Swimming at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metre freestyle

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Men's 1500 metre freestyle
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
Venue White City Stadium
Dates July 21–25
Competitors 19 from 8 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    Great Britain
Silver medal    Great Britain
Bronze medal    Australasia
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Swimming at the
1908 Summer Olympics
Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
Freestyle
100 m   men    
400 m men
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men
Breaststroke
200 m men
Freestyle relay
4×200 m men

The men's 1500 metre freestyle was one of 6 swimming events on the swimming at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme. Its distance was the longest of the 3 individual freestyle event distances. The competition was held from Tuesday July 21, 1908 to Saturday July 25, 1908.

Nineteen swimmers from eight nations competed.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1908 Summer Olympics.

World Record  ?  ?
Olympic Record 27:18.2(*) Germany Emil Rausch St. Louis (USA) September 6, 1904

(*) one mile (1609.34 m)

In the final Henry Taylor set the first official world record for this distance in 22:48.4.

Results[edit]

First round[edit]

Tuesday July 21, 1908: The fastest swimmer in each heat and the fastest loser advanced, qualifying eight swimmers for the semifinals.

Heat 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Paul Radmilovic (GBR) 25:02.4 QS OR
2  Gunnar Wennerström (SWE) 27:15.4
3  Oreste Muzzi (ITA) 28:52.6

Heat 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Frank Beaurepaire (ANZ) 23:45.8 QS OR
2  Sam Blatherwick (GBR) 25:15.4
3  Piet Ooms (NED) 27:24.4
4  Vilhelm Andersson (SWE) 27:34.4

Heat 3

Moist had no competition in the third heat.

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Lewis Moist (GBR) 26:52.0 QS

Heat 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Thomas Battersby (GBR) 23:42.8 QS OR
2  Frederick Springfield (ANZ) 24:52.4
3  André Theuriet (FRA) 32:37.0

Heat 5

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  John Jarvis (GBR) 25:51.6 QS
2  James Green (USA) 28:09.0
3  Richard Hassell (GBR) 28:14.8

Heat 6

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Henry Taylor (GBR) 23:24.4 QS OR
2  Otto Scheff (AUT) 24:15.8 qs
3  Gustaf Wretman (SWE) 28:40.8
 Eduard Meijer (NED) DNF

Heat 7

Foster had no competition in the seventh heat.

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  William Foster (GBR) 24:33.0 QS

Semifinals[edit]

Thursday July 23, 1908: The fastest two swimmers from each semifinal advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Henry Taylor (GBR) 22:54.0 QF OR
2  Frank Beaurepaire (ANZ) 23:25.4 QF
3  William Foster (GBR) Unknown
4  Lewis Moist (GBR) Unknown

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Thomas Battersby (GBR) 23:23.0 QF
2  Otto Scheff (AUT) 24:25.0 QF
 John Jarvis (GBR) DNF
 Paul Radmilovic (GBR) DNF

Final[edit]

The final was held on Saturday July 25, 1908.

Taylor stopped after the finish, but Battersby swam an extra 109.344 metres after the finish to complete the mile. His time over the mile was 24:33.0, beating the standing record of 24:42.6 set by David Billington in 1905.

Place Swimmer Time
1  Henry Taylor (GBR) 22:48.4 WR
2  Thomas Battersby (GBR) 22:51.2
3  Frank Beaurepaire (ANZ) 22:56.2
4  Otto Scheff (AUT) Unknown

Sources[edit]

  • Cook, Theodore Andrea (1908). The Fourth Olympiad, Being the Official Report. London: British Olympic Association. 
  • De Wael, Herman (2001). "Swimming 1908". Herman's Full Olympians. Retrieved 13 May 2006.