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Swimming at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Swimming Stadium, Amsterdam
Date Started: August 7, 1928
Date Finished: August 9, 1928

Gold: ARG Alberto Zorrilla
Silver: AUS Boy Charlton
Bronze: SWE Arne Borg


[Johnny Weissmuller] of the USA was the champion four years earlier in Paris but did not defend his title in Amsterdam. The USA was still well represented by a trio of top class swimmers, Argentina by the New York based [Alberto Zorilla] and the two other medallists from Paris, [Arne Borg] and [Andrew “Boy” Charlton],returned with strong chances to upgrade their medals to gold. It was Borg who recorded the fastest times in both heat and semi-final as the fancied contenders all the made their way to the final. Borg and Charlton were old rivals and seemed more intent on watching each other than the other swimmers and, although the two men fought for the lead throughout the race, Zorilla was able to move through from an outside draw and win Argentina’s first Olympic swimming championship by two clear seconds. The Argentine was an all-round sportsman, also excelling at rowing, boxing and athletics. His plan to defend his title in Los Angeles was thwarted by illness.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Alberto Zorrilla 22 Argentina ARG Gold OR
2 Boy Charlton 20 Australia AUS Silver
3 Arne Borg 26 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Buster Crabbe 20 United States USA
5 Austin Clapp 17 United States USA
6 Ray Ruddy 16 United States USA
4 h1 r2/3 Garnet Ault 22 Canada CAN
4 h2 r2/3 Katsuo Takaishi 21 Japan JPN
5 h1 r2/3 Hiroshi Yoneyama 19 Japan JPN
5 h2 r2/3 Herbert Heinrich 28 Germany GER
6 h2 r2/3 Albert Vandeplancke 17 France FRA
2 h1 r1/3 Nobuo Arai Japan JPN
2 h6 r1/3 Jack Hatfield 34 Great Britain GBR
3 h1 r1/3 Friedel Berges 24 Germany GER
3 h3 r1/3 Václav Antoš 23 Czechoslovakia TCH
3 h4 r1/3 Walter Handschuhmacher 24 Germany GER
3 h5 r1/3 Paolo Costoli 17 Italy ITA
3 h6 r1/3 David Lindsay 21 New Zealand NZL
4 h1 r1/3 Jimmy Thompson 21 Canada CAN
4 h2 r1/3 Géza Szigritz 21 Hungary HUN
4 h3 r1/3 Taburan Tamse Philippines PHI
4 h4 r1/3 Rezső Wanié Hungary HUN
4 h5 r1/3 Adán Gordón 22 Panama PAN
4 h6 r1/3 William Broderick Ireland IRL
5 h2 r1/3 Arthur Watts Great Britain GBR
5 h5 r1/3 Hernán Téllez Chile CHI