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1,500 metres Freestyle, Men

Date22 – 25 August 1920
StatusOlympic
LocationZwemstadion van Antwerpen, Antwerpen
Participants24 from 13 countries
Olympic Record 22:00.0 WR / George Hodgson CAN / 10 July 1912

The world and Olympic record of 22:00.0 had been set at the 1912 Olympics by the Canadian gold medalist, George Hodgson. Hodgson competed in Antwerp, but finished last in the first semi-final and did not qualify for the final. In the Antwerp final, Hodgson’s countryman, George Vernot, led for the first half of the race before Norman Ross took the lead for good at 900 metres. Ross then gradually pulled away to a comfortable victory. In addition to his gold medal, Ross was awarded possession of the Challenge Prize that had been donated by the Italian IOC Member, Count Brunetta d’Usseaux.

PosSwimmerNOCR1SFFinal
1Norman RossUSA24:08.2 (1 h4)23:12.0 (1 h1)22:23.2 (1)Gold
2George VernotCAN23:40.0 (1 h1)22:59.4 (1 h2)22:36.4est (2)Silver
3Frank BeaurepaireAUS22:55.0 (1 h5)23:02.2 (2 h2)23:04.0est (3)Bronze
4Fred KaheleUSA23:41.6 (2 h5)23:23.0 (2 h1)23:59.1est (4)
5Eugene BoldenUSA23:41.2 (2 h1)23:26.4 (3 h1)24:04.3est (5)
3 h2 r2/3Harold AnnisonGBR24:28.2 (1 h3)23:51.4 (3 h2)
4 h1 r2/3Arne BorgSWE23:54.4 (3 h1)– (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3Ludy LangerUSA24:28.8 (1 h2)– (4 h2)
5 h1 r2/3George HodgsonCAN24:36.6 (2 h3)– (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3Percy PeterGBR24:39.4 (2 h2)– (5 h2)
6 h2 r2/3Paul De BackerBEL26:46.4 (2 h4)– (6 h2)
3 h2 r1/3Cor ZeggerNED24:58.0 (3 h2)
3 h3 r1/3Gilio BisagnoITA25:18.0 (3 h3)
3 h4 r1/3Frans MöllerSWE27:42.0 (3 h4)
3 h5 r1/3Jack HatfieldGBR23:56.6 (3 h5)
4 h2 r1/3Antonio QuarantottoITA– (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/3Hans DrexlerSUI– (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/3Joaquín CuadradaESP– (4 h4)
5 h2 r1/3Alois HrašekTCH– (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/3Emanuel PrüllTCH– (5 h3)
AC h1 r1/3Henry TaylorGBR– (AC h1)DNF
AC h1 r1/3René Ricolfi-DoriaSUI– (AC h1)DNF
AC h3 r1/3Masayoshi UchidaJPN– (AC h3)DNF
AC h5 r1/3Pierre LavraieFRA– (AC h5)DNF

Round One (22 – 23 August 1920 — 17:00 (22-23/8))

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

Heat One (22 August 1920 — 17:00)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
1George VernotCAN23:40.0Q
2Eugene BoldenUSA23:41.2Q
3Arne BorgSWE23:54.4q
ACHenry TaylorGBRDNF
ACRené Ricolfi-DoriaSUIDNF1

Heat Two (22 August 1920 — 17:00)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
1Ludy LangerUSA24:28.8Q
2Percy PeterGBR24:39.4Q
3Cor ZeggerNED24:58.0
4Antonio QuarantottoITA
5Alois HrašekTCH

Heat Three (22 August 1920 — 17:00)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
1Harold AnnisonGBR24:28.2Q
2George HodgsonCAN24:36.6Q
3Gilio BisagnoITA25:18.0
4Hans DrexlerSUI
5Emanuel PrüllTCH
ACMasayoshi UchidaJPNDNF

Heat Four (23 August 1920 — 17:00)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
1Norman RossUSA24:08.2Q
2Paul De BackerBEL26:46.4Q
3Frans MöllerSWE27:42.0
4Joaquín CuadradaESP

Heat Five (23 August 1920 — 17:00)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
1Frank BeaurepaireAUS22:55.0Q
2Fred KaheleUSA23:41.6Q
3Jack HatfieldGBR23:56.6
ACPierre LavraieFRADNF2

Semi-Finals (24 August 1920 — 16:45)

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

Heat One

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
1Norman RossUSA23:12.0Q
2Fred KaheleUSA23:23.0Q
3Eugene BoldenUSA23:26.4q
4Arne BorgSWE
5George HodgsonCAN

Heat Two

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
1George VernotCAN22:59.4Q
2Frank BeaurepaireAUS23:02.2Q
3Harold AnnisonGBR23:51.4
4Ludy LangerUSA
5Percy PeterGBR
6Paul De BackerBEL

Final (25 August 1920 — 16:30)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
1Norman RossUSA22:23.2
2George VernotCAN22:36.4est
3Frank BeaurepaireAUS23:04.0est
4Fred KaheleUSA23:59.1est
5Eugene BoldenUSA24:04.3est