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Swimming at the 1952 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metre freestyle

The men's 400 metre freestyle event at the 1952 Olympic Games took place between 28 and 30 July at the Swimming Stadium.[1] This swimming event used freestyle swimming, which means that the method of the stroke is not regulated (unlike backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly events). Nearly all swimmers use the front crawl or a variant of that stroke. Because an Olympic-size swimming pool is 50 metres long, this race consisted of eight lengths of the pool.

MedalistsEdit

 
Left-right:Konno, Boiteux, Östrand
Gold Jean Boiteux
  France
Silver Ford Konno
  United States
Bronze Per-Olof Östrand
  Sweden

At the conclusion of the race, Boiteux's father jumped into the pool to congratulate his son.[2]

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Jack Wardrop   Great Britain 4:43.7
2 Yasuo Tanaka   Japan 4:44.3
3 Gotfryd Gremlowski   Poland 4:49.0
4 Jo Bernardo   France 4:53.5
5 Pentti Ikonen   Finland 4:55.7
6 Geoffrey Marks   Sri Lanka 5:15.2
7 Georg Mascetti   Saar 5:31.2

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Hironoshin Furuhashi   Japan 4:43.3
2 Viktor Drobinsky   Soviet Union 4:56.5
3 Neo Chwee Kok   Singapore 4:57.5
4 Eduardo Priggione   Uruguay 5:12.1
5 Walter Bardgett   Bermuda 5:18.0
6 Sonny Monteiro   Hong Kong 5:21.6

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Jimmy McLane   United States 4:46.5
2 Dennis Ford   South Africa 4:50.2
3 Allen Gilchrist   Canada 4:52.5
4 Enrique Granados   Spain 4:53.7
5 Federico Zwanck   Argentina 4:56.4
6 Ricardo Esperard   Brazil 5:09.5
7 Walter Schneider   Switzerland 5:27.3

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Jean Boiteux   France 4:45.1
2 Graham Johnston   South Africa 4:52.3
3 Anatoly Raznochintsev   Soviet Union 4:56.8
4 Peter Steinwender   Austria 5:03.6
5 Peter Head   Great Britain 5:04.2
6 Cheung Kin Man   Hong Kong 5:11.4

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 György Csordás   Hungary 4:45.7
2 Ford Konno   United States 4:47.9
3 Joris Tjebbes   Netherlands 4:54.4
4 Carlos Alberto Bonacich   Argentina 5:06.3
5 Per Olsen   Norway 5:08.6
6 Pentti Paatsalo   Finland 5:09.3
7 Robert Cook   Bermuda 5:15.4

Heat 6

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Per-Olof Östrand   Sweden 4:38.6
2 Gusztáv Kettesi   Hungary 4:53.0
3 Garrick Agnew   Australia 4:55.5
4 Roar Woldum   Norway 5:14.4
5 Einari Aalto   Finland 5:15.8

Heat 7

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Tetsuo Okamoto   Brazil 4:46.1
2 John Marshall   Australia 4:46.8
3 Gerry McNamee   Canada 4:53.5
4 Alfredo Yantorno   Argentina 4:54.5
5 Ronald Burns   Great Britain 4:55.2
6 Nguyễn Văn Phan   South Vietnam 5:36.5

Heat 8

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Wayne Moore   United States 4:43.2
2 Peter Duncan   South Africa 4:44.0
3 Yoshio Tanaka   Japan 4:54.0
4 Angelo Romani   Italy 5:05.1
5 René Million   France 5:07.0
6 Fernando Madeira   Portugal 5:08.6
7 Muhammad Ramzan   Pakistan 5:45.7

FinalEdit

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
  Jean Boiteux   France 4:30.7 OR
  Ford Konno   United States 4:31.3
  Per-Olof Östrand   Sweden 4:35.2
4 Peter Duncan   South Africa 4:37.9
5 Jack Wardrop   Great Britain 4:39.9
6 Wayne Moore   United States 4:40.1
7 Jimmy McLane   United States 4:40.3
8 Hironoshin Furuhashi   Japan 4:42.1

Key: OR = Olympic record

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games: Men's 400 metres Freestyle". Sports Reference. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  2. ^ Wallechinsky, David (1984). The Complete Book of the Olympics. England: Penguin Books. p. 398. ISBN 0140066322.