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400 metres Freestyle, Men

Date23 July 1996
LocationGeorgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants34 from 30 countries

At the start of the Olympic year the red-hot favourite for the Olympic title was the man who was both world champion and world record holder, Kieren Perkins of Australia. This changed after the events of the Australian trials where Perkins could only manage to finish third and so missed out on a place on the Olympic team. The world leader for 1996 was Tom Dolan of the USA but he disappointed in the heats and missed the final.

The final followed the same pattern as the 200 metres freestyle final that was held three days earlier. Perennial frontrunner Anders Holmertz took the lead and tried to hang on as long as he could. In this race it meant he led until just before the 300 m mark when Danyon Loader drew upsides him and power passed. At the end of the race Loader’s lead was over a second ahead of Britain’s Paul Palmer with Daniel Kowalski’s finishing effort not quite being enough to deprive Palmer of the silver medal.

After a century without a New Zealander winning an Olympic swimming gold medal, Loader’s win was the second in 72 hours

PosSwimmerNOCR1B FinalFinal
1Danyon LoaderNZL3:51.54 (1 h5)3:47.97 (1)Gold
2Paul PalmerGBR3:51.98 (2 h5)3:49.00 (2)Silver
3Daniel KowalskiAUS3:51.67 (1 h3)3:49.39 (3)Bronze
4Emiliano BrembillaITA3:49.35 (1 h4)3:49.87 (4)
5Anders HolmertzSWE3:52.27 (2 h3)3:50.68 (5)
6Massi RosolinoITA3:51.05 (2 h4)3:51.04 (6)
7Jörg HoffmannGER3:51.26 (3 h4)3:52.15 (7)
8Jacob CarstensenDEN3:52.62 (3 h5)3:54.45 (8)
9John PiersmaUSA3:53.58 (4 h4)3:50.69 (1)
10Sebastian WieseGER3:53.55 (3 h3)3:52.37 (2)
11Ryk NeethlingRSA3:56.19 (7 h5)3:54.34 (3)
12Ihor SnitkoUKR3:55.67 (6 h5)3:54.63 (4)
13Malcolm AllenAUS3:54.34 (5 h5)3:55.48 (5)
14Aleksey AkatyevRUS3:56.40 (5 h3)3:55.72 (6)
15Yann de FabriqueFRA3:55.42 (5 h4)3:56.46 (7)
16Dimitrios ManganasGRE3:54.85 (4 h3)3:57.39 (8)
17Tom DolanUSA3:53.91 (4 h5)1
18Luiz LimaBRA3:56.43 (6 h3)
19Torlarp SethsothornTHA3:57.08 (6 h4)
20Jure BučarSLO3:57.36 (7 h3)
21Alejandro BermúdezCOL3:57.45 (1 h2)
22Miroslav VučetićCRO3:59.20 (2 h2)
23Béla SzabadosHUN3:59.36 (7 h4)
24Hisato YasuiJPN4:00.19 (8 h5)
25Ricardo MonasterioVEN4:00.44 (3 h2)
26Andrey KvasovKGZ4:00.69 (1 h1)
27Can ErgenekanTUR4:02.39 (4 h2)
28Agustín FiorilliARG4:02.53 (2 h1)
29Mark KwokHKG4:02.68 (5 h2)
30U CheolKOR4:03.11 (8 h3)
31Andrei ZaharovMDA4:09.30 (6 h2)
32Hicham El-MasrySYR4:10.23 (8 h4)
33Sng Ju WeiSGP4:12.24 (7 h2)
34Omar DallalJOR4:41.12 (3 h1)
DNSAntti KasvioFIN– (DNS h2)

Round One (23 July 1996)

Fastest eight advanced to the final. Places 9-16 advanced to the B Final.

Heat One

14Andrey KvasovKGZ4:00.690.75
25Agustín FiorilliARG4:02.530.83
33Omar DallalJOR4:41.120.82

Heat Two

11Alejandro BermúdezCOL3:57.450.83
24Miroslav VučetićCRO3:59.200.90
37Ricardo MonasterioVEN4:00.440.87
45Can ErgenekanTUR4:02.390.78
56Mark KwokHKG4:02.680.65
62Andrei ZaharovMDA4:09.300.94
78Sng Ju WeiSGP4:12.240.86
DNS3Antti KasvioFIN

Heat Three

14Daniel KowalskiAUS3:51.670.77Q
25Anders HolmertzSWE3:52.270.79Q
33Sebastian WieseGER3:53.550.94q
42Dimitrios ManganasGRE3:54.850.82q
56Aleksey AkatyevRUS3:56.400.93
67Luiz LimaBRA3:56.430.89
71Jure BučarSLO3:57.360.80
88U CheolKOR4:03.110.72

Heat Four

16Emiliano BrembillaITA3:49.350.88Q
25Massi RosolinoITA3:51.050.83Q
33Jörg HoffmannGER3:51.260.94Q
44John PiersmaUSA3:53.580.72q
57Yann de FabriqueFRA3:55.420.83q
61Torlarp SethsothornTHA3:57.080.84
72Béla SzabadosHUN3:59.360.79
88Hicham El-MasrySYR4:10.230.82

Heat Five

15Danyon LoaderNZL3:51.540.86Q
23Paul PalmerGBR3:51.980.81Q
32Jacob CarstensenDEN3:52.620.82Q
44Tom DolanUSA3:53.910.75q
56Malcolm AllenAUS3:54.340.86q
68Ihor SnitkoUKR3:55.670.87q
77Ryk NeethlingRSA3:56.190.79q
81Hisato YasuiJPN4:00.190.83

B Final (23 July 1996)

15John PiersmaUSA3:50.690.70
24Sebastian WieseGER3:52.370.84
31Ryk NeethlingRSA3:54.340.82
47Ihor SnitkoUKR3:54.630.90
53Malcolm AllenAUS3:55.480.88
68Aleksey AkatyevRUS3:55.720.90
72Yann de FabriqueFRA3:56.460.82
86Dimitrios ManganasGRE3:57.390.80

Final (23 July 1996)

16Danyon LoaderNZL3:47.970.84
27Paul PalmerGBR3:49.000.84
32Daniel KowalskiAUS3:49.390.79
44Emiliano BrembillaITA3:49.870.88
51Anders HolmertzSWE3:50.680.78
65Massi RosolinoITA3:51.040.84
73Jörg HoffmannGER3:52.150.90
88Jacob CarstensenDEN3:54.450.82