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Swimming at the 1924 Paris Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Tourelles Swimming Pool, Saint-Mandé
Date Started: July 16, 1924
Date Finished: July 18, 1924

Gold: USA Johnny Weissmuller
Silver: SWE Arne Borg
Bronze: AUS Boy Charlton


The 400 metres brought together 1500m champion, [Andrew “Boy” Charlton], of Australia, soon-to-be 100m champion [Johnny Weissmuller], and Sweden’s world record holder, [Arne Borg], at a distance where all were competitive. The three main protagonists soon went clear of Arne’s twin brother, [Åke Borg], and [John Hatfield] of Great Britain with Borg holding a tiny lead at quarter distance. Weissmuller surged into the lead at the 200m point but a series of poor turns allowed Borg to reclaim his former position with two lengths of the pool remaining. The two men battled fiercely in the final stages and Weissmuller only moved away from the Swede in the last twenty-five metres of the race.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Johnny Weissmuller 19 United States USA Gold OR
2 Arne Borg 22 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Boy Charlton 16 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Åke Borg 22 Sweden SWE
5 Jack Hatfield 30 Great Britain GBR
3 h1 r2/3 Lester Smith 22 United States USA
4 h1 r2/3 George Vernot 23 Canada CAN
4 h2 r2/3 Harold Annison 28 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r2/3 Václav Antoš 19 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 h2 r2/3 Frank Beaurepaire 32 Australia AUS
1 h1 r1/3 Ralph Breyer 20 United States USA OR
3 h1 r1/3 Atilije Venturini Yugoslavia YUG
3 h2 r1/3 Dionysios Vasilopoulos Greece GRE
3 h3 r1/3 Percy Peter 22 Great Britain GBR
3 h4 r1/3 Kazuo Noda 15 Japan JPN
4 h1 r1/3 Moss Christie 21 Australia AUS
4 h2 r1/3 Đuro Sentđerđi Yugoslavia YUG
4 h3 r1/3 Salvator Pélégry 26 France FRA
4 h4 r1/3 Alberto Zorrilla 18 Argentina ARG
4 h5 r1/3 Édouard Vanzeveren 19 France FRA
5 h3 r1/3 Sjaak Köhler 21 Netherlands NED
5 h4 r1/3 Stanislav Bičák Czechoslovakia TCH
5 h5 r1/3 Pedro Méndez 19 Spain ESP