Swimming at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metre freestyle

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Swimming at the
1936 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 1936 Summer Olympics programme. It was the seventh appearance of the event, which was established in 1908. The competition was held from Thursday August 13, 1936 to Saturday August 15, 1936.

Twenty-one swimmers from ten nations competed.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 Noboru Terada
Japan (JPN)
 Jack Medica
United States (USA)
 Shunpei Uto
Japan (JPN)

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1936 Summer Olympics.

World Record 19:07.2 Sweden Arne Borg Bologna (ITA) September 2, 1927
Olympic Record 19:12.4 Japan Kusuo Kitamura Los Angeles (USA) August 13, 1932

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Thursday August 13, 1936: The fastest three in each heat and the next two fastest from across the heats advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Sunao Ishiharada (JPN) 19:55.8 QQ
2  Bob Leivers (GBR) 20:04.4 QQ
3  Heinz Arendt (GER) 20:10.7 QQ
4  Bob Pirie (CAN) 20:16.4 qq
5  Manoel Villar (BRA) 21:49.9
6  István Angyal (HUN)

Heat 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Jack Medica (USA) 19:55.5 QQ
 Noboru Terada (JPN) 19:55.5 QQ
3  Jørgen Jørgensen (DEN) 21:42.0 QQ
4  Robert Hooper (CAN) 21:47.4
5  João Havelange (BRA) 22:54.1

Heat 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Shumpei Uto (JPN) 19:48.3 QQ
2  Ralph Flanagan (USA) 19:49.9 QQ
3  Hans Freese (GER) 20:13.7 QQ
4  Christian Talli (FRA) 21:03.0 qq
5  Bob Hamerton (CAN) 21:05.5
6  Aage Hellstrøm (DEN) 21:16.9

Heat 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Jim Cristy (USA) 20:26.5 QQ
2  Norman Wainwright (GBR) 20:47.6 QQ
3  Otto Przywara (GER) 20:59.0 QQ
4  Edmund Pader (AUT) 21:13.9

Semifinals[edit]

Friday August 14, 1936: The fastest three in each semi-final and the fastest fourth-placed from across the heats advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Noboru Terada (JPN) 19:48.6 QQ
2  Ralph Flanagan (USA) 19:59.4 QQ
3  Bob Leivers (GBR) 20:10.0 QQ
4  Jim Cristy (USA) 20:25.8
5  Hans Freese (GER) 20:27.6
6  Otto Przywara (GER) 20:55.0
7  Jørgen Jørgensen (DEN) 21:46.3

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Jack Medica (USA) 19:42.8 QQ
2  Sunao Ishiharada (JPN) 19:53.9 QQ
3  Shumpei Uto (JPN) 19:55.6 QQ
4  Heinz Arendt (GER) 19:56.1 qq
5  Norman Wainwright (GBR) 20:14.4
6  Bob Pirie (CAN) 20:17.3
7  Christian Talli (FRA) 21:09.8

Final[edit]

Saturday August 15, 1936:

Place Swimmer Time
1  Noboru Terada (JPN) 19:13.7
2  Jack Medica (USA) 19:34.0
3  Shumpei Uto (JPN) 19:34.5
4  Sunao Ishiharada (JPN) 19:48.5
5  Ralph Flanagan (USA) 19:54.8
6  Bob Leivers (GBR) 19:57.4
7  Heinz Arendt (GER) 19:59.0

References[edit]