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400 metres Freestyle, Men

Date26 – 28 August 1920
LocationZwemstadion van Antwerpen, Antwerpen
Participants22 from 11 countries
Olympic Record 5:24.4 / George Hodgson CAN / 14 July 1912

This was expected to be a battle between Norman Ross, the world record holder (5:14.6 in 1919) and 1919 Inter-Allied Champion, and the great Australian distance swimmer, Frank Beaurepaire. Beaurepaire went out too quickly and eventually was forced to retire. Ross then won easily. The Olympic record of 5:24.4, set by George Hodgson (CAN), who won in 1912 at Stockholm, survived the 1920 Olympics. Hodgson competed in Antwerp, finishing fourth in the second semi-final.

1Norman RossUSA6:16.2 (1 h1)5:33.8 (1 h1)5:26.8 (1)Gold
2Ludy LangerUSA5:41.4 (1 h5)5:29.2 (2 h2)5:29.0 (2)Silver
3George VernotCAN5:32.6 (1 h4)5:27.8 (1 h2)5:29.6 (3)Bronze
4Fred KaheleUSA5:37.4 (2 h4)5:35.8 (2 h1)– (4)
AC r3/3Frank BeaurepaireAUS5:42.0 (3 h4)5:32.8 (3 h2)– (AC)DNF
3 h1 r2/3Bill HarrisUSA5:57.8 (1 h3)5:36.0 (3 h1)
4 h1 r2/3Henry TaylorGBR6:01.2 (2 h3)– (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3George HodgsonCAN5:49.8 (2 h5)– (4 h2)
5 h2 r2/3Harold AnnisonGBR5:58.0 (1 h2)– (5 h2)
AC h1 r2/3Kenkichi SaitoJPN6:16.8 (2 h1)– (AC h1)DNF
AC h2 r2/3Keith KirklandAUS6:12.2 (2 h2)– (AC h2)DNF
3 h2 r1/3Paul VasseurFRA6:30.4 (3 h2)
3 h3 r1/3Masayoshi UchidaJPN6:40.0 (3 h3)
3 h5 r1/3Jack HatfieldGBR5:50.6 (3 h5)
4 h2 r1/3Alfred SteenNOR6:30.6 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/3Alois HrašekTCH– (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/3Arne BorgSWE– (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/3Harry HayAUS– (4 h5)
5 h2 r1/3René Ricolfi-DoriaSUI– (5 h2)
5 h4 r1/3Percy PeterGBR– (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/3Antonio QuarantottoITA– (5 h5)
6 h4 r1/3Gilio BisagnoITA– (6 h4)

Round One (26 August 1920 — 15:30 (scheduled), 15:50 (actual))

Top two places and the fastest third place advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

1Norman RossUSA6:16.2Q
2Kenkichi SaitoJPN6:16.8Q

Heat Two

1Harold AnnisonGBR5:58.0Q
2Keith KirklandAUS6:12.2Q
3Paul VasseurFRA6:30.4
4Alfred SteenNOR6:30.6
5René Ricolfi-DoriaSUI

Heat Three

1Bill HarrisUSA5:57.8Q
2Henry TaylorGBR6:01.2Q
3Masayoshi UchidaJPN6:40.0
4Alois HrašekTCH

Heat Four

1George VernotCAN5:32.6Q
2Fred KaheleUSA5:37.4Q
3Frank BeaurepaireAUS5:42.0q
4Arne BorgSWE
5Percy PeterGBR
6Gilio BisagnoITA

Heat Five

1Ludy LangerUSA5:41.4Q
2George HodgsonCAN5:49.8Q
3Jack HatfieldGBR5:50.6
4Harry HayAUS
5Antonio QuarantottoITA

Semi-Finals (27 August 1920 — 16:40)

Top two in each heat and the fastest third-place advanced to the final.

Heat One

1Norman RossUSA5:33.8Q
2Fred KaheleUSA5:35.8Q
3Bill HarrisUSA5:36.0
4Henry TaylorGBR
ACKenkichi SaitoJPNDNF

Heat Two

1George VernotCAN5:27.8Q
2Ludy LangerUSA5:29.2Q
3Frank BeaurepaireAUS5:32.8q
4George HodgsonCAN
5Harold AnnisonGBR
ACKeith KirklandAUSDNF

Final (28 August 1920 — 17:00)

1Norman RossUSA5:26.8
2Ludy LangerUSA5:29.0
3George VernotCAN5:29.6
4Fred KaheleUSA
ACFrank BeaurepaireAUSDNF