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400 metres Freestyle, Men

Date30 – 31 August 1960
LocationStadio Olimpico del Nuoto, Roma
Participants40 from 25 countries

The last five world records in this event had been set by Australia’s John Konrads, with four, and Japan’s Tsuyoshi Yamanaka, silver medalist from 1960, with one. Konrads held the current mark with 4:15.9 set in Sydney in February 1960. But the defending champion was Murray Rose and he was back as well. By 1960 Rose and Yamanaka were students at the University of Southern California, both on the swim team there. In the heats Alan Somers of the United States broke the Olympic record with 4:19.2. But he was well back in the final, as Rose won quite easily, outdistancing Yamanaka by over three seconds, as they repeated their 1-2 finish from Melbourne, with Konrads pulling up for the bronze medal in a photo finish over Britain’s Ian Black. In Chicago in 1962, Rose would break Konrads’ world record by posting 4:13.4.

1Murray RoseAUS4:22.5 (1 h4)4:18.3 (1)Gold
2Tsuyoshi YamanakaJPN4:21.0 (1 h1)4:21.4 (2)Silver
3John KonradsAUS4:24.3 (1 h2)4:21.8 (3)Bronze
4Ian BlackGBR4:21.9 (1 h3)4:21.8 (4)
5Alan SomersUSA4:19.2 (1 h6)4:22.0 (5)
6Murray McLachlanRSA4:25.9 (1 h5)4:26.3 (6)
7Gene LenzUSA4:29.2 (2 h5)4:26.8 (7)
8Makoto FukuiJPN4:26.7 (2 h3)4:29.6 (8)
9József KatonaHUN4:29.5 (2 h2)
10Hans-Joachim KleinGER4:31.6 (2 h1)
11Aubrey BürerRSA4:31.9 (2 h4)
12Richard CampionGBR4:32.3 (3 h2)
13Mauricio OcampoMEX4:35.3 (2 h6)
14Sven-Göran JohanssonSWE4:35.6 (4 h2)
15Kari HaavistoFIN4:36.0 (5 h2)
16Jean-Pascal CurtilletFRA4:36.5 (3 h5)
17Paolo GallettiITA4:36.6 (3 h4)
18Gerhard HetzGER4:38.4 (3 h6)
19Jerzy TraczPOL4:38.6 (3 h3)
20Veljko RogošićYUG4:39.5 (3 h1)
21Bana SailaniPHI4:40.2 (4 h6)
22Per-Olof EricssonSWE4:41.2 (4 h3)
23Rubén RocaCUB4:41.3 (4 h5)
24Milan JegerYUG4:41.4 (4 h4)
25Ilkka SuvantoFIN4:42.1 (5 h3)
26Raúl GuzmánMEX4:42.2 (6 h3)
27Jan LutomskiPOL4:42.8 (5 h6)
28Massimo RosiITA4:45.1 (6 h6)
29Tamás HornyánszkyHUN4:46.2 (4 h1)
30Jean PommatFRA4:46.5 (6 h2)
31José Manuel CossioESP4:50.1 (5 h5)
32Eduardo de SousaPOR4:51.6 (7 h3)
33Hans-Ulrich DürstSUI4:52.5 (7 h6)
34Zakaria NasutionINA4:54.0 (5 h4)
35Helmut IlkAUT4:58.1 (5 h1)
36Amiram TrauberISR4:58.6 (6 h4)
37Karl FridlinSUI5:02.3 (6 h1)
38Fong Seow JitMAL5:07.3 (6 h5)
39Robert ChenauxPUR5:24.6 (7 h4)
DNFLeonid KolesnikovURS– (DNF h2)
DNSFernando FanjulARG– (DNS h1)

Round One (30 August 1960 — 16:30)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One

14Tsuyoshi YamanakaJPN4:21.0QOR
25Hans-Joachim KleinGER4:31.6
33Veljko RogošićYUG4:39.5
46Tamás HornyánszkyHUN4:46.2
52Helmut IlkAUT4:58.1
61Karl FridlinSUI5:02.3
DNS7Fernando FanjulARG

Heat Two

14John KonradsAUS4:24.3Q
25József KatonaHUN4:29.5
33Richard CampionGBR4:32.3
46Sven-Göran JohanssonSWE4:35.6
52Kari HaavistoFIN4:36.0
67Jean PommatFRA4:46.5
DNF1Leonid KolesnikovURS

Heat Three

15Ian BlackGBR4:21.9Q
24Makoto FukuiJPN4:26.7Q
31Jerzy TraczPOL4:38.6
43Per-Olof EricssonSWE4:41.2
56Ilkka SuvantoFIN4:42.1
67Raúl GuzmánMEX4:42.2
72Eduardo de SousaPOR4:51.6

Heat Four

14Murray RoseAUS4:22.5Q
25Aubrey BürerRSA4:31.9
33Paolo GallettiITA4:36.6
46Milan JegerYUG4:41.4
57Zakaria NasutionINA4:54.0
62Amiram TrauberISR4:58.6
71Robert ChenauxPUR5:24.6

Heat Five

15Murray McLachlanRSA4:25.9Q
24Gene LenzUSA4:29.2Q
36Jean-Pascal CurtilletFRA4:36.5
43Rubén RocaCUB4:41.3
52José Manuel CossioESP4:50.1
67Fong Seow JitMAL5:07.3

Heat Six

14Alan SomersUSA4:19.2QOR
22Mauricio OcampoMEX4:35.31
35Gerhard HetzGER4:38.4
43Bana SailaniPHI4:40.2
51Jan LutomskiPOL4:42.8
66Massimo RosiITA4:45.1
77Hans-Ulrich DürstSUI4:52.5

Final (31 August 1960 — 21:20)

16Murray RoseAUS4:18.3OR
25Tsuyoshi YamanakaJPN4:21.4
32John KonradsAUS4:21.8
43Ian BlackGBR4:21.8
54Alan SomersUSA4:22.0
67Murray McLachlanRSA4:26.3
78Gene LenzUSA4:26.8
81Makoto FukuiJPN4:29.6