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Swimming at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Antwerp Swimming Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 26, 1920
Date Finished: August 28, 1920

Gold: USA Norman Ross
Silver: USA Ludy Langer
Bronze: CAN George Vernot


This was expected to be a battle between [Norman Ross], the world record holder (5:14.6 in 1919) and 1919 Inter-Allied Champion, and the great Australian distance swimmer, [Frank Beaurepaire]. Beaurepaire went out too quickly and eventually was forced to retire. Ross then won easily. The Olympic record of 5:24.4, set by [George Hodgson] (CAN), who won in 1912 at Stockholm, survived the 1920 Olympics. Hodgson competed in Antwerp, finishing fourth in the second semi-final.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Norman Ross 23 United States USA Gold
2 Ludy Langer 27 United States USA Silver
3 George Vernot 19 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Fred Kahele United States USA
AC r3/3 Frank Beaurepaire 28 Australia AUS DNF
3 h1 r2/3 Bill Harris 22 United States USA
4 h1 r2/3 Henry Taylor 35 Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r2/3 George Hodgson 26 Canada CAN
5 h2 r2/3 Harold Annison 24 Great Britain GBR
AC h1 r2/3 Kenkichi Saito 25 Japan JPN DNF
AC h2 r2/3 Keith Kirkland 19 Australia AUS DNF
3 h2 r1/3 Paul Vasseur 35 France FRA
3 h3 r1/3 Masaren Uchida 22 Japan JPN
3 h5 r1/3 Jack Hatfield 26 Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r1/3 Alfred Steen 23 Norway NOR
4 h3 r1/3 Alois Hrašek Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h4 r1/3 Arne Borg 18 Sweden SWE
4 h5 r1/3 Harry Hay Australia AUS
5 h2 r1/3 René Ricolfi-Doria 18 Switzerland SUI
5 h4 r1/3 Percy Peter 18 Great Britain GBR
5 h5 r1/3 Antonio Quarantotto Italy ITA
6 h4 r1/3 Gilio Bisagno 18 Italy ITA