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1,500 metres Freestyle, Men

Date11 – 13 August 1932
LocationOlympic Park Swimming Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Participants15 from 8 countries

Any expectations of another duel between the two main protagonists in the 400 metre event were extinguished when a pair of Japanese schoolboys dominated the semi-finals. At just seventeen years old, Shozo Makino was still two and a half years older than his team-mate Kuzuo Kitamura. The final did indeed develop into a battle between the two but followed a different pattern to the 400 metres as they swam together for the first 300 metres before Kitamura pulled ahead over the last two lengths. At 14 years, 309 days old, Kuzuo Kitamura remains to this day the youngest male winner of an individual Olympic gold medal. Both the Japanese came close to Arne Borg’s supposedly unbeatable world record.

1Kuzuo KitamuraJPN19:55.2 (1 h1)19:51.6 (1 h1)19:12.4 (1)Gold
2Shozo MakinoJPN19:53.3 (1 h4)19:38.7 (1 h2)19:14.1 (2)Silver
3Jim CristyUSA19:58.4 (1 h2)20:06.9 (3 h1)19:39.5 (3)Bronze
4Noel RyanAUS20:12.6 (2 h3)19:52.5 (3 h2)19:45.1 (4)
5Buster CrabbeUSA20:01.0 (2 h1)19:51.8 (2 h2)20:02.7 (5)
6Jean TarisFRA20:01.2 (3 h1)20:04.2 (2 h1)20:09.7 (6)
4 h1 r2/3Sunao IshiharadaJPN20:09.5 (=2 h2)20:31.2 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3Boy CharltonAUS20:09.5 (=2 h2)19:53.1 (4 h2)
5 h1 r2/3Paolo CostoliITA20:48.1 (2 h4)20:58.7 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3Ralph FlanaganUSA20:06.0 (1 h3)20:03.7 (5 h2)
3 h3 r1/3Giuseppe PerentinITA21:04.5 (3 h3)
3 h4 r1/3George BurrowsCAN22:19.6 (3 h4)
4 h1 r1/3Nalin MalikIND23:52.4 (4 h1)
4 h3 r1/3Ignacio GutiérrezMEX22:39.2 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/3Manuel VillegasMEX23:40.0 (4 h4)

Round One (11 August 1932)

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

Heat One (10:30)

1Kuzuo KitamuraJPN19:55.2Q
2Buster CrabbeUSA20:01.0Q
3Jean TarisFRA20:01.2q
4Nalin MalikIND23:52.4

Heat Two (11:00)

1Jim CristyUSA19:58.4Q
=2Sunao IshiharadaJPN20:09.5Q
=2Boy CharltonAUS20:09.5Q

Heat Three (15:00)

1Ralph FlanaganUSA20:06.0Q
2Noel RyanAUS20:12.6Q
3Giuseppe PerentinITA21:04.5
4Ignacio GutiérrezMEX22:39.2

Heat Four (15:30)

1Shozo MakinoJPN19:53.3Q
2Paolo CostoliITA20:48.1Q
3George BurrowsCAN22:19.6
4Manuel VillegasMEX23:40.0

Semi-Finals (12 August 1932 — 15:20)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

1Kuzuo KitamuraJPN19:51.6QOR
2Jean TarisFRA20:04.2Q
3Jim CristyUSA20:06.9Q
4Sunao IshiharadaJPN20:31.2
5Paolo CostoliITA20:58.7

Heat Two

1Shozo MakinoJPN19:38.7QOR
2Buster CrabbeUSA19:51.8Q
3Noel RyanAUS19:52.5Q
4Boy CharltonAUS19:53.1
5Ralph FlanaganUSA20:03.7

Final (13 August 1932 — 15:30)

1Kuzuo KitamuraJPN19:12.4OR
2Shozo MakinoJPN19:14.1
3Jim CristyUSA19:39.5
4Noel RyanAUS19:45.1
5Buster CrabbeUSA20:02.7
6Jean TarisFRA20:09.7