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Swimming at the 1924 Paris Summer Games:

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Tourelles Swimming Pool, Saint-Mandé
Date Started: July 13, 1924
Date Finished: July 15, 1924

Gold: AUS Boy Charlton
Silver: SWE Arne Borg
Bronze: AUS Frank Beaurepaire

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Boy Charlton 16 Australia AUS Gold WR
2 Arne Borg 22 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Frank Beaurepaire 32 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Jack Hatfield 30 Great Britain GBR
5 Katsuo Takaishi 17 Japan JPN
3 h2 r2/3 Åke Borg 22 Sweden SWE
4 h1 r2/3 Adam Smith 20 United States USA
4 h2 r2/3 Harold Annison 28 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r2/3 George Vernot 23 Canada CAN
6 h1 r2/3 John P. Taylor 20 Great Britain GBR
3 h1 r1/3 Moss Christie 21 Australia AUS
3 h2 r1/3 Kazuo Noda 15 Japan JPN
3 h3 r1/3 Dick Howell 20 United States USA
3 h4 r1/3 Renato Bacigalupo Italy ITA
3 h5 r1/3 Salvator Pélégry 26 France FRA
4 h2 r1/3 Jean Rebeyrol France FRA
4 h3 r1/3 Dionysios Vasilopoulos Greece GRE
4 h5 r1/3 Václav Antoš 19 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 h5 r1/3 Pedro Méndez 19 Spain ESP
AC h1 r1/3 Gustave Klein 22 France FRA DNF
AC h1 r1/3 Kazuo Onoda 23 Japan JPN DNF
AC h3 r1/3 Ante Roje 18 Yugoslavia YUG DNF