Swimming at the 1928 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metre freestyle

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Swimming at the
1928 Summer Olympics
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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 1500 metre freestyle was a swimming event held as part of the swimming at the 1928 Summer Olympics programme. It was the fifth appearance of the event, which was established in 1908. The competition was held from Saturday August 4, 1928 to Monday August 6, 1928.

Nineteen swimmers from 13 nations competed.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 Arne Borg
Sweden (SWE)
 Boy Charlton
Australia (AUS)
 Buster Crabbe
United States (USA)

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1928 Summer Olympics.

World Record 19:07.2 Sweden Arne Borg Bologna (ITA) September 2, 1927
Olympic Record 20:06.6 Australia Boy Charlton Paris (FRA) July 15, 1924

In the final Arne Borg bettered the Olympic record to 19:51.8 minutes.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Saturday August 4, 1928: The fastest two in each heat and the fastest third-placed from across the heats advanced.

Heat 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Austin Clapp (USA) 21:31.0 QQ
2  Takaji Takebayashi (JPN) 22:30.4 QQ
3  James Thompson (CAN) 22:56.6
4  Giovanni Gambi (ITA)
5  Jean Taris (FRA)

Heat 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Nobuo Arai (JPN) 21:35.4 QQ
2  Giuseppe Perentin (ITA) 21:42.4 QQ
3  Dick de Man (NED) 23:03.2
4  David Lindsay (NZL)

Heat 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Katsuo Takaishi (JPN) 21:20.8 QQ
2  Ray Ruddy (USA) 22:12.0 QQ
3  Václav Antoš (TCH) 22:43.0

Heat 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Alberto Zorrilla (ARG) 22:21.2 QQ
2  Garnet Ault (CAN) 22:55.8 QQ

Heat 5

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Arne Borg (SWE) 20:14.2 QQ
2  Boy Charlton (AUS) 20:17.4 QQ
3  Buster Crabbe (USA) 20:17.8 qq
4  Walter Handschuhmacher (GER) 22:18.6
5  Taburan Tamse (PHI)

Semifinals[edit]

Sunday August 5, 1928: The fastest three in each semi-final advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Arne Borg (SWE) 20:42.0 QF
2  Alberto Zorrilla (ARG) 21:17.0 QF
3  Garnet Ault (CAN) 21:33.4 QF
4  Nobuo Arai (JPN)
 Takaji Takebayashi (JPN) DNF
 Austin Clapp (USA) DNS

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Buster Crabbe (USA) 20:55.4 QF
2  Boy Charlton (AUS) 20:57.0 QF
3  Ray Ruddy (USA) 21:31.2 QF
4  Giuseppe Perentin (ITA)
 Katsuo Takaishi (JPN) DNS

Final[edit]

Monday August 6, 1928:

Place Swimmer Time
1  Arne Borg (SWE) 19:51.8 OR
2  Boy Charlton (AUS) 20:02.6
3  Buster Crabbe (USA) 20:28.8
4  Ray Ruddy (USA) 21:05.0
5  Alberto Zorrilla (ARG) 21:23.8
6  Garnet Ault (CAN) 21:46.0

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