Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metre freestyle
|Men's 1500m freestyle|
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
|Venue||Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre|
|Dates||August 20, 2004 (heats)|
August 21, 2004 (final)
|Competitors||34 from 28 nations|
|Winning time||14:43.40 OR|
Australian swimmer and world record holder Grant Hackett became the third swimmer in history to defend the title in this event, breaking an Olympic record time of 14:43.40. U.S. swimmer Larsen Jensen set an American record time of 14:45.29 to take the silver. Great Britain's David Davies, on the other hand, fought off a challenge from Russia's Yuri Prilukov in the final lap to earn a bronze medal by a 7-second margin, with a national record of 14:45.95.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:
|World record||Grant Hackett (AUS)||14:34.56||Fukuoka, Japan||29 July 2001|
|Olympic record||Kieren Perkins (AUS)||14:43.48||Barcelona, Spain||31 July 1992|
The following records were established during the competition:
|21 August||Final||Grant Hackett||Australia||14:43.40||OR|
|6||Larsen Jensen||United States||14:45.29||NR|
|4||David Davies||Great Britain||14:45.95||NR|
|6||1||Graeme Smith||Great Britain||15:09.71|
- "Swimming schedule". BBC Sport. 5 August 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2007.
- Whitten, Phillip (21 August 2004). "Hackett Sets Olympic Record in 1500, Just Nips Jensen, Davies". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 27 March 2013.