Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 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 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. In 2001, Jacques Rogge gave him his medal,[citation needed] but the IOC has so far declined to overturn the results.

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.