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Swimming at the 1908 London Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 16, 1908
Date Finished: July 17, 1908

Gold: GER Arno Bieberstein
Silver: DEN Ludvig Dam
Bronze: GBR Bert Haresnape


The Germans were considered the top backstroke swimmers in the world and they placed two men in the finals - [Arno Bieberstein] and [Gustav Aurich]. Bieberstein led the final from the start, with Britain's [Bert Haresnape] 2nd until 70 metres, at which time he was passed by [Ludvig Dam] (DEN). Bieberstein was German backstroke champion for 1905-07 and was also Austrian champion in 1907.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Arno Bieberstein 21 Germany GER Gold WR
2 Ludvig Dam 24 Denmark DEN Silver
3 Bert Haresnape 27 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Gustav Aurich Germany GER
3 h1 r2/3 Max Ritter 21 Germany GER
3 h2 r2/3 John R. Taylor 24 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r2/3 Stanley Parvin Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r2/3 Colin Lewis 25 Great Britain GBR
2 h1 r1/3 Frederick Unwin Great Britain GBR
2 h2 r1/3 Sidney Willis Great Britain GBR
2 h3 r1/3 Bartholomeus Roodenburch 41 Netherlands NED
2 h6 r1/3 Augustus Goessling 29 United States USA
2 h7 r1/3 George Cortlever 22 Netherlands NED
3 h1 r1/3 Hugo Jonsson 24 Finland FIN
3 h2 r1/3 John Henriksson 24 Finland FIN
3 h3 r1/3 Robert Zimmerman 26 Canada CAN
3 h4 r1/3 Amilcare Beretta 16 Italy ITA
3 h6 r1/3 Gustaf Wretman 19 Sweden SWE
3 h7 r1/3 Eric Seaward Great Britain GBR
AC h6 r1/3 Oscar Grégoire 31 Belgium BEL DNF
AC h7 r1/3 Sándor Kugler Hungary HUN DQ