Swimming at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metre freestyle

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Swimming at the
1936 Summer Olympics
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Freestyle
100 m men   women
400 m men   women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men   women
Breaststroke
200 m men   women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m   women
4×200 m men  

The men's 400 metre freestyle was a swimming event held as part of the swimming at the 1936 Summer Olympics programme.[1] It was the seventh appearance of the event, which was established in 1908. The competition was held from Monday 10 to Wednesday 12 August 1936.

Thirty-four swimmers from 16 nations competed.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
Jack Medica
 United States
Shunpei Uto
 Japan
Shozo Makino
 Japan

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1936 Summer Olympics.

World Record 4:38.7 United States Jack Medica Honolulu (USA) 30 August 1934
Olympic Record 4:48.4 United States Buster Crabbe Los Angeles (USA) 10 August 1932

In the fifth heat Shunpei Uto set a new Olympic record with 4:45.5 minutes. In the final Jack Medica bettered the Olympic record with 4:44.5 minutes.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Monday 10 August 1936: The fastest two in each heat and the next two fastest from across the heats advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Hiroshi Negami (JPN) 4:52.6 QQ
2  John Macionis (USA) 4:57.1 QQ
3  Heinz Arendt (GER) 4:57.2 qq
4  Árpád Lengyel (HUN) 4:57.7
5  Edmund Pader (AUT) 5:16.9
6  Robert Hooper (CAN) 5:17.2

Heat 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Bob Leivers (GBR) 4:57.2 QQ
2  Otto Przywara (GER) 5:11.7 QQ
3  Aage Hellstrøm (DEN) 5:18.2
4  João Havelange (BRA) 5:31.5

Heat 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Shozo Makino (JPN) 4:51.3 QQ
2  Ralph Flanagan (USA) 4:54.7 QQ
3  Norman Wainwright (GBR) 5:03.6
4  Bob Hamerton (CAN) 5:13.3
5  Jørgen Jørgensen (DEN) 5:17.8
6  István Angyal (HUN) 5:20.9
7  Werner Lehmann (SUI) 5:36.8

Heat 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Ödön Gróf (HUN) 4:59.4 QQ
2  Hans Freese (GER) 5:03.1 QQ
3  Heikki Hietanen (FIN) 5:08.9
4  William Pearson (GBR) 5:12.7
5  Aluizio Lage (BRA) 5:18.3
6  Washington Guzmán (CHI) 5:19.1
7  Franz Seltenheim (AUT) 5:38.3

Heat 5

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Shunpei Uto (JPN) 4:45.5 QQ OR
2  Jean Taris (FRA) 4:53.9 QQ
3  Bob Pirie (CAN) 4:56.0 qq
4  Poul Petersen (DEN) 5:20.3
5  Edmund Cooper (BER) 5:53.8

Heat 6

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Jack Medica (USA) 4:55.9 QQ
2  Walter Ledgard (PER) 5:05.5 QQ
3  Piet Stam (NED) 5:07.8
4  Manoel Villar (BRA) 5:18.2
5  Hans Brenner (SUI) 5:33.8

Semifinals[edit]

Tuesday 11 August 1936: The fastest three in each semi-final and the fastest fourth-placed advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Shunpei Uto (JPN) 4:48.4 QQ
2  Ralph Flanagan (USA) 4:49.9 QQ
3  Hiroshi Negami (JPN) 4:55.4 QQ
4  John Macionis (USA) 4:56.4
5  Hans Freese (GER) 4:58.5
6  Bob Pirie (CAN) 4:58.7
7  Ödön Gróf (HUN) 5:01.9

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Shozo Makino (JPN) 4:48.2 QQ
 Jack Medica (USA) 4:48.2 QQ
3  Jean Taris (FRA) 4:53.6 QQ
4  Bob Leivers (GBR) 4:55.7 qq
5  Heinz Arendt (GER) 5:13.4
6  Otto Przywara (GER) 5:14.9

Final[edit]

Wednesday 12 August 1936:

Place Swimmer Time
1  Jack Medica (USA) 4:44.5 OR
2  Shunpei Uto (JPN) 4:45.6
3  Shozo Makino (JPN) 4:48.1
4  Ralph Flanagan (USA) 4:52.7
5  Hiroshi Negami (JPN) 4:53.6
6  Jean Taris (FRA) 4:53.8
7  Bob Leivers (GBR) 5:00.9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games: Men's 400 metres Freestyle". Sports Reference. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 

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