Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metre freestyle

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Men's 1500 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Dates August 3, 2012 (heats)
August 4, 2012 (final)
Competitors 31 from 25 nations
Winning time 14:31.02 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Sun Yang  China
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ryan Cochrane  Canada
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Oussama Mellouli  Tunisia
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Swimming at the
2012 Summer Olympics

Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
Freestyle
50 m   men   women
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 women
Medley relay
4×100 m men women
Marathon
10 km men women

The men's 1500 metre freestyle event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 3–4 August at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

Shaking off a potential false start due to fan noise, China's Sun Yang put together a marvelous swim with a relentless attack on his world record to strike a long-distance freestyle double at the Olympic Games for the first time, since the Soviet Union's Vladimir Salnikov did so in 1980. Leading from the start, Sun quickly dropped two seconds under a world-record pace, as he pulled away further from the rest of the field to smash his own standard with a stunning gold-medal time in 14:31.02.[2][3] Trailing behind the leader by 8.61 seconds on a dominant fashion, Canada's Ryan Cochrane held off a close battle from Tunisia's defending champion Oussama Mellouli for the silver in an American record of 14:39.63.[4][5] Meanwhile, Mellouli faded down the stretch to pick up a bronze in 14:40.31, edging out of South Korea's Park Tae-hwan (14:50.61) by a wide margin of 10.3 seconds.[6]

Italian teenager Gregorio Paltrinieri finished fifth in 14:51.92, while U.S. swimmer Connor Jaeger posted a sixth-place time of 14:52.99.[7] Poland's Mateusz Sawrymowicz (14:54.32) and Great Britain's Daniel Fogg (15:00.76) rounded out a historic finale.[6][8]

Notable swimmers missed the final including Jaeger's teammate Andrew Gemmell, Ukraine's Sergiy Frolov, Hungary's Gergő Kis, and British home favorite David Davies, bronze medalist in Athens eight years earlier.[9][10]

Records[edit]

At the start of this event, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Sun Yang (CHN) 14:34.14 Shanghai, China 31 July 2011
Olympic record  Grant Hackett (AUS) 14:38.92 Beijing, China 15 August 2008

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 4 Final Sun Yang  China 14:31.02 WR, OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[14]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 4 Sun Yang  China 14:43.25 Q
2 4 7 Oussama Mellouli  Tunisia 14:46.23 Q
3 3 4 Ryan Cochrane  Canada 14:49.31 Q
4 2 5 Gregorio Paltrinieri  Italy 14:50.11 Q
5 2 3 Daniel Fogg  Great Britain 14:56.12 Q
6 3 5 Park Tae-Hwan  South Korea 14:56.89 Q
7 3 3 Connor Jaeger  United States 14:57.56 Q
8 2 6 Mateusz Sawrymowicz  Poland 14:57.59 Q
9 4 3 Andrew Gemmell  United States 14:59.05
10 4 1 Sergiy Frolov  Ukraine 14:59.19 NR
11 4 6 Job Kienhuis  Netherlands 15:03.16
12 3 7 Gergely Gyurta  Hungary 15:04.22
13 2 2 Gabriele Detti  Italy 15:06.22
14 3 2 Damien Joly  France 15:08.50
15 3 1 Dai Jun  China 15:13.90
16 3 6 David Davies  Great Britain 15:14.77
17 4 5 Pál Joensen  Denmark 15:18.42
18 4 8 Jarrod Poort  Australia 15:20.82
19 2 4 Gergő Kis  Hungary 15:21.74
20 4 2 Anthony Pannier  France 15:24.08
21 2 7 Heerden Herman  South Africa 15:25.71
22 1 4 Arturo Pérez Vertti Ferrer  Mexico 15:25.91
23 2 8 Alejandro Gómez  Venezuela 15:27.38
24 1 7 Jan Micka  Czech Republic 15:29.34
25 1 6 Anton Sveinn McKee  Iceland 15:29.40 NR
26 1 5 Ediz Yıldırımer  Turkey 15:29.97
27 2 1 Matias Koski  Finland 15:34.80
28 1 3 Ventsislav Aydarski  Bulgaria 15:34.86
29 3 8 Juan Martín Pereyra  Argentina 15:36.72
30 1 2 Uladzimir Zhyharau  Belarus 15:48.67
31 1 1 Ullalmath Gagan  India 16:31.14

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 4 Sun Yang  China 14:31.02 WR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 3 Ryan Cochrane  Canada 14:39.63 AM
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 Oussama Mellouli  Tunisia 14:40.31
4 7 Park Tae-Hwan  South Korea 14:50.61 NR
5 6 Gregorio Paltrinieri  Italy 14:51.92
6 1 Connor Jaeger  United States 14:52.99
7 8 Mateusz Sawrymowicz  Poland 14:54.32
8 2 Daniel Fogg  Great Britain 15:00.76

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming: Results & Schedules". London 2012. NBC Olympics. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Tucker, Jim (5 August 2012). "Sun Yang smashes 1500m freestyle world record at London Olympics". The Daily Telegraph (Australia). Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Auerbach, Nicole (4 August 2012). "China's Sun crushes world record by 3 seconds in 1,500". USA Today. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Maki, Allan (4 August 2012). "Canada's Ryan Cochrane captures silver in men's 1,500 freestyle". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Mackin, Bob (4 August 2012). "Canada's Ryan Cochrane swims to silver in 1,500m freestyle". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: Sun Yang Averts Potential False Start Disaster for Relentless World Record in 1500 Free; Ryan Cochrane Second, Ous Mellouli Third; USA's Connor Jaeger Takes Sixth". Swimming World Magazine. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "London Olympics: Connor Jaeger, Fair Haven native, finishes sixth in 1,500 freestyle final". The Star-Ledger. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Olympics swimming: Sun Yang wins 1500m freestyle gold". BBC Sport. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "2012 London Olympics: World-Record Holder Sun Yang Dominates Morning Session of 1500 Free; Defending Champion Ous Mellouli Second; Ryan Cochrane, Tae Hwan Park, Connor Jaeger Among Finalists; Andrew Gemmell Misses". Swimming World Magazine. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Halsall off to a flier". Sky Sports. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Cochrane nabs silver in Yang's world record swim". CBC Sports. 31 July 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "FINA World Championships, Swimming: Sun Yang Downs Grant Hackett's 1500 Free World Record". Swimming World Magazine. 31 July 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  13. ^ Lohn, John (15 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Grant Hackett Leads 1500 Free Qualifying With Olympic Standard". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Men's 1500m Freestyle – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 

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