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1,500 metres Freestyle, Men

Date13 – 15 August 1936
LocationSchwimmstadion, Reichssportfeld, Berlin
Participants21 from 10 countries

For the second Olympics in succession, this event was dominated by the two powerhouses of men’s swimming, the United States and Japan. The main adversaries from the 400 metres Jack Medica and Shumpei Uto again had a dramatic personal duel but this time it was for second place and the silver medal. The winner was a nineteen year old university student from Japan, Noboru Terada. Terada went out hard from the start and never came under pressure from the other finalists. He was a half a length ahead at the finish. Medica, after having been out of the medals early on in the race, edged ahead of Uto with just over 100m to go.

1Noboru TeradaJPN19:55.5 (=1 h2)19:48.6 (1 h1)19:13.7 (1)Gold
2Jack MedicaUSA19:55.5 (=1 h2)19:42.8 (1 h2)19:34.0 (2)Silver
3Shunpei UtoJPN19:48.3 (1 h3)19:55.6 (3 h2)19:34.5 (3)Bronze
4Sunao IshiharadaJPN19:55.8 (1 h1)19:53.9 (2 h2)19:48.5 (4)
5Ralph FlanaganUSA19:49.9 (2 h3)19:59.4 (2 h1)19:54.8 (5)
6Bobby LeiversGBR20:04.4 (2 h1)20:10.0 (3 h1)19:57.4 (6)
7Heinz ArendtGER20:10.7 (3 h1)19:56.1 (4 h2)19:59.0 (7)
4 h1 r2/3Jim CristyUSA20:26.5 (1 h4)20:25.8 (4 h1)
5 h1 r2/3Hans FreeseGER20:13.7 (3 h3)20:27.6 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3Norman WainwrightGBR20:47.6 (2 h4)20:14.4 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/3Otto PrzywaraGER20:59.0 (3 h4)20:55.0 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3Bob PirieCAN20:16.4 (4 h1)20:17.3 (6 h2)
7 h1 r2/3Jørgen JørgensenDEN21:42.0 (3 h2)21:46.3 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/3Christian TalliFRA21:03.0 (4 h3)21:09.8 (7 h2)
4 h2 r1/3Robert HooperCAN21:47.4 (4 h2)
4 h4 r1/3Edmund PaderAUT21:13.9 (4 h4)
5 h1 r1/3Manoel VillarBRA21:49.9 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/3João HavelangeBRA22:54.1 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/3Bob HamertonCAN21:05.5 (5 h3)
6 h1 r1/3István AngyalHUN– (6 h1)
6 h3 r1/3Aage HellstrømDEN21:16.9 (6 h3)
DNSKurt PatuzziAUT– (DNS h1)
DNSJorge BerroetaCHI– (DNS h4)
DNSWashington GuzmánCHI– (DNS h2)
DNSQadri MahmudEGY– (DNS h1)
DNSÖdön GrófHUN– (DNS h2)
DNSÁrpád LengyelHUN– (DNS h4)
DNSMaximino GarcíaURU– (DNS h3)

Round One (13 August 1936 — 11:15)

Top three in each heat and the next two fastest advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

12Sunao IshiharadaJPN19:55.8Q
24Bobby LeiversGBR20:04.4Q
35Heinz ArendtGER20:10.7Q
47Bob PirieCAN20:16.4q
51Manoel VillarBRA21:49.9
68István AngyalHUN
DNS3Qadri MahmudEGY
DNS6Kurt PatuzziAUT

Heat Two

=12Jack MedicaUSA19:55.5Q
=13Noboru TeradaJPN19:55.5Q
34Jørgen JørgensenDEN21:42.0Q
46Robert HooperCAN21:47.4
51João HavelangeBRA22:54.1
DNS7Washington GuzmánCHI
DNS5Ödön GrófHUN

Heat Three

16Shunpei UtoJPN19:48.3Q
21Ralph FlanaganUSA19:49.9Q
34Hans FreeseGER20:13.7Q
47Christian TalliFRA21:03.0q
52Bob HamertonCAN21:05.5
65Aage HellstrømDEN21:16.9
DNS3Maximino GarcíaURU

Heat Four

16Jim CristyUSA20:26.5Q
21Norman WainwrightGBR20:47.6Q1
37Otto PrzywaraGER20:59.0Q
44Edmund PaderAUT21:13.9
DNS3Jorge BerroetaCHI
DNS2Árpád LengyelHUN

Semi-Finals (14 August 1936 — 15:30)

Top three in each heat and the fastest fourth-place advanced to the final.

Heat One

12Noboru TeradaJPN19:48.6Q
21Ralph FlanaganUSA19:59.4Q
33Bobby LeiversGBR20:10.0Q
45Jim CristyUSA20:25.8
57Hans FreeseGER20:27.6
66Otto PrzywaraGER20:55.0
74Jørgen JørgensenDEN21:46.3

Heat Two

17Jack MedicaUSA19:42.8Q
24Sunao IshiharadaJPN19:53.9Q
33Shunpei UtoJPN19:55.6Q
42Heinz ArendtGER19:56.1q
56Norman WainwrightGBR20:14.4
65Bob PirieCAN20:17.3
71Christian TalliFRA21:09.8

Final (15 August 1936 — 16:10)

14Noboru TeradaJPN19:13.7
22Jack MedicaUSA19:34.0
33Shunpei UtoJPN19:34.5
41Sunao IshiharadaJPN19:48.5
56Ralph FlanaganUSA19:54.8
67Bobby LeiversGBR19:57.4
75Heinz ArendtGER19:59.0