These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1912 Summer Olympics.
|World Record||21.3(*)||Jack Donaldson||Glasgow (GBR)||July 26, 1911|
|Olympic Record||21.6(**)||Archie Hahn||St. Louis (USA)||August 31, 1904|
(*) unofficial 220 yards (= 201.17 m)
(**) straight course
Ralph Craig's 21.7 second performance was 1⁄10 of a second off the Olympic record of 21.6 seconds, set in 1904.
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