Swimming at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metre freestyle

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Swimming at the
1948 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 event at the 1948 Olympic Games took place between July 31 and August 4 at the Empire Pool.[1] This swimming event used freestyle swimming, which means that the method of the stroke is not regulated (unlike backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly events). Nearly all swimmers use the front crawl or a variant of that stroke. Because an Olympic-size swimming pool is 50 metres long, this race consisted of eight lengths of the pool.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Bill Smith
 United States
Silver Jimmy McLane
 United States
Bronze John Marshall
 Australia

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Jimmy McLane  United States 4:42.2 Q, OR
2 Bill Smith  United States 4:45.3 Q
3 John Marshall  Australia 4:51.4 Q
4 Géza Kádas  Hungary 4:52.8 Q
5 Jack Hale  Great Britain 4:53.3 Q
5 Alex Jany  France 4:53.3 Q
7 Per-Olof Östrand  Sweden 4:53.5 Q
8 Alfredo Yantorno  Argentina 4:53.8 Q
9 György Mitró  Hungary 4:56.0 Q
10 Bill Heusner  United States 4:58.3 Q
11 Don Johnston  South Africa 4:57.4 Q
12 Miroslav Bartůšek  Czechoslovakia 4:57.9 q
13 Branko Vidović  Yugoslavia 4:58.7 q
14 Janko Puhar  Yugoslavia 5:00.8 q
15 Marijan Stipetić  Yugoslavia 5:01.4 q
16 Imre Nyéki  Hungary 5:01.8 Q
17 Luis González  Colombia 5:02.1
18 Roy Botham  Great Britain 5:03.4
19 Jo Bernardo  France 5:03.8
20 Florbel Pérez  Uruguay 5:04.7
21 René Cornu  France 5:05.2
22 José Durañona  Argentina 5:05.8
23 Garrick Agnew  Australia 5:06.1
24 Luis Child  Colombia 5:08.5
25 Isidoro Martínez-Vela  Spain 5:10.0
26 Juan Garay  Argentina 5:10.4
27 Doug Gibson  Canada 5:13.4
28 Isidoro Pérez  Spain 5:16.1
29 Ari Guðmundsson  Iceland 5:16.2
30 Alejandro Febrero  Spain 5:16.9
31 Tom Holt  Great Britain 5:20.7
32 Derek Oatway  Bermuda 5:20.9
33 Allen Gilchrist  Canada 5:21.5
34 Sambiao Basanung  Philippines 5:21.5
35 Walter Schneider  Switzerland 5:25.5
36 Walter Bardgett  Bermuda 5:37.2
37 Robert Cook  Bermuda 5:37.9
38 Bimal Chandra  India 5:38.6
39 Jack Hakim  Egypt 5:40.3
40 Anwar Aziz Chaudhry  Pakistan 6:17.4
41 Sultan Karim Ali  Pakistan 7:16.9

Key: OR = Olympic record, Q = qualification by place in heat, q = qualification by overall place

Semifinals[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Géza Kádas  Hungary 4:47.8 Q
2 William Smith  United States 4:48.4 Q
3 Jimmy McLane  United States 4:49.5 Q
4 John Marshall  Australia 4:50.0 Q
5 György Mitró  Hungary 4:50.8 q
6 Alex Jany  France 4:51.3 q
7 Jack Hale  Great Britain 4:51.4 q
8 Alfredo Yantorno  Argentina 4:57.3 q
9 Bill Heusner  United States 4:57.4
10 Marjan Stipetić  Yugoslavia 4:58.6
11 Janko Puhar  Yugoslavia 4:58.7
11 Miroslav Bartůšek  Czechoslovakia 4:58.7
13 Branko Vidović  Yugoslavia 4:59.4
14 Don Johnston  South Africa 4:59.5

Key: Q = qualification by place in heat, q = qualification by overall place

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Bill Smith  United States 4:41.0 OR
2 Jimmy McLane  United States 4:43.4
3 John Marshall  Australia 4:47.4
4 Géza Kádas  Hungary 4:49.4
5 György Mitró  Hungary 4:49.9
6 Alex Jany  France 4:51.4
7 Jack Hale  Great Britain 4:55.9
8 Alfredo Yantorno  Argentina 4:58.7

Key: OR = Olympic record

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1948 London Summer Games: Men's 400 metres Freestyle". Sports Reference. Retrieved 18 September 2016.