Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metre freestyle

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Swimming events at the
1972 Summer Olympics
Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
Freestyle
100 m men women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Breaststroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Butterfly
100 m men women
200 m men women
Individual medley
200 m men women
400 m men women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m men women
4×200 m men
Medley relay
4×100 m men women

The men's 1500 metre freestyle event at the 1972 Olympic Games took place between September 3 and 4.[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 Mike Burton
 United States
Silver Graham Windeatt
 Australia
Bronze Doug Northway
 United States

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Hans Faßnacht  West Germany 16:34.63
2 Peter Rosenkranz  West Germany 16:58.26
3 François Deley  Belgium 17:06.09
4 Jim Carter  Great Britain 17:16.01
5 Sergio Irredento  Italy 17:19.45
6 Friðrik Guðmundsson  Iceland 17:32.47
7 Edwin Borja  Greece 18:12.17

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Graham Windeatt  Australia 15:59.63
2 Guillermo García  Mexico 16:29.48
3 Anders Bellbring  Sweden 16:33.27
4 Deane Buckboro  Canada 16:52.50
5 Gerardo Vera  Venezuela 17:10.33
6 Gustavo González  Argentina 17:23.53

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Mike Burton  United States 16:09.56
2 Graham White  Australia 16:19.63
3 Brian Brinkley  Great Britain 16:54.39
4 Alberto García  Mexico 17:05.68
5 Jorge Jaramillo  Colombia 17:35.84
6 Eugen Almer  Romania 17:49.80

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Doug Northway  United States 16:15.30
2 Mark Treffers  New Zealand 16:23.86
3 Dusan Grozaj  West Germany 16:44.59
4 Vincenzo Finocchiaro  Italy 17:13.42
5 Tomas Becerra  Colombia 17:16.38
6 Alfredo Carlos Machado  Brazil 17:20.34
7 Guillermo Pacheco  Peru 17:36.36
8 Dae Imlani  Philippines 17:37.65

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Brad Cooper  Australia 16:11.41
2 Bengt Gingsjö  Sweden 16:26.67
3 Klaus Dockhorn  East Germany 16:55.30
4 Jo O-ryeon  South Korea 17:29.23
5 Aleksandr Samsonov  Soviet Union 17:32.88
6 Kamal Kenawi Ali Moustafa  Egypt 17:40.37
7 Neil Dexter  Great Britain 17:42.83
8 Brian Clifford  Ireland 18:09.28

Heat 6

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Ton van Klooster  Netherlands 16:34.77
2 Axel Freudenberg  East Germany 16:37.19
3 Zoltán Verrasztó  Hungary 17:18.66
4 Władysław Wojtakajtis  Poland 17:23.47
5 Christoph Kreienbühl  Switzerland 17:27.67
6 Csaba Sós  Hungary 17:43.97
AC Dimitrios Theodoropoulos  Greece 16:17.61 DQ
AC Rick DeMont  United States 18:15.90 DQ

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Mike Burton  United States 15:52.58 WR
2 Graham Windeatt  Australia 15:58.48
3 Doug Northway  United States 16:09.25
4 Bengt Gingsjö  Sweden 16:16.01
5 Graham White  Australia 16:17.22
6 Mark Treffers  New Zealand 16:18.84
7 Brad Cooper  Australia 16:30.49
8 Guillermo García  Mexico 16:36.03

Key: WR = World record

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1972 Munich Summer Games: Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle". Sports Reference. Retrieved 21 November 2016.