Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metre freestyle

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Swimming events at the
1972 Summer Olympics
Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
Freestyle
100 m men women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Breaststroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Butterfly
100 m men women
200 m men women
Individual medley
200 m men women
400 m men women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m men women
4×200 m men
Medley relay
4×100 m men women

The men's 1500 metre freestyle event at the 1972 Olympic Games took place between September 3 and 4. 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 30 lengths of the pool.

Medalists[edit]

Gold  Mike Burton
United States (USA)
Silver  Graham Windeatt
Australia (AUS)
Bronze  Doug Northway
United States (USA)

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Mike Burton United States 15:52.58 WR
2 Graham Windeatt Australia 15:58.48
3 Doug Northway United States 16:09.25
4 Bengt Gingsjö Sweden 16:16.01
5 Graham White Australia 16:17.22
6 Mark Treffers New Zealand 16:18.84
7 Brad Cooper Australia 16:30.49
8 Guillermo García Mexico 16:36.03

Key: WR = World record

References[edit]