Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metre freestyle

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Men's 1500 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Aquatics Center
Date August 15, 2008 (heats)
August 17, 2008 (final)
Competitors 37 from 29 nations
Winning time 14:40.84 AF
Medalists
Gold medal    Tunisia
Silver medal    Australia
Bronze medal    Canada
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Swimming events at the
2008 Summer Olympics
Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
Freestyle
50 m   men   women
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 women
Medley relay
4×100 m men women
Marathon
10 km men women

The men's 1500 metre freestyle event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 15 and 17 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Competing at his third Games, Oussama Mellouli made an Olympic milestone to become Tunisia's first ever gold medalist in 48 years. He denied Australia's Grant Hackett a third straight title in the event, touching the wall first in an African record of 14:40.84. Hanging with the leaders through the first two-thirds of the race, Mellouli moved into the lead at the 1,100-metre mark, and held off Hackett's sprinted finish on the final lap. This was also a retribution for Mellouli, who served an 18-month doping ban from FINA for using the banned stimulant Adderall.[2][3][4]

Trying to become the first male swimmer to win three gold medals in the same event, Hackett collected a silver in 14:41.53.[5] Meanwhile, Canada's Ryan Cochrane powered home with a bronze in 14:42.69, finishing ahead of Russia's Yuri Prilukov (14:43.21). U.S. swimmer Larsen Jensen, silver medalist in Athens four years earlier, placed fifth with a time 14:48.16, and was followed in the sixth spot by Great Britain's David Davies in 14:52.11.[6][3] Chinese duo Zhang Lin (14:55.20) and Sun Yang (15:05.12) rounded out the finale.[4]

Earlier in the prelims, Cochrane established a new Olympic record of 14:40.84 in heat three, until Hackett cleared a 14:40 barrier, and lowered the record to 14:38.92 in the final heat of five.[7]

Records[edit]

Grant Hackett was the world record holder and aiming to be the first male to complete a hat-trick in swimming events.

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Grant Hackett (AUS) 14:34.56 Fukuoka, Japan 29 July 2001 [8]
Olympic record  Grant Hackett (AUS) 14:43.40 Athens, Greece 21 August 2004 -

The following new Olympic records were set during this competition.

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 15 Heat 3 Ryan Cochrane Canada 14:40.84 OR
August 15 Heat 5 Grant Hackett Australia 14:38.92 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 5 Grant Hackett Australia 14:38.92 Q, OR
2 3 5 Ryan Cochrane Canada 14:40.84 Q, AM
3 3 4 Yuri Prilukov Russia 14:41.13 Q, EU
4 5 6 Zhang Lin China 14:45.84 Q, AS
5 3 3 David Davies Great Britain 14:46.11 Q
6 4 6 Oussama Mellouli Tunisia 14:47.76 Q
7 4 2 Sun Yang China 14:48.39 Q
8 5 3 Larsen Jensen United States 14:49.53 Q
9 4 4 Mateusz Sawrymowicz Poland 14:50.30
10 4 5 Federico Colbertaldo Italy 14:51.44
11 5 4 Peter Vanderkaay United States 14:52.11
12 5 1 Spyridon Gianniotis Greece 14:53.32 NR
13 2 3 Nicolas Rostoucher France 15:00.58
14 2 5 Mads Glæsner Denmark 15:03.33
15 4 3 Craig Stevens Australia 15:04.82
16 3 6 Park Tae-Hwan South Korea 15:05.55
17 4 7 Samuel Pizzetti Italy 15:07.02
18 3 7 Takeshi Matsuda Japan 15:09.17
19 5 8 Gergő Kis Hungary 15:09.67
20 2 2 Tom Vangeneugden Belgium 15:11.04 NR
21 1 5 Florian Janistyn Austria 15:12.46 NR
22 5 7 Troyden Prinsloo South Africa 15:12.64
23 3 1 Sergey Fesenko Ukraine 15:13.03
24 2 4 Maciej Hreniak Poland 15:16.16
25 3 8 Richard Charlesworth Great Britain 15:17.27
26 4 8 Marcos Rivera Spain 15:18.98
27 3 2 Sébastien Rouault France 15:21.14
28 2 1 Dragoș Coman Romania 15:24.05
29 2 7 Fernando Costa Portugal 15:26.21
30 1 3 Petar Stoychev Bulgaria 15:28.84
31 5 2 Nikita Lobintsev Russia 15:35.47
32 1 6 Ryan Arabejo Philippines 15:42.77
33 2 8 Ricardo Monasterio Venezuela 15:45.98
34 1 4 Juan Martín Pereyra Argentina 15:49.57
35 1 2 Ediz Yildirimer Turkey 16:28.79
36 2 6 Christian Kubusch Germany DNS
36 4 1 Luka Turk Slovenia DNS

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st 7 Oussama Mellouli Tunisia 14:40.84 AF
2nd 4 Grant Hackett Australia 14:41.53
3rd 5 Ryan Cochrane Canada 14:42.69
4 3 Yuri Prilukov Russia 14:43.21
5 8 Larsen Jensen United States 14:48.16
6 2 David Davies Great Britain 14:52.11
7 6 Zhang Lin China 14:55.20
8 1 Sun Yang China 15:05.12

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Mellouli shatters Hackett's hat-trick bid". South China Morning Post. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Mellouli claims 1500m swim gold". BBC Sport. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Lohn, John (16 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Ous Mellouli Claims Olympic Gold for Tunisia in Men's 1500 Free". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Colman, Mike (17 August 2008). "Grant Hackett gives his all for silver medal in 1500m". The Australian. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Goffa, Debbie (17 August 2008). "Larsen Jensen places 5th in 1500m freestyle". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Lohn, John (15 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Grant Hackett Leads 1500 Free Qualifying With Olympic Standard". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Hackett shatters world record". BBC News. 29 July 2001. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 

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