AndrÃ© Six], won first and second place. However, Journal des Sports noted that the third-place finisher, [Peder Lykkeberg], was the best of the lot. However, the article noted that Lykkeberg swam in a circle, swimming much more than 60 metres, but the distance was measured only in a straight line from the starting point.