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Swimming at the 1908 London Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 15, 1908
Date Finished: July 18, 1908

Gold: GBR Fred Holman
Silver: GBR William Robinson
Bronze: SWE Pontus Hanson


In the final, [Pontus Hanson] took the lead and held a 2 metre margin through 50 metres. At 100 metres, [William Robinson] (GBR) and Hanson were equal first. By 150 metres, Hanson had faded to last, but he would recover slightly to get the bronze medal. [Fred Holman] did not take the lead until the last lap but pulled away to win by 2 yards.

Holman never won a British breaststroke championship, as he could never defeat the top breaststroker of the era, [Percy Courtman], who was ASA champion at 220 yards in 1907-09, and 1912-13. Courtman competed in this event, but in round one, he finished second to Belgium's [Félicien Courbet], and did not qualify for the semi-finals.

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