Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Antwerp Swimming Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 22, 1920
Date Finished: August 25, 1920
The world and Olympic record of 22:00.0 had been set at the 1912 Olympics by the Canadian gold medalist, [George Hodgson]. Hodgson competed in Antwerp, but finished last in the first semi-final and did not qualify for the final. In the Antwerp final, Hodgsonâs countryman, [George Vernot], led for the first half of the race before [Norman Ross] took the lead for good at 900 metres. Ross then gradually pulled away to a comfortable victory. In addition to his gold medal, Ross was awarded possession of the Challenge Prize that had been donated by the Italian IOC Member, Count Brunetta dâUsseaux.