Swimming at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metre freestyle

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The men's 1500 metre freestyle event at the 1956 Olympic Games took place between December 5 and 7.[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 30 lengths of the pool.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Murray Rose
 Australia
Silver Tsuyoshi Yamanaka
 Japan
Bronze George Breen
 United States

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Four heats were held; the swimmers with the fastest eight times advanced to the Finals. The swimmers that advanced are highlighted.

Heat One[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 Murray Rose Australia 18:04.1
2 Tsuyoshi Yamanaka Japan 18:04.3
3 William Slater Canada 18:51.6
4 Guy Montserrat France 19:17.4
5 György Csordás Hungary 19:44.2

Heat Two[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 Gary Winram Australia 18:35.7
2 Yukiyoshi Aoki Japan 18:36.0
3 George Onekea United States 19:13.8
4 Peter Duncan South Africa 19:58.5
5 Raúl Martín Cuba 19:59.9

Heat Three[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 George Breen United States 17:52.9
2 Sándor Záborszky Hungary 19:01.2
3 Jacques Collignon France 19:10.8
4 Bana Sailani Philippines 19:16.8
5 Gennady Androsov Soviet Union 19:22.6
6 Hans-Joachim Reich Germany 19:28.6

Heat Four[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 Murray Garretty Australia 18:27.4
2 Jean Boiteux France 18:46.6
3 Seizaburo Yagi Japan 18:57.3
4 David Radcliffe United States 19:09.6

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Murray Rose  Australia 17:58.9
2 Tsuyoshi Yamanaka  Japan 18:00.3
3 George Breen  United States 18:08.2
4 Murray Garretty  Australia 18:26.5
5 William Slater  Canada 18:38.1
6 Jean Boiteux  France 18:38.3
7 Yukiyoshi Aoki  Japan 18:38.3
8 Gary Winram  Australia 19:06.2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games: Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle". Sports Reference. Retrieved 17 September 2016.