Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metre individual medley
|Men's 400 metre individual medley
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
|Venue||Olympic Aquatic Centre|
|Date||August 14, 2004 (heats & final)|
|Competitors||36 from 26 nations|
|Winning time||4:08.26 WR|
|Swimming events at the
2004 Summer Olympics
U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps broke a new world record of 4:08.26 to claim his first ever Olympic gold medal. Phelps' teammate Erik Vendt added a second silver to the one he earned behind Tom Dolan in Sydney four years earlier, finishing with a time of 4:11.81. Hungary's László Cseh, silver medalist at the 2003 FINA World Championships, held on for bronze in 4:12.15.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Michael Phelps (USA)||4:08.41||Long Beach, United States||7 July 2004|
|Olympic record||Tom Dolan (USA)||4:11.76||Sydney, Australia||17 September 2000|
The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.
|August 14||Final||Michael Phelps||United States||4:08.26||WR|
|4||Michael Phelps||United States||4:08.26||WR|
|1||Erik Vendt||United States||4:11.81|
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