Swimming at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metre freestyle
|Men's 1500 metre freestyle
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
|Venue||White City Stadium|
|Competitors||19 from 8 nations|
|Swimming at the
1908 Summer Olympics
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.
These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1908 Summer Olympics.
|Olympic Record||27:18.2(*)||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.
Tuesday July 21, 1908: The fastest swimmer in each heat and the fastest loser advanced, qualifying eight swimmers for the semifinals.
|1||Paul Radmilovic (GBR)||25:02.4||QS OR|
|2||Gunnar Wennerström (SWE)||27:15.4|
|3||Oreste Muzzi (ITA)||28:52.6|
|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|
Moist had no competition in the third heat.
|1||Lewis Moist (GBR)||26:52.0||QS|
|1||Thomas Battersby (GBR)||23:42.8||QS OR|
|2||Frederick Springfield (ANZ)||24:52.4|
|3||André Theuriet (FRA)||32:37.0|
|1||John Jarvis (GBR)||25:51.6||QS|
|2||James Green (USA)||28:09.0|
|3||Richard Hassell (GBR)||28:14.8|
|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|
Foster had no competition in the seventh heat.
|1||William Foster (GBR)||24:33.0||QS|
Thursday July 23, 1908: The fastest two swimmers from each semifinal advanced to the final.
|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|
|1||Thomas Battersby (GBR)||23:23.0||QF|
|2||Otto Scheff (AUT)||24:25.0||QF|
|—||John Jarvis (GBR)||DNF|
|Paul Radmilovic (GBR)||DNF|
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.
|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|
- 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.