Swimming at the 1912 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metre freestyle

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Men's 1500 metre freestyle
at the Games of the V Olympiad
Venue Djurgårdsbrunnsviken
Dates July 6–10
Competitors 19 from 11 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) George Hodgson  Canada
2nd, silver medalist(s) John Hatfield  Great Britain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Harold Hardwick  Australasia
← 1908
1920 →

The men's 1500 metre freestyle was a swimming event held as part of the swimming at the 1912 Summer Olympics programme.[1] It was the second appearance of the event, which had been introduced in 1908. At the 1904 and 1906 Olympics a one-mile freestyle contest was held. The competition was held from Saturday July 6, 1912 to Wednesday July 10, 1912.

Nineteen swimmers from eleven nations competed.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1912 Summer Olympics.

World Record 22:48.4 United Kingdom Henry Taylor London (GBR) July 25, 1908
Olympic Record 22:48.4 United Kingdom Henry Taylor London (GBR) July 25, 1908

George Hodgson set a new world record with a 22:23.0 in the qualifying round and improved his own record in the final to 22:00.0.

Results[edit]

Quarterfinals[edit]

The top two in each heat advanced along with the fastest loser overall.

Quarterfinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Vilhelm Andersson (SWE) 23:12.2 QS
2  Malcolm Champion (ANZ) 23:34.0 QS
3  Henry Taylor (GBR) 24:06.4 qs
 Herbert Wetter (NOR) DNF

Quarterfinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Béla Las-Torres (HUN) 22:58.0 QS
2  Jack Hatfield (GBR) 23:16.6 QS
 Auguste Caby (FRA) DNF

Quarterfinal 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  George Hodgson (CAN) 22:23.0 QS WR
2  William Longworth (ANZ) 23:03.6 QS
3  Harry Hedegaard (DEN) 28:32.4

Quarterfinal 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Thomas Battersby (GBR) 23:58.0 QS
2  Franz Schuh (AUT) 25:19.8 QS
3  Eskil Wedholm (SWE) 27:38.0
 Mario Massa (ITA) DNF

Quarterfinal 5

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Harold Hardwick (ANZ) 23:23.2 QS
2  William Foster (GBR) 23:52.2 QS
3  John Johnsen (NOR) 25:45.6
4  Gustav Collin (SWE) 27:05.2
 Pavel Avksentyev (RUS) DNF

Semifinals[edit]

The top two from each heat and the faster of the two third place swimmers advanced.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  George Hodgson (CAN) 22:26.0 QF
2  Jack Hatfield (GBR) 22:33.4 QF
3  Harold Hardwick (ANZ) 23:14.0 qf
4  Vilhelm Andersson (SWE) 23:14.4
 Henry Taylor (GBR) DNF
 Franz Schuh (AUT) DNS

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Béla Las-Torres (HUN) 23:09.8 QF
2  Malcolm Champion (ANZ) 23:24.2 QF
3  William Foster (GBR) 23:32.2
4  Thomas Battersby (GBR)
 William Longworth (ANZ) DNS

Final[edit]

George Hodgson on the way to winning the gold medal.
Place Swimmer Time
1  George Hodgson (CAN) 22:00.0 WR
2  Jack Hatfield (GBR) 22:39.0
3  Harold Hardwick (ANZ) 23:15.4
-  Malcolm Champion (ANZ) DNF
-  Béla Las-Torres (HUN) DNF

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • Bergvall, Erik (ed.) (1913). Adams-Ray, Edward (trans.)., ed. The Official Report of the Olympic Games of Stockholm 1912. Stockholm: Wahlström & Widstrand. 
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Retrieved 29 January 2007.