Swimming at the 1924 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metre freestyle

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Men's 400 metre freestyle
at the Games of the VIII Olympiad
Date July 16–18
Competitors 23 from 13 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    Sweden
Bronze medal    Australia
«1920 1928»
Swimming at the
1924 Summer Olympics
Swimming pictogram.svg
Freestyle
100 m men   women
400 m men   women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men   women
Breaststroke
200 m men   women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m   women
4×200 m men  

The men's 400 metre freestyle was a swimming event held as part of the swimming at the 1924 Summer Olympics programme. It was the fourth appearance of the event, which was established in 1908. The competition was held from Wednesday July 16, 1924 to Friday July 18, 1924.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1924 Summer Olympics.

World Record 4:57.0 United States Johnny Weissmuller New Haven (USA) March 6, 1923
Olympic Record 5:24.4 Canada George Hodgson Stockholm (SWE) July 14, 1912

In the first heat Ralph Breyer set a new Olympic record with 5:22.4 minutes, only to be bettered in the third heat by Johnny Weissmuller who set a time of 5:22.2 minutes. Weissmuller improved this record to 5:13.6 minutes in the semi-finals and finally to 5:04.2 minutes in the final.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

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

Heat 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Ralph Breyer (USA) 5:22.4 QQ OR
2  Jack Hatfield (GBR) 5:32.6 QQ
3  Atilije Venturini (YUG) 6:28.0
 Moss Christie (AUS) DNF

Heat 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Åke Borg (SWE) 5:28.2 QQ
2  Václav Antoš (TCH) 5:34.8 QQ
3  Dionysios Vasilopoulos (GRE) 6:21.4
4  Đura Sentđerđi (YUG) 6:41.4

Heat 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Johnny Weissmuller (USA) 5:22.2 QQ OR
2  Boy Charlton (AUS) 5:30.2 QQ
3  Edward Peter (GBR) 5:38.6
4  Salvator Pellegry (FRA) 5:56.2
5  Sjaak Köhler (NED) 6:20.4

Heat 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Arne Borg (SWE) 5:31.8 QQ
2  Frank Beaurepaire (AUS) 5:38.0 QQ
3  Kazuo Noda (JPN) 5:43.8
4  Alberto Zorrilla (ARG) 5:49.4
5  Stanislav Bičák (TCH) 5:52.4

Heat 5

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Lester Smith (USA) 5:32.4 QQ
2  Harold Annison (GBR) 5:32.6 QQ
3  George Vernot (CAN) 5:32.2 qq
4  Édouard van Zeveren (FRA) 5:59.8
5  Pedro Méndez (ESP) 6:26.6

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  Johnny Weissmuller (USA) 5:13.6 QF OR
2  Boy Charlton (AUS) 5:32.6 QF
3  Lester Smith (USA) 5:37.6
4  George Vernot (CAN) 5:38.0
5  Václav Antoš (TCH) 5:53.2
 Ralph Breyer (USA) DNS

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Arne Borg (SWE) 5:21.4 QF
2  Åke Borg (SWE) 5:25.0 QF
3  Jack Hatfield (GBR) 5:30.4 qf
4  Harold Annison (GBR) 5:39.4
 Frank Beaurepaire (AUS) DNF

Final[edit]

Place Swimmer Time
1  Johnny Weissmuller (USA) 5:04.2 OR
2  Arne Borg (SWE) 5:05.6
3  Boy Charlton (AUS) 5:06.6
4  Åke Borg (SWE) 5:26.0
5  Jack Hatfield (GBR) 5:32.0

References[edit]