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Swimming at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metre freestyle

The men's 400 metre freestyle event at the 1956 Olympic Games took place between December 1 and 4.[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

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Five heats were held; the swimmers with the fastest eight times advanced to the Finals. The swimmers that advanced are highlighted.

Heat OneEdit

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 Kevin O'Halloran Australia 4:36.9
2 Koji Nonoshita Japan 4:37.4
3 Angelo Romani Italy 4:37.6
4 Bill Woolsey United States 4:38.2
5 Silvio dos Santos Brazil 4:48.8
6 Ulfiano Babol Philippines 4:53.4
7 Wan Shiu Ming Hong Kong 5:02.6

Heat TwoEdit

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 Jack Wardrop Great Britain 4:39.8
2 Tony Briscoe South Africa 4:41.4
3 George Onekea United States 4:41.6
4 Hans Köhler Germany 4:43.5
5 Habib Nasution Indonesia 4:44.0
6 Per-Olof Östrand Sweden 4:45.9
7 Gilberto Martínez Colombia 4:51.4
8 Raúl Martín Cuba 4:58.2

Heat ThreeEdit

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 George Breen United States 4:35.7
2 Peter Duncan South Africa 4:46.7
3 Karri Käyhkö Finland 4:49.6
4 Yoshiro Noda Japan 4:49.9
5 Guy Montserrat France 4:52.6

Heat FourEdit

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 Gary Winram Australia 4:34.5
2 Jean Boiteux France 4:37.9
3 William Slater Canada 4:40.4
4 Neil McKechnie Great Britain 4:42.6
5 Boris Nik'it'ini Soviet Union 4:42.8
6 Billy Steuart South Africa 4:43.0
7 Bana Sailani Philippines 4:49.0

Heat FiveEdit

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 Murray Rose Australia 4:31.7
2 Tsuyoshi Yamanaka Japan 4:31.8
3 Hans Zierold Germany 4:35.7
4 Jenő Áts Hungary 4:47.6
5 Jacques Collignon France 4:49.3

FinalEdit

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
  Murray Rose   Australia 4:27.3 WR
  Tsuyoshi Yamanaka   Japan 4:30.4
  George Breen   United States 4:32.5
4 Kevin O'Halloran   Australia 4:32.9
5 Hans Zierold   United Team of Germany 4:34.6
6 Gary Winram   Australia 4:34.9
7 Koji Nonoshita   Japan 4:38.2
8 Angelo Romani   Italy 4:41.7

Key: WR = World record

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games: Men's 400 metres Freestyle". Sports Reference. Retrieved 17 September 2016.