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Swimming at the 1924 Paris Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Tourelles Swimming Pool, Saint-Mandé
Date Started: July 15, 1924
Date Finished: July 17, 1924

Gold: USA Bob Skelton
Silver: BEL Joseph De Combe
Bronze: USA Bill Kirschbaum

Summary

In the absence of German world record holder [Erich Rademacher] and his German team-mate Sommer, the mantle of favourite fell on the Americans and in particular, [Bob Skelton]. Skelton started his tilt for an Olympic title by setting a new Olympic record in the opening heat of the event and was never challenged in the final. He finished clear of [Joseph de Combe] of Belgium but was six seconds adrift of Rademacher’s world record.

[Frigyes Jung-Hollósi] of Hungary, who failed to qualify from his heat, returned to Olympic competition twelve years later as part of the Hungarian rowing eight. Turner Chapman‘s role in Olympic history was forever relegated to a footnote when, as the Canadian lined up for his heat, officials ordered him to leave the arena, a victim of a dispute between the Canadian Olympic Committee and the national swimming authorities.

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