Swimming at the 1952 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metre freestyle

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The men's 1500 metre freestyle event at the 1952 Olympic Games took place between 31 July and 2 August, at the Swimming Stadium.[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 consists of 30 lengths of the pool.

Even though the top three swimmers were from different countries, all of them were of Japanese origin. Ford Konno was Japanese American and Tetsuo Okamoto was Japanese Brazilian.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Ford Konno
 United States
Silver Shiro Hashizume
 Japan
Bronze Tetsuo Okamoto
 Brazil

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Swimmers was starting in six heats. Eight of them with best times qualified to final round. Shiro Hashizume in first heat established new olympic record.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Shiro Hashizume  Japan 18:34.0 Q OR
2 Gotfryd Gremlowski  Poland 19:17.5
3 Tonatiuh Gutiérrez  Mexico 19:18.9
4 Sylvio dos Santos  Brazil 19:26.8
5 Graham Johnston  South Africa 19:27.1
6 Gerry McNamee  Canada 20:02.5
7 Sambiao Basanung  Philippines 20:58.6

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Jimmy McLane  United States 19:09.3 Q
2 Heinz-Günther Lehmann  Germany 19:17.9
3 Efrén Fierro  Mexico 19:55.8
4 Garrick Agnew  Australia 20:03.8
5 Walter Schneider  Switzerland 21:36.2
6 Muhammad Ramzan  Pakistan 23:44.3

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Tetsuo Okamoto  Brazil 19:05.6 Q
2 György Csordás  Hungary 19:26.2
3 Yukiyoshi Aoki  Japan 19:27.0
4 Endel Press  Soviet Union 20:11.7
5 Walter Bardgett  Bermuda 21:42.4
6 Sonny Monteiro  Hong Kong 22:26.7

Heat 4[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Jean Boiteux  France 19:12.3
2 Bill Woolsey  United States 19:24.6
3 César Borja  Mexico 19:43.3
4 Bob Sreenan  Great Britain 19:59.2
5 Vladimir Lavrienko  Soviet Union 20:07.8
6 Cheung Kin Man  Hong Kong 20:50.2
7 Eduardo Priggione  Uruguay 21:11.9

Heat 5[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Ford Konno  United States 18:53.7 Q
2 Jo Bernardo  France 19:06.5 Q
3 Dennis Ford  South Africa 19:27.6
4 Allen Gilchrist  Canada 20:08.3

Heat 6[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Peter Duncan  South Africa 19:03.5 Q
2 John Marshall  Australia 19:09.2 Q
3 Yasuo Kitamura  Japan 19:10.3 Q
4 Enrique Granados  Spain 19:45.9
5 Geoffrey Marks  Ceylon 20:59.4
6 Robert Cook  Bermuda 20:59.6
7 Roar Woldum  Norway 21:19.5

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Ford Konno  United States 18:30.3 OR
2 Shiro Hashizume  Japan 18:41.4
3 Tetsuo Okamoto  Brazil 18:51.3
4 Jimmy McLane  United States 18:51.5
5 Jo Bernardo  France 18:59.1
6 Yasuo Kitamura  Japan 19:00.4
7 Peter Duncan  South Africa 19:12.1
8 John Marshall  Australia 19:53.4

Key: OR = Olympic record

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games: Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle". Sports Reference. Retrieved 24 September 2016.