Antonios Pepanos

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Antonios Pepanos (Greek: Αντώνιος Πέπανος, 1866 - 1918) was a Greek open water swimmer. He was a member of Gymnastiki Etaireia Patron which merged with Panachaikos Gymnastikos Syllogos in 1924 to become Panachaiki Gymnastiki Enosi. One of the greatest swimmers Greece has even known, he won the silver medal in the 1896 Athens Olympics in Greece in the 500m freestyle.

Open Water Swimming Highlights

Before the Olympics, Pepanos was hesitating about taking part because he was already 40 years old and past his prime. Finally, even though he was suffering from a cold on the day of the event, he competed in the 500m freestyle. He finished second with a time of 9:56.6. The winner, Austrian Paul Neumann, finished in 8:12.6.

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