Paul Neumann (swimmer)

Paul Neumann ( born June 13, 1875 in Vienna, † February 9, 1932 ) was an Austrian swimmer.


Paul Neumann was at the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896 about 500 m freestyle, the first Olympic champion. His first sporting success was the Austrian championship in the river swimming in 1892. Shortly after the Olympics, he emigrated to the United States to study medicine in Chicago. It was in 1897 when Dr. Paul Newman U.S. champion on the half-mile and set world records over two, three, four and five miles on. He also won the U.S. and the Canadian Freestyle Championships.

In 1984, Neumann was added posthumously into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and in 1986 in the Hall of Fame of the international swimming sport.