Swimming at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 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 400 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 Monday August 10, 1936 to Wednesday August 12, 1936.

Thirty-four swimmers from 16 nations competed.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 Jack Medica
United States (USA)
 Shunpei Uto
Japan (JPN)
 Shozo Makino
Japan (JPN)

Records[edit]

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

World Record 4:38.7 United States Jack Medica Honolulu (USA) August 30, 1934
Olympic Record 4:48.4 United States Buster Crabbe Los Angeles (USA) August 10, 1932

In the fifth heat Shunpei Uto set a new Olympic record with 4:45.5 minutes. In the final Jack Medica bettered the Olympic record with 4:44.5 minutes.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Monday August 10, 1936: The fastest two in each heat and the next two fastest from across the heats advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Hiroshi Negami (JPN) 4:52.6 QQ
2  John Macionis (USA) 4:57.1 QQ
3  Heinz Arendt (GER) 4:57.2 qq
4  Árpád Lengyel (HUN) 4:57.7
5  Edmund Pader (AUT) 5:16.9
6  Robert Hooper (CAN) 5:17.2

Heat 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Bob Leivers (GBR) 4:57.2 QQ
2  Otto Przywara (GER) 5:11.7 QQ
3  Aage Hellstrøm (DEN) 5:18.2
4  João Havelange (BRA) 5:31.5

Heat 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Shozo Makino (JPN) 4:51.3 QQ
2  Ralph Flanagan (USA) 4:54.7 QQ
3  Norman Wainwright (GBR) 5:03.6
4  Bob Hamerton (CAN) 5:13.3
5  Jørgen Jørgensen (DEN) 5:17.8
6  István Angyal (HUN) 5:20.9
7  Werner Lehmann (SUI) 5:36.8

Heat 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Ödön Gróf (HUN) 4:59.4 QQ
2  Hans Freese (GER) 5:03.1 QQ
3  Heikki Hietanen (FIN) 5:08.9
4  William Pearson (GBR) 5:12.7
5  Aluizio Lage (BRA) 5:18.3
6  Washington Guzmán (CHI) 5:19.1
7  Franz Seltenheim (AUT) 5:38.3

Heat 5

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Shunpei Uto (JPN) 4:45.5 QQ OR
2  Jean Taris (FRA) 4:53.9 QQ
3  Bob Pirie (CAN) 4:56.0 qq
4  Poul Petersen (DEN) 5:20.3
5  Edmund Cooper (BER) 5:53.8

Heat 6

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Jack Medica (USA) 4:55.9 QQ
2  Walter Ledgard (PER) 5:05.5 QQ
3  Piet Stam (NED) 5:07.8
4  Manoel Villar (BRA) 5:18.2
5  Hans Brenner (SUI) 5:33.8

Semifinals[edit]

Tuesday August 11, 1936: The fastest three in each semi-final and the fastest fourth-placed advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Shunpei Uto (JPN) 4:48.4 QQ
2  Ralph Flanagan (USA) 4:49.9 QQ
3  Hiroshi Negami (JPN) 4:55.4 QQ
4  John Macionis (USA) 4:56.4
5  Hans Freese (GER) 4:58.5
6  Bob Pirie (CAN) 4:58.7
7  Ödön Gróf (HUN) 5:01.9

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Shozo Makino (JPN) 4:48.2 QQ
 Jack Medica (USA) 4:48.2 QQ
3  Jean Taris (FRA) 4:53.6 QQ
4  Bob Leivers (GBR) 4:55.7 qq
5  Heinz Arendt (GER) 5:13.4
6  Otto Przywara (GER) 5:14.9

Final[edit]

Wednesday August 12, 1936:

Place Swimmer Time
1  Jack Medica (USA) 4:44.5 OR
2  Shunpei Uto (JPN) 4:45.6
3  Shozo Makino (JPN) 4:48.1
4  Ralph Flanagan (USA) 4:52.7
5  Hiroshi Negami (JPN) 4:53.6
6  Jean Taris (FRA) 4:53.8
7  Bob Leivers (GBR) 5:00.9

References[edit]