Swimming at the 2012 Summer Paralympics – Men's 400 metre freestyle S7
|Men's 400 metre freestyle S7
at the XIV Paralympic Games
|Venue||London Aquatics Centre|
|Competitors||16 from 13 nations|
|Swimming at the
2012 Summer Paralympics
|50 m freestyle||S2||S4||S5|
|100 m freestyle||S2||S4||S5|
|200 m freestyle||S2||S4||S5|
|400 m freestyle||S6||S7||S8||S9||S10|
|50 m backstroke||S1||S2||S3||S4||S5|
|100 m backstroke||S6||S7||S8||S9||S10|
|50 m breaststroke||SB2||SB3|
|100 m breaststroke||SB4||SB5|
|50 m butterfly||S5|
|100 m butterfly||S8||S9||S10|
|150 m medley||SM3||SM4|
|200 m medley||SM6||SM7||SM8||SM9||SM10|
|Freestyle relays||4 × 100 m (34pts)|
|Medley relays||4 × 100 m (34pts)|
The men's 400 metre freestyle S7 event at the 2012 Paralympic Games took place on 6 September, at the London Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park, London. The event was for athletes included in the S7 classification, which is for competitors with physical impairments. Sixteen swimmers took part, representing a total of thirteen different nations. Great Britain's Josef Craig set a new world records in both the heats and the final as he won the gold medal.
British swimmer Josef Craig won the first heat while setting a new world record time of four minutes, 45.79 seconds. Shiyun Pan of China finished third in the heat but set a new Asian record time Croatian Mihovil Spanja and Australian Matthew Levy also qualified for the final from heat one.
The second heat was won by Jonathan Fox of Great Britain in a time of four minutes, 49.91 seconds. Fox qualified from the heats as the second fastest swimmer overall and was joined in the final by Andrey Gladkov of Russia, Marian Kvasnytsia of Ukraine and Lantz Lamback of the United States, who finished second, third and fourth in the second heat.
The final of the event took place on 6 September at 17:47 BST. Great Britain's Craig won the gold medal in a time of four minutes, 42.81 seconds, breaking his own world record that he had set in heats earlier in the day. At the age of 15 Craig was the youngest gold medallist for the hosts Great Britain at the 2012 Games. The silver medal went to Pan of China as he beat his own Asian record time from the heats. Bronze was won by 15-year-old Russian Gladkov.
- Qualified for next round
- AS = Asian record
- WR = World record
|1||5||Josef Craig||Great Britain||4:45.79||Q, WR|
|3||3||Shiyun Pan||China||4:53.37||Q, AS|
|1||4||Jonathan Fox||Great Britain||4:49.91||Q|
|3||3||Lantz Lamback||United States||4:59.47||Q|
|8||8||Enrique Perez Davila||Mexico||5:25.32|
|4||Josef Craig||Great Britain||4:42.81||WR|
|4||7||Jonathan Fox||Great Britain||4:48.03|
|6||2||Lantz Lamback||United States||4:56.87|
- "Swimming - Classification". The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
- "Men's 400m Freestyle - S7". The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- "Men's 100m Backstroke - S7 Final". The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- Pearce, Nick (6 September 2012). "Paralympics 2012: Josef Craig wins gold for Great Britain in 400m freestyle and breaks his own world record". The Telegraph. Retrieved 7 September 2012.