Swimming at the 1920 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metre breaststroke

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Men's 400 metre breaststroke
at the Games of the VII Olympiad
Venue Stade Nautique d'Antwerp
Dates August 22–25
Competitors 20 from 10 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    Sweden
Silver medal    Sweden
Bronze medal    Finland
«1912  
Swimming at the
1920 Summer Olympics
Swimming pictogram.svg
Freestyle
100 m men   women
300 m   women
400 m men  
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men
Breaststroke
200 m men  
400 m men
Freestyle relay
4×100 m   women
4×200 m men  

The men's 400 metre breaststroke was a swimming event held as part of the swimming at the 1920 Summer Olympics programme. It was the third appearance of the event.

A total of 20 swimmers from ten nations competed in the event, which was held from Sunday, August 22 to Wednesday, August 25, 1920.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1920 Summer Olympics.

World Record 6:14.4 United Kingdom Percy Courtman  ? 1912
Olympic Record 6:29.6 Germany Walter Bathe Stockholm (SWE) July 12, 1912

Results[edit]

Quarterfinals[edit]

The fastest two in each heat and the fastest third-placed from across the heats advanced.

Heat 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Thor Henning (SWE) 6:46.2 Q
2  Lucien Lebaillif (FRA) 7:12.2 Q
3  Mike McDermott (USA) 7:12.8 q
4  Rex Lassam (GBR)
 Sidney Gooday (CAN) DNF

Heat 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Håkan Malmrot (SWE) 6:49.0 Q
2  Arvo Aaltonen (FIN) 6:50.0 Q
3  Félicien Courbet (BEL) 7:20.0
4  Charles Quinby (USA)
 Luis Balcells (ESP) DNF

Heat 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Jack Howell (USA) 6:57.0 Q
2  Per Cederblom (SWE) 7:14.0 Q
3  George Robertson (GBR) 7:28.0
4  Émile Arbogast (FRA)
5  Édouard Henry (BEL)

Heat 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Olle Dickson (SWE) 7:12.0 Q
2  Henri Demiéville (SUI) 7:12.4 Q
3  Stephen Ruddy (USA) 7:13.0
4  Édouard Van Haelen (BEL)
5  Eduard Stibor (TCH)

Semifinals[edit]

The fastest two in each semi-final and the faster of the two third-placed swimmer advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Håkan Malmrot (SWE) 6:44.8 Q
2  Per Cederblom (SWE) 7:05.6 Q
3  Mike McDermott (USA) 7:13.2
4  Henri Demiéville (SUI)

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Arvo Aaltonen (FIN) 6:45.0 Q
 Thor Henning (SWE) 6:45.0 Q
3  Jack Howell (USA) 6:51.4 q
4  Olle Dickson (SWE) 6:59.0
5  Lucien Lebaillif (FRA)

Final[edit]

Place Swimmer Time
1  Håkan Malmrot (SWE) 6:31.8
2  Thor Henning (SWE) 6:45.2
3  Arvo Aaltonen (FIN) 6:48.0
4  Jack Howell (USA) 6:51.0
5  Per Cederblom (SWE)

References[edit]

  • Belgium Olympic Committee (1957). Olympic Games Antwerp 1920: Official Report.  (French)
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich". Retrieved 2 May 2008.  (Polish)