Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metre freestyle

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The men's 400 metre freestyle event at the 1972 Olympic Games took place September 1.[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.

Rick DeMont of the United States originally won the gold medal in 4:00.26, but was disqualified after he tested positive for ephedrine. The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has recognized his gold medal performance in the 1972 Summer Olympics in 2001,[2] but only the IOC has the power to restore his medal, and it has as of 2017 refused to do so.[2]

Medalists[edit]

Gold Brad Cooper
 Australia
Silver Steve Genter
 United States
Bronze Tom McBreen
 United States

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Gunnar Larsson  Sweden 4:09.88
2 Ton van Klooster  Netherlands 4:11.72
3 Guillermo García  Mexico 4:15.33
4 Alain Charmey  Switzerland 4:18.25
5 Bruce Robertson  Canada 4:20.31
6 Neil Dexter  Great Britain 4:24.80
7 Kamal Kenawi Ali Moustafa  Egypt 4:24.97

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Bengt Gingsjö  Sweden 4:06.59 OR, Q
2 Hans Fassnacht  West Germany 4:09.23
3 Udo Poser  East Germany 4:09.62
4 Peter Rosenkranz  West Germany 4:14.01
5 Tomás Becerra  Colombia 4:20.78
6 Dae Imlani  Philippines 4:24.01
7 Dimitrios Theodoropoulos  Greece 4:30.54

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Steve Genter  United States 4:05.89 OR, Q
2 Anders Bellbring  Sweden 4:08.38
3 Aleksandr Samsonov  Soviet Union 4:11.46
4 Wolfram Sperling  East Germany 4:14.73
5 Sverre Kile  Norway 4:20.86
6 José Luis Prado  Mexico 4:22.31
7 Friðrik Guðmundsson  Iceland 4:26.25

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Brad Cooper  Australia 4:04.59 OR, Q
2 Werner Lampe  West Germany 4:04.80 Q
3 Ralph Hutton  Canada 4:09.27
4 Władysław Wojtakajtis  Poland 4:16.04
5 Alfredo Machado  Brazil 4:18.05
6 Arnaldo Cinquetti  Italy 4:19.49
7 Gustavo González  Argentina 4:21.22

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Rick DeMont  United States 4:05.70 Q
2 Graham Windeatt  Australia 4:05.92 Q
3 Gerardo Vera  Venezuela 4:11.37
4 Jorge Delgado  Ecuador 4:12.29
5 Mark Treffers  New Zealand 4:14.10
6 Antonio Corell  Spain 4:17.81
7 Jo O-ryeon  South Korea 4:21.78

Heat 6

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Tom McBreen  United States 4:06.09 Q
2 Brian Brinkley  Great Britain 4:06.44 Q
3 Graham White  Australia 4:08.29
4 Ron Jacks  Canada 4:16.08
5 Viktor Aboimov  Soviet Union 4:17.04
6 Klaus Dockhorn  East Germany 4:17.98
7 Guillermo Pacheco  Peru 4:18.78
8 François Deley  Belgium 4:24.73

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Brad Cooper  Australia 4:00.27 OR
2 Steve Genter  United States 4:01.94
3 Tom McBreen  United States 4:02.64
4 Graham Windeatt  Australia 4:02.93
5 Brian Brinkley  Great Britain 4:06.69
6 Bengt Gingsjö  Sweden 4:06.75
7 Werner Lampe  West Germany 4:06.97
Rick DeMont  United States 4:00.26 DQ

Key: DQ = Disqualified, OR = Olympic record

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1972 Munich Summer Games: Men's 400 metres Freestyle". Sports Reference. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b Associated Press (January 30, 2001). "Better late than never". sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Archived from the original on May 7, 2001.