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400 metres Individual Medley, Men

Date9 – 10 August 2008
LocationBeijing Guojia Youyong Zhongxin, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants29 from 22 countries

This event was the first in Michael Phelps’ campaign for eight gold medals but, with the recent form of fellow American Ryan Lochte, not one where he was considered an overwhelming favourite. The event turned into the ultimate statement of intent for Phelps as he was simply a class apart from his rivals and obliterated the world record on his way to the gold medal. He has set the previous mark of 4:05.25 at the US trials in June 2008 but in Beijing he brought the time down to 4:03.84 and finished over two seconds ahead of László Cseh, Jr. with Lochte back in third.

1Michael PhelpsUSA4:07.82 (1 h4)4:03.84 (1)Gold
2László Cseh, Jr.HUN4:09.26 (1 h2)4:06.16 (2)Silver
3Ryan LochteUSA4:10.33 (1 h3)4:08.09 (3)Bronze
4Alessio BoggiattoITA4:10.68 (2 h2)4:12.16 (4)
5Luca MarinITA4:10.22 (2 h4)4:12.47 (5)
6Gergő KisHUN4:10.66 (3 h4)4:12.84 (6)
7Brian JohnsCAN4:11.41 (2 h3)4:13.38 (7)
8Thiago PereiraBRA4:11.74 (3 h3)4:15.40 (8)
9Keith BeaversCAN4:12.75 (4 h4)
10Bradley AllyBAR4:14.01 (3 h2)
11Gal NevoISR4:14.03 (4 h2)
12Riaan SchoemanRSA4:14.09 (4 h3)
13Andrey KrylovRUS4:14.55 (5 h3)
14Travis NederpeltAUS4:15.37 (5 h4)
15Dinko JukicAUT4:15.48 (5 h2)
16Aleksandr TikhonovRUS4:16.49 (6 h2)
17Tom HaffieldGBR4:16.72 (7 h2)
18Vasilis DemetisGRE4:18.40 (8 h2)
19Euan DaleGBR4:18.60 (6 h3)
20Vadym LepskyiUKR4:20.96 (6 h4)
21Omar PinzónCOL4:22.31 (7 h3)
22Pierre HenriFRA4:22.41 (7 h4)
23Nikša RokiCRO4:22.44 (1 h1)
24Javier NúñezESP4:22.69 (8 h3)
25Romanos AlyfantisGRE4:23.41 (8 h4)
26Dmitry GordiyenkoKAZ4:25.20 (2 h1)
27Vasily DanilovKGZ4:29.20 (3 h1)
28Deniz NazarTUR4:30.80 (4 h1)
29Hocine HacianeAND4:32.00 (5 h1)

Round One (9 August 2008)

Fastest eight swimmers advanced to final

Heat One (18:33)

14Nikša RokiCRO4:22.440.68
26Dmitry GordiyenkoKAZ4:25.200.81
32Vasily DanilovKGZ4:29.200.77
43Deniz NazarTUR4:30.800.91
55Hocine HacianeAND4:32.000.83

Heat Two (18:39)

14László Cseh, Jr.HUN4:09.260.78Q
23Alessio BoggiattoITA4:10.680.82Q
31Bradley AllyBAR4:14.010.69
48Gal NevoISR4:14.030.64
52Dinko JukicAUT4:15.480.74
67Aleksandr TikhonovRUS4:16.490.83
75Tom HaffieldGBR4:16.720.79
86Vasilis DemetisGRE4:18.400.77

Heat Three (18:44)

14Ryan LochteUSA4:10.330.70Q
27Brian JohnsCAN4:11.410.82Q
35Thiago PereiraBRA4:11.740.75Q
43Riaan SchoemanRSA4:14.090.73
51Andrey KrylovRUS4:14.550.75
66Euan DaleGBR4:18.600.71
78Omar PinzónCOL4:22.310.63
82Javier NúñezESP4:22.690.89

Heat Four (18:50)

14Michael PhelpsUSA4:07.820.75QOR
25Luca MarinITA4:10.220.85Q
33Gergő KisHUN4:10.660.88Q
42Keith BeaversCAN4:12.750.72
56Travis NederpeltAUS4:15.370.77
68Vadym LepskyiUKR4:20.960.79
77Pierre HenriFRA4:22.410.75
81Romanos AlyfantisGRE4:23.410.79

Final (10 August 2008 — 10:04)

14Michael PhelpsUSA4:03.840.74WR
25László Cseh, Jr.HUN4:06.160.76
36Ryan LochteUSA4:08.090.71
47Alessio BoggiattoITA4:12.160.71
53Luca MarinITA4:12.470.91
62Gergő KisHUN4:12.840.84
71Brian JohnsCAN4:13.380.83
88Thiago PereiraBRA4:15.400.72