Swimming at the 1912 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metre freestyle

The men's 400 metre freestyle was a swimming event held as part of the swimming at the 1912 Summer Olympics programme.[1] It was the third appearance of the event, which had been introduced in 1904. The competition was held from Thursday July 11, 1912 to Sunday July 14, 1912.

Men's 400 metre freestyle
at the Games of the V Olympiad
VenueDjurgårdsbrunnsviken
DatesJuly 11–14
Competitors26 from 13 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) George Hodgson  Canada
2nd place, silver medalist(s) John Hatfield  Great Britain
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Harold Hardwick  Australasia
← 1908
1920 →

Twenty-six swimmers from 13 nations competed.

RecordsEdit

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1912 Summer Olympics.

World Record 5:28.4   Béla Las-Torres Budapest (HUN) June 5, 1912
Olympic Record 5:36.8   Henry Taylor London (GBR) July 16, 1908

In the first heat Harold Hardwick set a new Olympic record with 5:36.0 minutes. In the fifth heat Cecil Healy improved the Olympic record with 5:34.0 minutes. In the first semi-final George Hodgson set a world record with 5:25.4 minutes and in the final he improved his record again with 5:24.4 minutes.

ResultsEdit

QuarterfinalsEdit

The top two in each heat advanced along with the fastest loser overall.

Heat 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1   Harold Hardwick (ANZ) 5:36.0 QS OR
2   Malcolm Champion (ANZ) 5:37.0 QS
3   James Reilly (USA) 6:10.2
4   Nils-Erik Haglund (SWE) 6:23.4
5   Davide Baiardo (ITA)
  Mario Massa (ITA) DNF

Heat 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1   Thomas Battersby (GBR) 6:03.6 QS
2   John Johnsen (NOR) 6:14.4 QS
3   Eskil Wedholm (SWE) 6:29.8
  Pavel Avksentyev (RUS) DNF

Heat 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1   Max Ritter (GER) 5:44.6 QS
2   Alajos Kenyery (HUN) 5:46.0 QS
3   Nicholas Nerich (USA) 5:50.4 qs
  Theodore Tartakover (ANZ) DNF
  David Theander (SWE) DNF

Heat 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1   Béla Las-Torres (HUN) 5:36.2 QS
2   Henry Taylor (GBR) 5:48.4 QS
  Nikolay Voronkov (RUS) DNF

Heat 5

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1   Cecil Healy (ANZ) 5:34.0 QS OR
2   John Hatfield (GBR) 5:35.6 QS
3   Franz Schuh (AUT) 6:09.4

Heat 6

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1   George Hodgson (CAN) 5:50.6 QS
2   William Foster (GBR) 5:52.4 QS
3   Oscar Schiele (GER) 5:57.0
4   George Godfrey (RSA) 6:30.6
5   Harry Hedegaard (DEN) 7:07.8

SemifinalsEdit

The top two from each heat and the faster of the two third place swimmers advanced.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1   George Hodgson (CAN) 5:25.4 QF WR
2   John Hatfield (GBR) 5:25.6 QF
3   William Foster (GBR) 5:49.0
4   Nicholas Nerich (USA) 5:51.0
5   Thomas Battersby (GBR) 5:51.2
6   John Johnsen (NOR)
  Max Ritter (GER) DNS

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1   Harold Hardwick (ANZ) 5:31.0 QF
2   Béla Las-Torres (HUN) 5:34.8 QF
3   Cecil Healy (ANZ) 5:37.8 qf
4   Malcolm Champion (ANZ) 5:38.0
5   Henry Taylor (GBR) 5:48.2
  Alajos Kenyery (HUN) DNS

FinalEdit

Place Swimmer Time
1   George Hodgson (CAN) 5:24.4 WR
2   John Hatfield (GBR) 5:25.8
3   Harold Hardwick (ANZ) 5:31.2
4   Cecil Healy (ANZ) 5:37.8
5   Béla Las-Torres (HUN) 5:42.0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games: Men's 400 metres Freestyle". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

NotesEdit

  • Bergvall, Erik (ed.) (1913). Adams-Ray, Edward (trans.). (ed.). The Official Report of the Olympic Games of Stockholm 1912. Stockholm: Wahlström & Widstrand.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Retrieved 29 January 2007. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)