at the Games of the I Olympiad
|Venue||Bay of Zea|
|No. of events||4|
|Competitors||13 from 4 nations|
| Swimming at the|
1896 Summer Olympics
|100 m sailors||men|
At the 1896 Summer Olympics , four swimming events were contested, all for men. They were planned and organized by the Sub-Committee for Nautical Sports. All events took place on 11 April in the Bay of Zea. There was a total of 13 participants from 4 countries competing.
|Totals (3 nations)||4||4||3||11|
These medals are retroactively assigned by the International Olympic Committee; at the time, winners were given a silver medal and subsequent places received no award.
|100 m freestyle|| Alfréd Hajós || Otto Herschmann ||none awarded|
|500 m freestyle|| Paul Neumann || Antonios Pepanos || Efstathios Chorafas |
|1200 m freestyle|| Alfréd Hajós || Ioannis Andreou || Efstathios Chorafas |
|Sailors 100 m freestyle|| Ioannis Malokinis || Spyridon Chazapis || Dimitrios Drivas |
A total of 13 swimmers from 4 nations competed at the Athens Games:
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