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1,500 metres Freestyle, Men

Date3 – 4 August 2012
LocationLondon Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants31 from 25 countries

China’s Sun Yang was heavily favored, having won World titles in 2011 in the 800 and 1,500 metres. His 2011 championship in this event was done in the world record time of 14:34.14. Coming into this event he had already won a gold medal in London in the 400 metres. He qualified easily in this event but then in the final strangely jumped into the water ahead of the signal, but what seemed to be a false start was waved off as due to crowd noise. On the second start he moved into the lead early and was never challenged. At 400 metres he was 1.23 seconds ahead of his world record split from the Shanghai Worlds. At 1,000 metres Sun was over five seconds ahead of Canadian Ryan Cochrane, the 2008 bronze medalist, with the defending champion, Oussama Mellouli, who was fighting off a shoulder injury, moving into third place. Park Tae-Hwan, the Korean gold medalist at 400 metres in 2008, and runner-up in that event to Sun in London, was also close to a medal position.

But the race belonged only to Sun. He did not slow at all, finishing in 14:31.02 to easily better his own world record and win the gold medal by over eight seconds, as Cochrane came in second in 14:39.63, with Mellouli winning a second consecutive medal in the event in 14:40.31. Park had nothing left, and dropped well back of Mellouli, but still finished fourth. Mellouli would come back in a few days and win the 10 km open-water swim, the first ever swimmer to win gold medals both in the pool and open-water. Sun’s win made him the seventh swimmer to win both the 400 and 1,500 metre freestyles at one Games.

1Sun YangCHN14:43.25 (1 h4)14:31.02 (1)Gold
2Ryan CochraneCAN14:49.31 (1 h3)14:39.63 (2)Silver
3Oussama MellouliTUN14:46.23 (2 h4)14:40.31 (3)Bronze
4Park Tae-HwanKOR14:56.89 (2 h3)14:50.61 (4)
5Gregorio PaltrinieriITA14:50.11 (1 h2)14:51.92 (5)
6Connor JaegerUSA14:57.56 (3 h3)14:52.99 (6)
7Mateusz SawrymowiczPOL14:57.59 (3 h2)14:54.32 (7)
8Daniel FoggGBR14:56.12 (2 h2)15:00.76 (8)
9Andrew GemmellUSA14:59.05 (3 h4)
10Serhiy FrolovUKR14:59.19 (4 h4)
11Job KienhuisNED15:03.16 (5 h4)
12Gergely GyurtaHUN15:04.22 (4 h3)
13Gabriele DettiITA15:06.22 (4 h2)
14Damien JolyFRA15:08.50 (5 h3)
15Dai JunCHN15:13.90 (6 h3)
16Dave DaviesGBR15:14.77 (7 h3)
17Pál JoensenDEN15:18.42 (6 h4)
18Jarrod PoortAUS15:20.82 (7 h4)
19Gergő KisHUN15:21.74 (5 h2)
20Anthony PannierFRA15:24.08 (8 h4)
21Heerden HermanRSA15:25.71 (6 h2)
22Arturo Pérez VerttiMEX15:25.91 (1 h1)
23Alejandro GómezVEN15:27.38 (7 h2)
24Jan MickaCZE15:29.34 (2 h1)
25Anton McKeeISL15:29.40 (3 h1)
26Ediz YıldırımerTUR15:29.97 (4 h1)
27Matias KoskiFIN15:34.80 (8 h2)
28Ventsislav AydarskiBUL15:34.86 (5 h1)
29Juan Martín PereyraARG15:36.72 (8 h3)
30Uladzimir ZhyharauBLR15:48.67 (6 h1)
31Gagan UllalmathIND16:31.14 (7 h1)

Round One (3 August 2012 — 10:24)

Fastest eight swimmers advanced to final

Heat One (10:24)

14Arturo Pérez VerttiMEX15:25.910.80
27Jan MickaCZE15:29.340.77
36Anton McKeeISL15:29.400.74
45Ediz YıldırımerTUR15:29.970.66
53Ventsislav AydarskiBUL15:34.860.80
62Uladzimir ZhyharauBLR15:48.670.78
71Gagan UllalmathIND16:31.140.95

Heat Two (10:42)

15Gregorio PaltrinieriITA14:50.110.78Q
23Daniel FoggGBR14:56.120.73Q
36Mateusz SawrymowiczPOL14:57.590.75Q
42Gabriele DettiITA15:06.220.79
54Gergő KisHUN15:21.740.74
67Heerden HermanRSA15:25.710.74
78Alejandro GómezVEN15:27.380.78
81Matias KoskiFIN15:34.800.72

Heat Three (10:59)

14Ryan CochraneCAN14:49.310.78Q
25Park Tae-HwanKOR14:56.890.67Q
33Connor JaegerUSA14:57.560.74Q
47Gergely GyurtaHUN15:04.220.75
52Damien JolyFRA15:08.500.72
61Dai JunCHN15:13.900.68
76Dave DaviesGBR15:14.770.79
88Juan Martín PereyraARG15:36.720.79

Heat Four (11:16)

14Sun YangCHN14:43.250.75Q
27Oussama MellouliTUN14:46.230.88Q
33Andrew GemmellUSA14:59.050.73
41Serhiy FrolovUKR14:59.190.83
56Job KienhuisNED15:03.160.86
65Pál JoensenDEN15:18.420.67
78Jarrod PoortAUS15:20.820.72
82Anthony PannierFRA15:24.080.79

Final (4 August 2012 — 19:36)

14Sun YangCHN14:31.020.80WR
23Ryan CochraneCAN14:39.630.81
35Oussama MellouliTUN14:40.310.86
47Park Tae-HwanKOR14:50.610.72
56Gregorio PaltrinieriITA14:51.920.83
61Connor JaegerUSA14:52.990.75
78Mateusz SawrymowiczPOL14:54.320.78
82Daniel FoggGBR15:00.760.76