Swimming at the 1932 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metre freestyle

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Swimming at the
1932 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 1932 Summer Olympics programme. It was the sixth appearance of the event, which was established in 1908. The competition was held from Thursday August 11, 1932 to Saturday August 13, 1932.

Fifteen swimmers from eight nations competed.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 Kusuo Kitamura
Japan (JPN)
 Shozo Makino
Japan (JPN)
 Jim Cristy
United States (USA)

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1932 Summer Olympics.

World Record 19:07.2 Sweden Arne Borg Bologna (ITA) September 2, 1927
Olympic Record 19:51.8 Sweden Arne Borg Amsterdam (NED) August 6, 1928

In the first semi-final Kusuo Kitamura set a new Olympic record with 19:51.6 minutes. Shozo Makino bettered this record in the second semi-final with 19:38.7 minutes. In the final Kusuo Kitamura again took the Olympic record with 19:12.4 minutes.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Thursday August 11, 1932: The fastest two in each heat and the fastest third-placed from across the heats advanced to the final. In the second heat Sunao Ishiharada and Boy Charlton tied for second place which allowed ten swimmers to advance to the semi-finals.

Heat 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Kusuo Kitamura (JPN) 19:55.2 QQ
2  Buster Crabbe (USA) 20:01.0 QQ
3  Jean Taris (FRA) 20:01.2 qq
4  Nalin Malik (IND) 23:52.4

Heat 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Jim Cristy (USA) 19:58.4 QQ
2  Sunao Ishiharada (JPN) 20:09.5 QQ
 Boy Charlton (AUS) 20:09.5 QQ

Heat 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Ralph Flanagan (USA) 20:06.0 QQ
2  Noel Ryan (AUS) 20:12.6 QQ
3  Giuseppe Perentin (ITA) 21:04.5
4  Ignacio Gutiérrez (MEX) 22:39.2

Heat 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Shozo Makino (JPN) 19:53.3 QQ
2  Paolo Costoli (ITA) 20:48.1 QQ
3  George Burrows (CAN) 22:19.6
4  Manuel Villegas (MEX) 23:40.0

Semifinals[edit]

Friday August 12, 1932: The fastest three in each semi-final advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Kusuo Kitamura (JPN) 19:51.6 QQ OR
2  Jean Taris (FRA) 20:04.2 QQ
3  Jim Cristy (USA) 20:06.9 QQ
4  Sunao Ishiharada (JPN) 20:31.2
5  Paolo Costoli (ITA) 20:58.7

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Shozo Makino (JPN) 19:38.7 QQ OR
2  Buster Crabbe (USA) 19:51.8 QQ
3  Noel Ryan (AUS) 19:52.5 QQ
4  Boy Charlton (AUS) 19:53.1
5  Ralph Flanagan (USA) 20:03.7

Final[edit]

Saturday August 13, 1932:

Place Swimmer Time
1  Kusuo Kitamura (JPN) 19:12.4 OR
2  Shozo Makino (JPN) 19:14.1
3  Jim Cristy (USA) 19:39.5
4  Noel Ryan (AUS) 19:45.1
5  Buster Crabbe (USA) 20:02.7
6  Jean Taris (FRA) 20:09.7

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