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Swimming at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metre freestyle

The men's 400 metre freestyle event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place on 6 August at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.[1]

Men's 400 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
Venue Olympic Aquatics Stadium
Dates 6 August 2016 (heats & final)
Competitors 50 from 39 nations
Winning time 3:41.55
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Mack Horton  Australia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Sun Yang  China
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Gabriele Detti  Italy
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China's Sun Yang fell short of his attempt to a back-to-back gold in one of the program's long-distance freestyle races due to an upset performance from Australia's Mack Horton. Heading into the final lap with a narrow 0.14-second lead, Horton managed to hold off the fast-charging Sun towards the finish for his first individual gold medal in 3:41.55.[2] Unable to catch his Aussie rival near the wall by 13-hundredths of a second, Sun settled for the silver in 3:41.68. Meanwhile, Gabriele Detti picked up the bronze with a time of 3:43.49 to become Italy's first male Olympic medalist in swimming since 2000.[3]

Conor Dwyer (3:44.01), the fastest swimmer headed into the final, and fellow American Connor Jaeger (3:44.16) finished off the podium in fourth and fifth respectively, separated by a 0.15-second margin.[4] Great Britain's James Guy led the pack towards the halfway mark under a world record pace, but faded to sixth in 3:44.68. Horton's teammate David McKeon (3:45.28) and France's Jordan Pothain (3:49.07) rounded out the field.[3]

South Korean swimmer and Beijing 2008 champion Park Tae-hwan, as well as Canada's long distance ace Ryan Cochrane, did not advance to the final, finishing tenth and eleventh in the prelims.[5]

Contents

RecordsEdit

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record   Paul Biedermann (GER) 3:40.07 Rome, Italy 26 July 2009
Olympic record   Sun Yang (CHN) 3:40.14 London, Great Britain 28 July 2012

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

The heats began at 1:48 pm.[8]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 7 2 Dwyer, ConorConor Dwyer   United States 3:43.42 Q
2 7 4 Horton, MackMack Horton   Australia 3:43.84 Q
3 7 3 Detti, GabrieleGabriele Detti   Italy 3:43.95 Q
4 6 4 Sun Yang   China 3:44.23 Q
5 7 6 McKeon, DavidDavid McKeon   Australia 3:44.68 Q
6 7 5 Guy, JamesJames Guy   Great Britain 3:45.31 Q
7 6 5 Jaeger, ConnorConnor Jaeger   United States 3:45.37 Q
8 5 7 Pothain, JordanJordan Pothain   France 3:45.43 Q
9 6 2 Vogel, FlorianFlorian Vogel   Germany 3:45.49
10 6 3 Park Tae-hwan   South Korea 3:45.63
11 6 6 Cochrane, RyanRyan Cochrane   Canada 3:45.83
12 5 1 Brown, MylesMyles Brown   South Africa 3:45.92
13 7 1 Milne, StephenStephen Milne   Great Britain 3:46.00
14 7 8 Stjepanović, VelimirVelimir Stjepanović   Serbia 3:46.78
15 5 4 Krasnykh, AleksandrAleksandr Krasnykh   Russia 3:47.39
16 4 5 El-Kamash, MarwanMarwan El-Kamash   Egypt 3:47.43
17 6 7 Christiansen, HenrikHenrik Christiansen   Norway 3:47.90
18 5 5 Brzoskowski, MaartenMaarten Brzoskowski   Netherlands 3:48.00
19 4 2 Hutchins, MatthewMatthew Hutchins   New Zealand 3:48.25
20 4 3 Ipsen, AntonAnton Ipsen   Denmark 3:48.31
21 7 7 Bernek, PéterPéter Bernek   Hungary 3:48.58
22 3 8 Acosta, MarceloMarcelo Acosta   El Salvador 3:48.82
23 6 1 Wojdak, WojciechWojciech Wojdak   Poland 3:48.87
24 5 3 Rapp, ClemensClemens Rapp   Germany 3:49.10
25 6 8 Auböck, FelixFelix Auböck   Austria 3:49.35
26 5 8 Qiu Ziao   China 3:49.45
27 4 4 Akram, AhmedAhmed Akram   Egypt 3:49.46
28 5 2 Zaborowski, FilipFilip Zaborowski   Poland 3:49.84
29 4 1 Micka, JanJan Micka   Czech Republic 3:49.97
30 4 8 Andrusenko, VyacheslavVyacheslav Andrusenko   Russia 3:50.23
31 5 6 Ehara, NaitoNaito Ehara   Japan 3:50.61
32 3 2 Melo, Luiz AltamirLuiz Altamir Melo   Brazil 3:50.82
33 2 3 Quintero, CristianCristian Quintero   Venezuela 3:50.84
34 3 7 Sim, WelsonWelson Sim   Malaysia 3:51.57
35 2 4 Mathlouthi, AhmedAhmed Mathlouthi   Tunisia 3:52.00
36 4 6 Glæsner, MadsMads Glæsner   Denmark 3:52.59
37 4 7 Durán, MiguelMiguel Durán   Spain 3:53.40 ƒ
38 3 5 Kis, GergőGergő Kis   Hungary 3:54.15
39 2 5 Naidich, MartínMartín Naidich   Argentina 3:54.58
40 3 6 Brandl, DavidDavid Brandl   Austria 3:54.59
41 3 1 Dimitriou, DimitriosDimitrios Dimitriou   Greece 3:54.98
42 3 4 Koski, MatiasMatias Koski   Finland 3:55.57
43 3 3 Karap, NezirNezir Karap   Turkey 3:58.37
44 2 7 Sobers, AlexAlex Sobers   Barbados 3:59.97
45 2 2 Revishvili, IrakliIrakli Revishvili   Georgia 4:00.56
46 2 6 Lacuna, JessieJessie Lacuna   Philippines 4:01.70
47 2 1 Hadjiconstantinou, IacovosIacovos Hadjiconstantinou   Cyprus 4:03.53
48 1 4 Butler, GeoffreyGeoffrey Butler   Cayman Islands 4:07.87
49 1 5 Arias, PolPol Arias   Andorra 4:21.16
50 1 3 Bandey, HarisHaris Bandey   Pakistan 4:33.13

ƒ False start, but allowed to continue at referee's discretion.[9]

FinalEdit

The final began at 10:30 pm.[10]

 
Medal ceremony for the 400 m freestyle.
Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  5 Horton, MackMack Horton   Australia 3:41.55
  6 Sun Yang   China 3:41.68
  3 Detti, GabrieleGabriele Detti   Italy 3:43.49
4 4 Dwyer, ConorConor Dwyer   United States 3:44.01
5 1 Jaeger, ConnorConnor Jaeger   United States 3:44.16
6 7 Guy, JamesJames Guy   Great Britain 3:44.68
7 2 McKeon, DavidDavid McKeon   Australia 3:45.28
8 8 Pothain, JordanJordan Pothain   France 3:49.07

ReferencesEdit