Swimming at the 1924 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 1924 Summer Olympics programme.[1] It was the fourth appearance of the event, which was established in 1908. The competition was held from Wednesday July 16, 1924 to Friday July 18, 1924.

Men's 400 metre freestyle
at the Games of the VIII Olympiad
DateJuly 16–18
Competitors23 from 13 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Johnny Weissmuller  United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Arne Borg  Sweden
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Boy Charlton  Australia
← 1920
1928 →

RecordsEdit

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1924 Summer Olympics.

World Record 4:57.0   Johnny Weissmuller New Haven (USA) March 6, 1923
Olympic Record 5:24.4   George Hodgson Stockholm (SWE) July 14, 1912

In the first heat Ralph Breyer set a new Olympic record with 5:22.4 minutes, only to be bettered in the third heat by Johnny Weissmuller who set a time of 5:22.2 minutes. Weissmuller improved this record to 5:13.6 minutes in the semi-finals and finally to 5:04.2 minutes in the final.

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

The fastest two in each heat and the fastest third-placed from across the heats advanced.

Heat 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1   Ralph Breyer (USA) 5:22.4 QQ OR
2   Jack Hatfield (GBR) 5:32.6 QQ
3   Atilije Venturini (YUG) 6:28.0
  Moss Christie (AUS) DNF

Heat 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1   Åke Borg (SWE) 5:28.2 QQ
2   Václav Antoš (TCH) 5:34.8 QQ
3   Dionysios Vasilopoulos (GRE) 6:21.4
4   Đura Sentđerđi (YUG) 6:41.4

Heat 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1   Johnny Weissmuller (USA) 5:22.2 QQ OR
2   Boy Charlton (AUS) 5:30.2 QQ
3   Edward Peter (GBR) 5:38.6
4   Salvator Pélégry (FRA) 5:56.2
5   Sjaak Köhler (NED) 6:20.4

Heat 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1   Arne Borg (SWE) 5:31.8 QQ
2   Frank Beaurepaire (AUS) 5:38.0 QQ
3   Kazuo Noda (JPN) 5:43.8
4   Alberto Zorrilla (ARG) 5:49.4
5   Stanislav Bičák (TCH) 5:52.4

Heat 5

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1   Lester Smith (USA) 5:32.4 QQ
2   Harold Annison (GBR) 5:32.6 QQ
3   George Vernot (CAN) 5:32.2 qq
4   Édouard Vanzeveren (FRA) 5:59.8
5   Pedro Méndez (ESP) 6:26.6

SemifinalsEdit

The fastest two in each semi-final and the faster of the two third-placed swimmer advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1   Johnny Weissmuller (USA) 5:13.6 QF OR
2   Boy Charlton (AUS) 5:32.6 QF
3   Lester Smith (USA) 5:37.6
4   George Vernot (CAN) 5:38.0
5   Václav Antoš (TCH) 5:53.2
  Ralph Breyer (USA) DNS

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1   Arne Borg (SWE) 5:21.4 QF
2   Åke Borg (SWE) 5:25.0 QF
3   Jack Hatfield (GBR) 5:30.4 qf
4   Harold Annison (GBR) 5:39.4
  Frank Beaurepaire (AUS) DNF

FinalEdit

Place Swimmer Time
1   Johnny Weissmuller (USA) 5:04.2 OR
2   Arne Borg (SWE) 5:05.6
3   Boy Charlton (AUS) 5:06.6
4   Åke Borg (SWE) 5:26.0
5   Jack Hatfield (GBR) 5:32.0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1924 Paris Summer Games: Men's 400 metres Freestyle". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 31 August 2016.

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