Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metre freestyle

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Men's 400 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Aquatics Center
Date August 9, 2008 (heats)
August 10, 2008 (final)
Competitors 37 from 27 nations
Winning time 3:41.86
Medalists
Gold medal    South Korea
Silver medal    China
Bronze medal    United States
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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 400 metre freestyle event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 9–10 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Reigning world champion Park Tae-Hwan made an Olympic milestone to become South Korea's first ever gold medalist in swimming. He powered past the field to an unexpected triumph in an Asian record of 3:41.86.[2][3][4] Coming from sixth place in the final lap, China's Zhang Lin delighted the home crowd with a silver-medal effort in 3:42.44. Meanwhile, U.S. swimmer Larsen Jensen set a new American record of 3:42.78 to take the bronze.[5]

American Peter Vanderkaay delivered a strong swim with a fourth-place effort in 3:43.11, just 0.35 of a second ahead of Tunisia's Oussama Mellouli, who established a new African record of 3:43.45. Leading the field in the first 100 metres, Australia's Grant Hackett, the silver medalist in the event from Athens, could not keep the pace over the final laps, and settled only for sixth place with a time of 3:43.84. Russian duo Yuri Prilukov (3:43.97) and Nikita Lobintsev (3:48.29) rounded out the finale.[2][3]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Ian Thorpe (AUS) 3:40.08 Manchester, United Kingdom 30 July 2002 [6]
Olympic record  Ian Thorpe (AUS) 3:40.59 Sydney, Australia 16 September 2000 -

No new records were set during this competition.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 4 Larsen Jensen United States 3:43.10 Q, AM
2 3 5 Zhang Lin China 3:43.32 Q, AS
3 3 4 Park Tae-Hwan South Korea 3:43.35 Q
4 4 6 Nikita Lobintsev Russia 3:43.45 Q
5 5 4 Grant Hackett Australia 3:44.03 Q
6 5 5 Peter Vanderkaay United States 3:44.22 Q
7 4 5 Oussama Mellouli Tunisia 3:44.54 Q
8 5 3 Yuri Prilukov Russia 3:44.82 Q
9 5 2 Ryan Cochrane Canada 3:44.85 NR
10 3 2 Takeshi Matsuda Japan 3:44.99 NR
11 3 3 Federico Colbertaldo Italy 3:45.28
12 4 8 Mads Glæsner Denmark 3:45.38 NR
13 4 3 Massimiliano Rosolino Italy 3:45.57
14 3 1 Nicolas Rostoucher France 3:47.15
15 5 7 David Carry Great Britain 3:47.17 NR
16 5 1 Sergey Fesenko Ukraine 3:47.75 NR
17 5 8 Dragoș Coman Romania 3:47.79
18 3 7 Paul Biedermann Germany 3:48.03
19 5 6 Przemysław Stańczyk Poland 3:48.11
20 2 5 David Brandl Austria 3:48.63
21 3 8 Dean Milwain Great Britain 3:48.77
22 4 7 Paweł Korzeniowski Poland 3:48.78
23 2 4 Sébastien Rouault France 3:48.84
24 2 3 Spyridon Gianniotis Greece 3:49.34
25 3 6 Craig Stevens Australia 3:50.22
26 1 5 Gard Kvale Norway 3:50.47 NR
27 2 7 Dominik Meichtry Switzerland 3:50.55
28 4 2 Sun Yang China 3:50.90
29 4 1 Christian Kubusch Germany 3:52.73
30 2 6 Jean Basson South Africa 3:52.90
31 1 4 Daniele Tirabassi Venezuela 3:53.26
32 2 8 Balázs Gercsák Hungary 3:54.14
33 1 3 Květoslav Svoboda Czech Republic 3:56.54
34 2 2 Jon Raahauge Rud Denmark 3:57.41
35 1 6 Juan Martín Pereyra Argentina 3:59.35
36 1 2 Oleg Rabota Kazakhstan 4:02.16
37 2 1 Luka Turk Slovenia DNS

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st 3 Park Tae-Hwan South Korea 3:41.86 AS
2nd 5 Zhang Lin China 3:42.44 NR
3rd 4 Larsen Jensen United States 3:42.78 AM
4 7 Peter Vanderkaay United States 3:43.11
5 1 Oussama Mellouli Tunisia 3:43.45 AF
6 2 Grant Hackett Australia 3:43.84
7 8 Yuri Prilukov Russia 3:43.97
8 6 Nikita Lobintsev Russia 3:48.29

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Lohn, John (10 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Tae Hwan Park Captures Gold Medal in Men's 400 Free". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Park secures 400m freestyle gold". BBC Sport. 10 August 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "S. Korean Park wins men's 400m freestyle Olympic gold". Xinhua (China Daily). 10 August 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Park Tae-hwan wins swim event". News24. 11 August 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Double joy for Thorpe". BBC Sport. 30 July 2002. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 

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