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Swimming at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metre freestyle

The men's 1500 metre freestyle event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place on 12–13 August at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.[1]

Men's 1500 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
Venue Olympic Aquatics Stadium
Dates 12 August 2016 (heats)
13 August 2016 (final)
Competitors 46 from 32 nations
Winning time 14:34.57
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Gregorio Paltrinieri  Italy
2nd, silver medalist(s) Connor Jaeger  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Gabriele Detti  Italy
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Italian swimmer and 2015 world champion Gregorio Paltrinieri outlasted the field on the closing stages to become his country's first ever Olympic champion in the program's longest pool race. Strengthening his lead from start to finish, Paltrinieri headed into the 1,400-metre turn under a world-record pace, but fell off towards the end for the gold medal in 14:34.57.[2][3] U.S. distance ace Connor Jaeger overhauled the sub-14:40 barrier with an American record of 14:39.48 for the silver.[4] Meanwhile, Paltrinieri's countryman Gabriele Detti gave the Italians a further reason to celebrate, as he powered home with a bronze in 14:40.86, overtaking the American challenger Jordan Wilimovsky (14:45.03) by almost five seconds.[5][6]

Australia's Mack Horton, who claimed the 400 m freestyle title on night one, picked up the fifth spot with a 14:49.54 to hold off a sprint race from Canada's Ryan Cochrane (14:49.61), two-time medalist in this event, by seven hundredths of a second.[7][8] France's Damien Joly finished seventh in 14:52.73, with Norway's Henrik Christiansen (15:02.66) rounding out the top eight field.[5]

China's world-record holder Sun Yang missed a chance to defend his Olympic title in this event, after posting the sixteenth fastest time (15:01.97) in the preliminary competition.[9][10] Meanwhile, Tunisian swimmer and Beijing 2008 champion Oussama Mellouli failed to advance to the top eight final with a twenty-first place finish in his fifth Olympic appearance.[11]

Contents

RecordsEdit

World record   Sun Yang (CHN) 14:31.02 London, United Kingdom 4 August 2012
Olympic record   Sun Yang (CHN) 14:31.02 London, United Kingdom 4 August 2012

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 4 Gregorio Paltrinieri   Italy 14:44.51 Q
2 6 5 Connor Jaeger   United States 14:45.74 Q
3 5 3 Jordan Wilimovsky   United States 14:48.23 Q
4 5 4 Mack Horton   Australia 14:48.57 Q
5 5 5 Gabriele Detti   Italy 14:48.68 Q
6 5 8 Damien Joly   France 14:48.90 Q, NR
7 5 6 Ryan Cochrane   Canada 14:53.44 Q
8 5 2 Henrik Christiansen   Norway 14:55.40 Q, NR
9 6 3 Jack McLoughlin   Australia 14:56.02
10 6 1 Stephen Milne   Great Britain 14:57.23
11 6 2 Ahmed Akram   Egypt 14:58.37
12 4 3 Jan Micka   Czech Republic 14:58.69
13 2 4 Ilya Druzhinin   Russia 14:59.56
14 4 1 Yaroslav Potapov   Russia 15:00.99
15 6 6 Mykhailo Romanchuk   Ukraine 15:01.35
16 5 7 Sun Yang   China 15:01.97
17 4 7 Serhiy Frolov   Ukraine 15:04.61
18 3 5 Anton Ipsen   Denmark 15:05.91
19 6 7 Gergely Gyurta   Hungary 15:06.24
20 4 4 Qiu Ziao   China 15:06.71
21 1 4 Oussama Mellouli   Tunisia 15:07.78
22 2 6 Marcelo Acosta   El Salvador 15:08.17 NR
23 3 2 Esteban Enderica   Ecuador 15:10.15
24 3 7 Marc Sánchez   Spain 15:11.38
25 2 2 Ricardo Vargas   Mexico 15:11.53 NR
26 3 3 Antonio Arroyo   Spain 15:12.61
27 5 1 Timothy Shuttleworth   Great Britain 15:13.01
28 4 6 Wojciech Wojdak   Poland 15:13.18
29 2 3 Brandonn Almeida   Brazil 15:14.73
30 4 5 Pál Joensen   Denmark 15:18.49
31 2 1 Miguel Valente   Brazil 15:22.57
32 6 8 Florian Wellbrock   Germany 15:23.88
33 3 6 Mateusz Sawrymowicz   Poland 15:26.33
34 4 8 Richárd Nagy   Slovakia 15:26.48
35 2 5 Kristóf Rasovszky   Hungary 15:29.36
36 2 8 Martin Bau   Slovenia 15:29.95
37 1 5 Mihajlo Čeprkalo   Bosnia and Herzegovina 15:31.62
38 1 3 Matthew Hutchins   New Zealand 15:32.60
39 1 6 Welson Sim   Malaysia 15:32.63
40 3 4 Nicolas D'Oriano   France 15:33.62
41 3 1 Matthew Meyer   South Africa 15:36.22
42 4 2 Felix Auböck   Austria 15:36.24
43 2 7 Martín Naidich   Argentina 15:39.93
44 1 2 Wesley Roberts   Cook Islands 15:44.32
45 1 7 Felipe Tapia   Chile 16:02.44
46 3 8 Park Tae-hwan   South Korea DNS

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  4 Gregorio Paltrinieri   Italy 14:34.57
  5 Connor Jaeger   United States 14:39.48 AM
  2 Gabriele Detti   Italy 14:40.86
4 3 Jordan Wilimovsky   United States 14:45.03
5 6 Mack Horton   Australia 14:49.54
6 1 Ryan Cochrane   Canada 14:49.61
7 7 Damien Joly   France 14:52.73
8 8 Henrik Christiansen   Norway 15:02.66

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ Bendeich, Mark; Trevelyan, Mark (13 August 2016). "Swimming: Paltrinieri turns 1,500m freestyle into race for silver". Reuters. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "Italians win gold, bronze in 1500m freestyle; Jaeger takes silver". NBC Olympics. 13 August 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Gregorio Paltrinieri Outlasts Competition For Italy's First Ever 1500 Free Gold Medal". Swimming World Magazine. 13 August 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  6. ^ Hine, Chris (13 August 2016). "Northwestern's Jordan Wilimovsky finishes 4th in 1500 free". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  7. ^ Thomsen, Simon; Colgan, Paul (14 August 2016). "Italy wins its first 1500 freestyle gold, as Mack Horton fades to fifth". Business Insider. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  8. ^ Robertson, Grant (13 August 2016). "Ryan Cochrane denied medal in 1,500-metre freestyle with sixth-place finish". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  9. ^ Trevelyan, Mark (13 August 2016). "Swimming: Paltrinieri fastest in 1,500m heats, surprised by Sun Yang exit". Reuters. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "Gregorio Paltrinieri Leads 1500 Prelims; Sun Yang Misses Finals". Swimming World Magazine. 13 August 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  11. ^ "Sun Yang won't defend Olympic 1,500 free title in the pool". USA Today. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  12. ^ a b Tucker, Jim (5 August 2012). "Sun Yang smashes 1500m freestyle world record at London Olympics". The Daily Telegraph (Sydney). Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
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