Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metre freestyle
|Men's 1500 metre freestyle|
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
|Venue||London Aquatics Centre|
|Dates||August 3, 2012 (heats)|
August 4, 2012 (final)
|Competitors||31 from 25 nations|
|Winning time||14:31.02 WR|
Shaking off a potential false start due to fan noise, China's Sun Yang put together a marvelous swim with a relentless attack on his world record to strike a long-distance freestyle double at the Olympic Games for the first time, since the Soviet Union's Vladimir Salnikov did so in 1980. Leading from the start, Sun quickly dropped two seconds under a world-record pace, as he pulled away further from the rest of the field to smash his own standard with a stunning gold-medal time in 14:31.02. Trailing behind the leader by 8.61 seconds on a dominant fashion, Canada's Ryan Cochrane held off a close battle from Tunisia's defending champion Oussama Mellouli for the silver in an American record of 14:39.63. Meanwhile, Mellouli faded down the stretch to pick up a bronze in 14:40.31, edging out of South Korea's Park Tae-hwan (14:50.61) by a wide margin of 10.3 seconds.
Italian teenager Gregorio Paltrinieri finished fifth in 14:51.92, while U.S. swimmer Connor Jaeger posted a sixth-place time of 14:52.99. Poland's Mateusz Sawrymowicz (14:54.32) and Great Britain's Daniel Fogg (15:00.76) rounded out a historic finale.
Notable swimmers missed the final including Jaeger's teammate Andrew Gemmell, Ukraine's Sergiy Frolov, Hungary's Gergő Kis, and British home favorite David Davies, bronze medalist in Athens eight years earlier.
At the start of this event, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Sun Yang (CHN)||14:34.14||Shanghai, China||31 July 2011|
|Olympic record||Grant Hackett (AUS)||14:38.92||Beijing, China||15 August 2008|
The following records were established during the competition:
|August 4||Final||Sun Yang||China||14:31.02||WR, OR|
|4||7||Park Tae-hwan||South Korea||14:50.61||NR|
|6||1||Connor Jaeger||United States||14:52.99|
|8||2||Daniel Fogg||Great Britain||15:00.76|
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