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Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metre freestyle

The men's 1500 metre freestyle event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 15 and 17 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Men's 1500 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueBeijing National Aquatics Center
DateAugust 15, 2008 (heats)
August 17, 2008 (final)
Competitors37 from 29 nations
Winning time14:40.84 AF
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Oussama Mellouli  Tunisia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Grant Hackett  Australia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ryan Cochrane  Canada
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Competing at his third Games, Oussama Mellouli made an Olympic milestone to become Tunisia's first ever gold medalist in 48 years. He denied Australia's Grant Hackett a third straight title in the event, touching the wall first in an African record of 14:40.84. Hanging with the leaders through the first two-thirds of the race, Mellouli moved into the lead at the 1,100-metre mark, and held off Hackett's sprinted finish on the final lap. This was also a retribution for Mellouli, who served an 18-month doping ban from FINA for using the banned stimulant Adderall.[2][3][4]

Trying to become the first male swimmer to win three gold medals in the same event, Hackett collected a silver in 14:41.53.[5] Meanwhile, Canada's Ryan Cochrane powered home with a bronze in 14:42.69, finishing ahead of Russia's Yuri Prilukov (14:43.21). U.S. swimmer Larsen Jensen, silver medalist in Athens four years earlier, placed fifth with a time 14:48.16, and was followed in the sixth spot by Great Britain's David Davies in 14:52.11.[3][6] Chinese duo Zhang Lin (14:55.20) and Sun Yang (15:05.12) rounded out the finale.[4]

Earlier in the prelims, Cochrane established a new Olympic record of 14:40.84 in heat three, until Hackett cleared the 14:40 barrier, and lowered the record to 14:38.92 in the final heat of five.[7]

RecordsEdit

 
Grant Hackett was the world record holder and aiming to be the first male to complete a hat-trick in swimming events.

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   Grant Hackett (AUS) 14:43.40 Athens, Greece 21 August 2004

The following new Olympic records were set during this competition.

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 15 Heat 3 Ryan Cochrane   Canada 14:40.84 OR
August 15 Heat 5 Grant Hackett   Australia 14:38.92 OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 5 Grant Hackett   Australia 14:38.92 Q, OR
2 3 5 Ryan Cochrane   Canada 14:40.84 Q, AM
3 3 4 Yuri Prilukov   Russia 14:41.13 Q, EU
4 5 6 Zhang Lin   China 14:45.84 Q, AS
5 3 3 David Davies   Great Britain 14:46.11 Q
6 4 6 Oussama Mellouli   Tunisia 14:47.76 Q
7 4 2 Sun Yang   China 14:48.39 Q
8 5 3 Larsen Jensen   United States 14:49.53 Q
9 4 4 Mateusz Sawrymowicz   Poland 14:50.30
10 4 5 Federico Colbertaldo   Italy 14:51.44
11 5 4 Peter Vanderkaay   United States 14:52.11
12 5 1 Spyridon Gianniotis   Greece 14:53.32 NR
13 2 3 Nicolas Rostoucher   France 15:00.58
14 2 5 Mads Glæsner   Denmark 15:03.33
15 4 3 Craig Stevens   Australia 15:04.82
16 3 6 Park Tae-Hwan   South Korea 15:05.55
17 4 7 Samuel Pizzetti   Italy 15:07.02
18 3 7 Takeshi Matsuda   Japan 15:09.17
19 5 8 Gergő Kis   Hungary 15:09.67
20 2 2 Tom Vangeneugden   Belgium 15:11.04 NR
21 1 5 Florian Janistyn   Austria 15:12.46 NR
22 5 7 Troyden Prinsloo   South Africa 15:12.64
23 3 1 Sergey Fesenko   Ukraine 15:13.03
24 2 4 Maciej Hreniak   Poland 15:16.16
25 3 8 Richard Charlesworth   Great Britain 15:17.27
26 4 8 Marcos Rivera   Spain 15:18.98
27 3 2 Sébastien Rouault   France 15:21.14
28 2 1 Dragoș Coman   Romania 15:24.05
29 2 7 Fernando Costa   Portugal 15:26.21
30 1 3 Petar Stoychev   Bulgaria 15:28.84
31 5 2 Nikita Lobintsev   Russia 15:35.47
32 1 6 Ryan Arabejo   Philippines 15:42.77
33 2 8 Ricardo Monasterio   Venezuela 15:45.98
34 1 4 Juan Martín Pereyra   Argentina 15:49.57
35 1 2 Ediz Yildirimer   Turkey 16:28.79
2 6 Christian Kubusch   Germany DNS
4 1 Luka Turk   Slovenia DNS

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  7 Oussama Mellouli   Tunisia 14:40.84 AF
  4 Grant Hackett   Australia 14:41.53
  5 Ryan Cochrane   Canada 14:42.69
4 3 Yuri Prilukov   Russia 14:43.21
5 8 Larsen Jensen   United States 14:48.16
6 2 David Davies   Great Britain 14:52.11
7 6 Zhang Lin   China 14:55.20
8 1 Sun Yang   China 15:05.12

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Mellouli shatters Hackett's hat-trick bid". South China Morning Post. 17 August 2008. Archived from the original on 16 June 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Mellouli claims 1500m swim gold". BBC Sport. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  4. ^ a b Lohn, John (16 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Ous Mellouli Claims Olympic Gold for Tunisia in Men's 1500 Free". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 28 June 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  5. ^ Colman, Mike (17 August 2008). "Grant Hackett gives his all for silver medal in 1500m". The Australian. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  6. ^ Goffa, Debbie (17 August 2008). "Larsen Jensen places 5th in 1500m freestyle". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  7. ^ Lohn, John (15 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Grant Hackett Leads 1500 Free Qualifying With Olympic Standard". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 2 May 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Hackett shatters world record". BBC News. 29 July 2001. Retrieved 6 August 2008.

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