Swimming at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metre freestyle

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Swimming at the
1948 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 event at the 1948 Olympic Games took place between July 31 and August 4 at the Empire Pool. This swimming event used freestyle swimming, which means that the method of the stroke is not regulated (unlike backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly events). Nearly all swimmers use the front crawl or a variant of that stroke. Because an Olympic size swimming pool is 50 metres long, this race consisted of eight lengths of the pool.

Medalists[edit]

Gold  Bill Smith
United States (USA)
Silver  Jimmy McLane
United States (USA)
Bronze  John Marshall
Australia (AUS)

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Jimmy McLane United States 4:42.2 Q, OR
2 Bill Smith United States 4:45.3 Q
3 John Marshall Australia 4:51.4 Q
4 Géza Kádas Hungary 4:52.8 Q
5 Jack Hale Great Britain 4:53.3 Q
5 Alex Jany France 4:53.3 Q
7 Per-Olof Östrand Sweden 4:53.5 Q
8 Alfredo Yantorno Argentina 4:53.8 Q
9 György Mitró Hungary 4:56.0 Q
10 Bill Heusner United States 4:58.3 Q
11 Don Johnston South Africa 4:57.4 Q
12 Miroslav Bartůšek Czechoslovakia 4:57.9 q
13 Branko Vidović Yugoslavia 4:58.7 q
14 Janko Puhar Yugoslavia 5:00.8 q
15 Marjan Stipetić Yugoslavia 5:01.4 q
16 Imre Nyéki Hungary 5:01.8 Q

Key: OR = Olympic record, Q = qualification by place in heat, q = qualification by overall place

Semifinals[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Géza Kádas Hungary 4:47.8 Q
2 William Smith United States 4:48.4 Q
3 Jimmy McLane United States 4:49.5 Q
4 John Marshall Australia 4:50.0 Q
5 György Mitró Hungary 4:50.8 q
6 Alex Jany France 4:51.3 q
7 Jack Hale Great Britain 4:51.4 q
8 Alfredo Yantorno Argentina 4:57.3 q
9 Bill Heusner United States 4:57.4
10 Marjan Stipetić Yugoslavia 4:58.6
11 Janko Puhar Yugoslavia 4:58.7
11 Miroslav Bartůšek Czechoslovakia 4:58.7
13 Branko Vidović Yugoslavia 4:59.4
14 Don Johnston South Africa 4:59.5

Key: Q = qualification by place in heat, q = qualification by overall place

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Bill Smith United States 4:41.0 OR
2 Jimmy McLane United States 4:43.4
3 John Marshall Australia 4:47.4
4 Géza Kádas Hungary 4:49.4
5 György Mitró Hungary 4:49.9
6 Alex Jany France 4:51.4
7 Jack Hale Great Britain 4:55.9
8 Alfredo Yantorno Argentina 4:58.7

Key: OR = Olympic record

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