Swimming at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metre freestyle
The men's 400 metre freestyle was one of six swimming events on the swimming at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme. Its distance was the median of the 3 individual freestyle event distances. It was the first time an event over 400 metres was held at the Olympics (after a 440-yard contest was held in 1904). The competition was held from Monday July 13, 1908 to Thursday July 16, 1908.
|Men's 400 metre freestyle|
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
|Venue||White City Stadium|
|Competitors||25 from 10 nations|
Twenty-five swimmers from ten nations competed.
These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1908 Summer Olympics.
|Olympic Record||6:16.2(*)||Charles Daniels||St. Louis (USA)||September 7, 1904|
(*) 440 yards (= 402.34 m)
In the final Henry Taylor set the first official world record for this distance in 5:36.8 minutes.
The fastest swimmer in each heat and the fastest loser advanced, qualifying 10 swimmers for the semifinals.
|1||Thomas Battersby (GBR)||5:48.8||QS|
|2||Béla Las-Torres (HUN)||5:52.2||qs|
|3||Leo Goodwin (USA)||Unknown|
|4||Vilhelm Andersson (SWE)||Unknown|
|—||Henri Decoin (FRA)||Did not finish|
|1||William Foster (GBR)||5:54.8||QS|
|2||Robert Andersson (SWE)||6:28.0|
Tartakover had no competition in the third heat.
|1||Theodore Tartakover (ANZ)||6:35.0||QS|
|1||Frank Beaurepaire (ANZ)||5:49.2||QS|
|2||Sam Blatherwick (GBR)||6:16.8|
|3||Conrad Trubenbach (USA)||Unknown|
|—||Davide Baiardo (ITA)||Did not finish|
|1||Paul Radmilovic (GBR)||6:10.0||QS|
|2||Aage Holm (DEN)||8:08.8|
|1||Henry Taylor (GBR)||5:42.2||QS|
|2||Frank Springfield (ANZ)||5:57.4|
|3||Mario Massa (ITA)||Unknown|
|1||Otto Scheff (AUT)||5:51.0||QS|
|2||William Haynes (GBR)||6:21.2|
|3||József Ónody (HUN)||Unknown|
|4-5||Frits Meuring (NED)||Unknown|
|Hjalmar Saxtorph (DEN)||Unknown|
Zachár had no competition in the eighth heat.
|1||Imre Zachár (HUN)||6:09.8||QS|
|1||Henrik Hajós (HUN)||6:19.8||QS|
|2||Arthur Sharp (GBR)||7:00.4|
The fastest two swimmers from each semifinal advanced to the final.
|1||Otto Scheff (AUT)||5:40.6||QF|
|2||Henry Taylor (GBR)||5:41.0||QF|
|3||Thomas Battersby (GBR)||Unknown|
|4||Béla Las-Torres (HUN)||Unknown|
|5||Henrik Hajós (HUN)||Unknown|
|1||Frank Beaurepaire (ANZ)||5:44.0||QF|
|2||William Foster (GBR)||5:52.2||QF|
|3||Paul Radmilovic (GBR)||Unknown|
|—||Imre Zachár (HUN)||Did not finish|
|—||Theodore Tartakover (ANZ)||Did not start|
|1||Henry Taylor (GBR)||5:36.8|
|2||Frank Beaurepaire (ANZ)||5:44.2|
|3||Otto Scheff (AUT)||5:46.0|
|4||William Foster (GBR)||Unknown|
- "Swimming at the 1908 London Summer Games: Men's 400 metres Freestyle". Sports Reference. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
- Cook, Theodore Andrea (1908). The Fourth Olympiad, Being the Official Report. London: British Olympic Association.
- De Wael, Herman (2001). "Swimming 1908". Herman's Full Olympians. Retrieved 13 May 2006.