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1,500 metres Freestyle, Men

Date21 – 25 July 1908
LocationWhite City Stadium, London
Participants19 from 8 countries

The favorites were again Henry Taylor and Frank Beaurepaire. Taylor had won the ASA title over one mile in 1906-1907 but Beaurepaire claimed the 1908 championship. However, in the final, the second Briton, Sydney Battersby, led the race almost throughout. He went to the front immediately and led each lap through 1,300 metres. Taylor passed him shortly before the end of the 14th lap, and Beaurepaire was only a few yards behind, still in the race. But Taylor hung on, and held off Battersby to win by 2 yards over his countryman. Taylor then stopped, but Battersby continued to swim, as planned, and set a new world’s record for one mile of 24:33.0, beating David Billington’s (GBR) 1905 mark of 24:42.6.

1Henry TaylorGBR23:24.4 (1 h6)22:54.0 (1 h1)22:48.4 (1)Gold
2Sydney BattersbyGBR23:42.8 (1 h4)23:23.0 (1 h2)22:51.2 (2)Silver
3Frank BeaurepaireANZ23:45.8 (1 h2)23:25.4 (2 h1)22:56.2 (3)Bronze
AC r3/3Otto ScheffAUT24:15.8 (2 h6)24:25.4 (2 h2)– (DNF)DNF
3 h1 r2/3Willie FosterGBR24:33.4 (1 h7)– (3 h1)
4 h1 r2/3Lewis MoistGBR26:52.0 (1 h3)– (4 h1)
AC h2 r2/3John JarvisGBR25:51.6 (1 h5)– (DNF h2)DNF
1 h1 r1/3Paul RadmilovicGBR25:02.4 (1 h1)– (DNS h2)
2 h1 r1/3Gunnar WennerströmSWE27:15.4 (2 h1)
2 h2 r1/3Sam BlatherwickGBR25:15.4 (2 h2)
2 h4 r1/3Frank SpringfieldANZ24:52.4 (2 h4)
2 h5 r1/3James GreeneUSA28:09.0 (2 h5)
3 h1 r1/3Oreste MuzziITA28:52.8 (3 h1)
3 h2 r1/3Piet OomsNED27:24.4 (3 h2)
3 h4 r1/3André TheurietFRA32:37.0 (3 h4)
3 h5 r1/3Robert HassellGBR28:14.8 (3 h5)
3 h6 r1/3Gustaf WretmanSWE28:40.8 (3 h6)
4 h2 r1/3Wille AnderssonSWE27:34.4 (4 h2)
AC h6 r1/3Eduard MeijerNED– (DNF h6)DNF
DNSSnowy BakerANZ– (DNS h7)
DNSTheo TartakoverANZ– (DNS h1)
DNSFernand FeyaertsBEL– (DNS h1)
DNSA. MansBEL– (DNS h5)
DNSHerman CederbergFIN– (DNS h3)
DNSÉmile-Georges DrignyFRA– (DNS h2)
DNSPaul VasseurFRA– (DNS h1)
DNS BaubiatFRA– (DNS h7)
DNSH. JenaultFRA– (DNS h5)
DNSE. RenouFRA– (DNS h3)
DNS TaubeFRA– (DNS h6)
DNSHenrik HajósHUN– (DNS h3)
DNSBéla Las-TorresHUN– (DNS h7)
DNSMario MassaITA– (DNS h3)
DNSVincenzo BronnerITA– (DNS h2)
DNSF. de PasqualeITA– (DNS h7)
DNSF. NegriITA– (DNS h4)
DNSFriedrich MeuringNED– (DNS h4)

Round One (21 July 1908 — 14:30)

Winners of heats and fastest loser advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

1Paul RadmilovicGBR25:02.4QOR
2Gunnar WennerströmSWE27:15.4
3Oreste MuzziITA28:52.8
DNSTheo TartakoverANZ
DNSFernand FeyaertsBEL
DNSPaul VasseurFRA

Heat Two

1Frank BeaurepaireANZ23:45.8QOR
2Sam BlatherwickGBR25:15.4
3Piet OomsNED27:24.4
4Wille AnderssonSWE27:34.4
DNSÉmile-Georges DrignyFRA
DNSVincenzo BronnerITA

Heat Three

1Lewis MoistGBR26:52.0Q
DNSHerman CederbergFIN
DNSHenrik HajósHUN
DNSMario MassaITA

Heat Four

1Sydney BattersbyGBR23:42.8QOR
2Frank SpringfieldANZ24:52.4
3André TheurietFRA32:37.0
DNSFriedrich MeuringNED

Heat Five

1John JarvisGBR25:51.6Q
2James GreeneUSA28:09.0
3Robert HassellGBR28:14.8
DNSH. JenaultFRA

Heat Six

1Henry TaylorGBR23:24.4QOR
2Otto ScheffAUT24:15.8q
3Gustaf WretmanSWE28:40.8
DNFEduard MeijerNED

Heat Seven

1Willie FosterGBR24:33.4Q
DNSSnowy BakerANZ
DNS BaubiatFRA
DNSBéla Las-TorresHUN
DNSF. de PasqualeITA

Semi-Finals (23 July 1908 — 15:45)

Top two in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

1Henry TaylorGBR22:54.0Q
2Frank BeaurepaireANZ23:25.4Q
3Willie FosterGBR
4Lewis MoistGBR

Heat Two

1Sydney BattersbyGBR23:23.0Q
2Otto ScheffAUT24:25.4Q
DNFJohn JarvisGBR
DNSPaul RadmilovicGBR

Final (25 July 1908 — 15:30)

1Henry TaylorGBR22:48.4WR
2Sydney BattersbyGBR22:51.2
3Frank BeaurepaireANZ22:56.2
DNFOtto ScheffAUT