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Swimming at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Wembley Arena, Wembley, London
Date Started: August 5, 1948
Date Finished: August 7, 1948

Gold: USA Jimmy McLane
Silver: AUS John Marshall
Bronze: HUN György Mitró

Summary

In 1938 Japan’s Tomikatsu Amano had become the first man to break nineteen minutes for the 1500m and his example had been matched by a younger generation of Japanese swimmers but, since Japan was not invited to the 1948 Olympics, the mantle of favourite for this event fell on France’s Alex Jany. The Frenchman performed poorly in his other events and, after the British food had proved too much for his stomach, was too ill to compete in the 1500m. This left the way clear for the seventeen year old American schoolboy, James McLane, and the previously unconsidered Australian John Marshall to battle for the gold. McLane started well and maintained a lead for the first thousand metres. With 500m to go Marshall made his challenge and the two men swam stroke for stroke for the next two lengths of the pool. The Australian’s challenge faded and more technically gifted McLane swam away to become the first American to win the event since Antwerp.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jimmy McLane 17 United States USA Gold
2 John Marshall 18 Australia AUS Silver
3 György Mitró 18 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 György Csordás 19 Hungary HUN
5 Marijan Stipetić 17 Yugoslavia YUG
6 Forbes Norris 20 United States USA
7 Donald Bland 17 Great Britain GBR
8 Bill Heusner 21 United States USA
5 h1 r2/3 Florbel Pérez Uruguay URU
5 h2 r2/3 Jo Bernardo 19 France FRA
6 h1 r2/3 Miroslav Bartůšek 26 Czechoslovakia TCH
6 h2 r2/3 Ferenc Vörös 26 Hungary HUN
7 h1 r2/3 Rolf Kestener 17 Brazil BRA
7 h2 r2/3 Luis González Colombia COL
2 h2 r1/3 Jack Hale 26 Great Britain GBR
2 h4 r1/3 Per-Olof Östrand 18 Sweden SWE
3 h1 r1/3 Jack Wardrop 16 Great Britain GBR
3 h3 r1/3 Sambiao Basanung 26 Philippines PHI
4 h1 r1/3 Angel Maldonado Mexico MEX
4 h2 r1/3 Joseph Reynders 18 Belgium BEL
4 h3 r1/3 Alejandro Febrero 23 Spain ESP
4 h4 r1/3 Isidoro Martínez-Vela 23 Spain ESP
4 h5 r1/3 Luis Child Colombia COL
4 h6 r1/3 Don Johnston 18 South Africa RSA
5 h1 r1/3 Adolfo Mancuso Argentina ARG
5 h2 r1/3 Janko Puhar Yugoslavia YUG
5 h3 r1/3 Doug Gibson Canada CAN
5 h4 r1/3 César Borja 13 Mexico MEX
5 h5 r1/3 Juan Garay 19 Argentina ARG
5 h6 r1/3 Ramón Bravo 22 Mexico MEX
6 h1 r1/3 Vanja Illić Yugoslavia YUG
6 h3 r1/3 Bimal Chandra India IND
6 h4 r1/3 Garrick Agnew 17 Australia AUS
6 h5 r1/3 Jesús Domínguez 22 Spain ESP
6 h6 r1/3 René Cornu 19 France FRA
7 h1 r1/3 Anwar Aziz Chaudhry Pakistan PAK
7 h3 r1/3 Philip Tribley Bermuda BER
7 h4 r1/3 Allen Gilchrist 16 Canada CAN
7 h5 r1/3 Derek Oatway 17 Bermuda BER