Swimming at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metre freestyle
|Men's 400 metre freestyle
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
|Venue||White City Stadium|
|Competitors||25 from 10 nations|
|Swimming at the
1908 Summer Olympics
The men's 400 metre freestyle was one of six swimming events on the swimming at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme. Its distance was the median of the 3 individual freestyle event distances. It was the first time an event over 400 metres was held at the Olympics (after a 440 yard contest was held in 1904). The competition was held from Monday July 13, 1908 to Thursday July 16, 1908.
Twenty-five swimmers from ten nations competed.
These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1908 Summer Olympics.
|Olympic Record||6:16.2(*)||Charles Daniels||St. Louis (USA)||September 7, 1904|
(*) 440 yards (= 402.34 m)
In the final Henry Taylor set the first official world record for this distance in 5:36.8 minutes.
The fastest swimmer in each heat and the fastest loser advanced, qualifying 10 swimmers for the semifinals.
|1||Thomas Battersby (GBR)||5:48.8||QS|
|2||Béla Las-Torres (HUN)||5:52.2||qs|
|3||Leo Goodwin (USA)||Unknown|
|4||Vilhelm Andersson (SWE)||Unknown|
|—||Henri Decoin (FRA)||Did not finish|
|1||William Foster (GBR)||5:54.8||QS|
|2||Robert Andersson (SWE)||6:28.0|
Tartakover had no competition in the third heat.
|1||Theodore Tartakover (ANZ)||6:35.0||QS|
|1||Frank Beaurepaire (ANZ)||5:49.2||QS|
|2||Sam Blatherwick (GBR)||6:16.8|
|3||Conrad Trubenbach (USA)||Unknown|
|—||Davide Baiardo (ITA)||Did not finish|
|1||Paul Radmilovic (GBR)||6:10.0||QS|
|2||Aage Holm (DEN)||8:08.8|
|1||Henry Taylor (GBR)||5:42.2||QS|
|2||Frank Springfield (ANZ)||5:57.4|
|3||Mario Massa (ITA)||Unknown|
|1||Otto Scheff (AUT)||5:51.0||QS|
|2||William Haynes (GBR)||6:21.2|
|3||József Ónody (HUN)||Unknown|
|4-5||Frits Meuring (NED)||Unknown|
|Hjalmar Saxtorph (DEN)||Unknown|
Zachár had no competition in the eighth heat.
|1||Imre Zachár (HUN)||6:09.8||QS|
|1||Henrik Hajós (HUN)||6:19.8||QS|
|2||Arthur Sharp (GBR)||7:00.4|
The fastest two swimmers from each semifinal advanced to the final.
|1||Otto Scheff (AUT)||5:40.6||QF|
|2||Henry Taylor (GBR)||5:41.0||QF|
|3||Thomas Battersby (GBR)||Unknown|
|4||Béla Las-Torres (HUN)||Unknown|
|5||Henrik Hajós (HUN)||Unknown|
|1||Frank Beaurepaire (ANZ)||5:44.0||QF|
|2||William Foster (GBR)||5:52.2||QF|
|3||Paul Radmilovic (GBR)||Unknown|
|—||Imre Zachár (HUN)||Did not finish|
|—||Theodore Tartakover (ANZ)||Did not start|
|1||Henry Taylor (GBR)||5:36.8|
|2||Frank Beaurepaire (ANZ)||5:44.2|
|3||Otto Scheff (AUT)||5:46.0|
|4||William Foster (GBR)||Unknown|
- Cook, Theodore Andrea (1908). The Fourth Olympiad, Being the Official Report. London: British Olympic Association.
- De Wael, Herman (2001). "Swimming 1908". Herman's Full Olympians. Retrieved 13 May 2006.