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1,500 metres Freestyle, Men

Date13 – 15 July 1924
LocationPiscine des Tourelles, Saint-Mandé
Participants22 from 12 countries
Olympic Record 22:00.0 WR / George Hodgson CAN / 10 July 1912

Andrew “Boy” Charlton, had emerged as a contender for Olympic honours early in 1924, when the 16 year old had defeated Sweden’s Arne Borg, in a 440yd race that caused a sensation in Charlton’s native Australia. At Paris the two men resumed their rivalry, firstly Charlton won his heat in an Olympic record time then, in the next heat, the Swede took four seconds off his own records. They met at semi final stage with Charlton taking a clear victory but the times were slower than the heats and many felt Borg was holding back his efforts until the final. Borg certainly went quicker in the final, taking over half a minute off his world record but Charlton had long finished by then. The Australian’s time of 20 minutes 6.6 seconds was over a minute inside the old world record. Frank Beaurepaire of Australia took the bronze medal, repeating his achievements of 1908 and 1920 in this event.

1Boy CharltonAUS21:20.4 (1 h3)21:28.4 (1 h1)20:06.6 (1)Gold
2Arne BorgSWE21:11.4 (1 h4)21:50.8 (2 h1)20:41.4 (2)Silver
3Frank BeaurepaireAUS22:17.6 (1 h5)21:41.6 (1 h2)21:48.4 (3)Bronze
4Jack HatfieldGBR22:26.8 (2 h3)21:53.4 (3 h1)21:55.6 (4)
5Katsuo TakaishiJPN22:43.2 (2 h4)21:48.6 (2 h2)22:10.4 (5)
3 h2 r2/3Åke BorgSWE22:55.2 (1 h2)21:59.4 (3 h2)
4 h1 r2/3Adam SmithUSA22:48.8 (2 h1)22:39.8 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3Harold AnnisonGBR22:38.4 (1 h1)23:11.8 (4 h2)
5 h1 r2/3George VernotCAN23:11.4 (2 h5)23:02.4 (5 h1)
6 h1 r2/3Jack TaylorGBR23:16.6 (2 h2)23:13.8 (6 h1)
3 h1 r1/3Moss ChristieAUS22:49.4 (3 h1)
3 h2 r1/3Kazuo NodaJPN23:44.2 (3 h2)
3 h3 r1/3Dick HowellUSA22:48.2 (3 h3)– (DNS h2)
3 h4 r1/3Renato BacigalupoITA23:04.4 (3 h4)
3 h5 r1/3Salvator PélégryFRA24:07.6 (3 h5)
4 h2 r1/3Jean RebeyrolFRA24:46.4 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/3Dionysios VasilopoulosGRE26:17.4 (4 h3)
4 h5 r1/3Václav AntošTCH24:44.0 (4 h5)
5 h5 r1/3Pedro MéndezESP26:23.5 (5 h5)
AC h1 r1/3Gustave KleinFRA– (AC h1)DNF
AC h1 r1/3Kazuo OnodaJPN– (AC h1)DNF
AC h3 r1/3Ante RojeYUG– (AC h3)DNF
DNSZoltán BitskeyHUN– (DNS h3)
DNSBéla EperjessyHUN– (DNS h2)
DNSIstván SerényHUN– (DNS h1)
DNSGianni PatrignaniITA– (DNS h2)
DNSĐuro SentđerđiYUG– (DNS h4)

Round One (13 July 1924 — 10:30, 15:00)

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

Heat One

1Harold AnnisonGBR22:38.4Q
2Adam SmithUSA22:48.8Q
3Moss ChristieAUS22:49.4
ACGustave KleinFRADNF
DNSIstván SerényHUN

Heat Two

1Åke BorgSWE22:55.2Q
2Jack TaylorGBR23:16.6Q
3Kazuo NodaJPN23:44.2
4Jean RebeyrolFRA24:46.4
DNSBéla EperjessyHUN
DNSGianni PatrignaniITA

Heat Three

1Boy CharltonAUS21:20.4QOR
2Jack HatfieldGBR22:26.8Q
3Dick HowellUSA22:48.2q
4Dionysios VasilopoulosGRE26:17.4
DNSZoltán BitskeyHUN

Heat Four

1Arne BorgSWE21:11.4QWR
2Katsuo TakaishiJPN22:43.2Q
3Renato BacigalupoITA23:04.4
DNSĐuro SentđerđiYUG

Heat Five

1Frank BeaurepaireAUS22:17.6Q
2George VernotCAN23:11.4Q
3Salvator PélégryFRA24:07.6
4Václav AntošTCH24:44.0
5Pedro MéndezESP26:23.5

Semi-Finals (14 July 1924 — 15:00)

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

Heat One

1Boy CharltonAUS21:28.4Q
2Arne BorgSWE21:50.8Q
3Jack HatfieldGBR21:53.4q
4Adam SmithUSA22:39.8
5George VernotCAN23:02.4
6Jack TaylorGBR23:13.8

Heat Two

1Frank BeaurepaireAUS21:41.6Q
2Katsuo TakaishiJPN21:48.6Q
3Åke BorgSWE21:59.4
4Harold AnnisonGBR23:11.8
DNSDick HowellUSA

Final (15 July 1924 — 15:00)

1Boy CharltonAUS20:06.6WR
2Arne BorgSWE20:41.4
3Frank BeaurepaireAUS21:48.4
4Jack HatfieldGBR21:55.6
5Katsuo TakaishiJPN22:10.4