Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metre freestyle

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Swimming events at the
1972 Summer Olympics
Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
100 m men women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m women
1500 m men
100 m men women
200 m men women
100 m men women
200 m men women
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 400 metre freestyle event at the 1972 Olympic Games took place September 1. 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.

Rick DeMont of the United States originally won the 400 metre freestyle in 4:00.26, but was disqualified after he tested positive for ephedrine. In 2001, Jacques Rogge gave him his medal, but the IOC couldn't annuel Bradford Cooper's result.


Gold  Brad Cooper
Australia (AUS)
Silver  Steve Genter
United States (USA)
Bronze  Tom McBreen
United States (USA)




Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Brad Cooper Australia 4:00.27 OR
2 Steve Genter United States 4:01.94
3 Tom McBreen United States 4:02.64
4 Graham Windeatt Australia 4:02.93
5 Brian Brinkley Great Britain 4:06.69
6 Bengt Gingsjö Sweden 4:06.75
7 Werner Lampe West Germany 4:06.97
Rick DeMont United States 4:00.26 DQ

Key: DQ = Disqualified, OR = Olympic record