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Swimming at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Olympic Park Swimming Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 11, 1932
Date Finished: August 13, 1932

Gold: JPN Kuzuo Kitamura
Silver: JPN Shozo Makino
Bronze: USA Jim Cristy

Summary

Any expectations of another duel between the two main protagonists in the 400 metre event were extinguished when a pair of Japanese schoolboys dominated the semi-finals. At just seventeen years old, Shozo Makino was still two and a half years older than his team-mate Kuzuo Kitamura. The final did indeed develop into a battle between the two but followed a different pattern to the 400 metres as they swam together for the first 300 metres before Kitamura pulled ahead over the last two lengths. At 14 years, 309 days old, Kuzuo Kitamura remains to this day the youngest male winner of an individual Olympic gold medal. Both the Japanese came close to Arne Borg’s supposedly unbeatable world record.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kuzuo Kitamura 14 Japan JPN Gold OR
2 Shozo Makino 17 Japan JPN Silver
3 Jim Cristy 19 United States USA Bronze
4 Noel Ryan Australia AUS
5 Buster Crabbe 24 United States USA
6 Jean Taris 23 France FRA
4 h1 r2/3 Sunao Ishiharada 17 Japan JPN
4 h2 r2/3 Boy Charlton 24 Australia AUS
5 h1 r2/3 Paolo Costoli 22 Italy ITA
5 h2 r2/3 Ralph Flanagan 13 United States USA
3 h3 r1/3 Giuseppe Perentin 26 Italy ITA
3 h4 r1/3 George Burrows Canada CAN
4 h1 r1/3 Nalin Malik India IND
4 h3 r1/3 Ignacio Gutiérrez Mexico MEX
4 h4 r1/3 Manuel Villegas Mexico MEX