Swimming at the 1928 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 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 400 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 Tuesday August 7, 1928 to Thursday August 9, 1928.

Twenty-six swimmers from 17 nations competed.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 Alberto Zorrilla
Argentina (ARG)
 Boy Charlton
Australia (AUS)
 Arne Borg
Sweden (SWE)

Records[edit]

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

World Record 4:50.3 Sweden Arne Borg Stockholm (SWE) September 11, 1925
Olympic Record 5:04.2 United States Johnny Weissmuller Paris (FRA) July 18, 1924

In the final Alberto Zorrilla bettered the Olympic record to 5:01.6 minutes.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Tuesday August 7, 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) 5:13.4 QQ
2  Nobuo Arai (JPN) 5:23.4 QQ
3  Friedel Berges (GER) 5:27.8
4  James Thompson (CAN)

Heat 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Buster Crabbe (USA) 5:09.8 QQ
2  Hiroshi Yoneyama (JPN) 5:17.8 QQ
3  Albert Vandeplancke (FRA) 5:20.0 qq
4  Géza Szigritz (HUN) 5:41.0
5  Arthur Watts (GBR)

Heat 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Garnet Ault (CAN) 5:18.8 QQ
2  Herbert Heinrich (GER) 5:20.0 QQ
3  Václav Antoš (TCH) 5:39.8
4  Taburan Tamse (PHI)

Heat 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Arne Borg (SWE) 5:09.6 QQ
2  Ray Ruddy (USA) 5:26.4 QQ
3  Walter Handschuhmacher (GER) 5:32.0
4  Rezső Wanié (HUN) 5:35.2

Heat 5

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Katsuo Takaishi (JPN) 5:22.8 QQ
2  Boy Charlton (AUS) 5:23.0 QQ
3  Paolo Costoli (ITA)
4  Adán Gordón (PAN)
5  Hernán Téllez (CHI)

Heat 6

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Alberto Zorrilla (ARG) 5:19.2 QQ
2  Jack Hatfield (GBR) 5:32.8 QQ
3  David Lindsay (NZL) 5:38.6
4  William Broderick (IRL)

Semifinals[edit]

Wednesday August 8, 1928: The fastest three in each semi-final advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Alberto Zorrilla (ARG) 5:11.4 QF
2  Boy Charlton (AUS) 5:13.6 QF
3  Ray Ruddy (USA) 5:20.6 QF
4  Garnet Ault (CAN)
5  Hiroshi Yoneyama (JPN)
 Jack Hatfield (GBR) DNS
 Nobuo Arai (JPN) DNS

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Arne Borg (SWE) 5:05.4 QF
2  Buster Crabbe (USA) 5:06.2 QF
3  Austin Clapp (USA) 5:06.8 QF
4  Katsuo Takaishi (JPN)
5  Herbert Heinrich (GER)
6  Albert Vandeplancke (FRA)

Final[edit]

Friday August 10, 1928:

Place Swimmer Time
1  Alberto Zorrilla (ARG) 5:01.6 OR
2  Boy Charlton (AUS) 5:03.6
3  Arne Borg (SWE) 5:04.6
4  Buster Crabbe (USA) 5:05.4
5  Austin Clapp (USA) 5:16.0
6  Ray Ruddy (USA) 5:25.0

References[edit]