Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Antwerp Swimming Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 26, 1920
Date Finished: August 29, 1920
The defending champion was [Walter Bathe] of Germany, who set the Olympic record of 3:01.8 in the 1912 final. The world record was held by [Percy Courtman] (GBR), who had recorded 2:56.6 in 1914. Bathe could not compete in Antwerp, because Germany was not invited, and Courtman also did not show for this event. The event was wide-open but [HÃ¥kan Malmrot] of Sweden won his heat, his semi-final, and final without being pressed. Four days earlier, Malmrot had also won the 400 breaststroke.