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Swimming at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Freestyle Round One

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Olympic Park Swimming and Diving Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: December 1, 1956
Date Finished: December 1, 1956
Format: Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Gold: AUS Murray Rose
Silver: JPN Tsuyoshi Yamanaka
Bronze: USA George Breen

Round One Heat One

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC T
1 Kevin O'Halloran 19 Australia AUS 4:36.9 QU
2 Koji Nonoshita Japan JPN 4:37.4 QU
3 Angelo Romani 22 Italy ITA 4:37.6 QU
4 Bill Woolsey 22 United States USA 4:38.2
5 Sylvio dos Santos 21 Brazil BRA 4:48.8
6 Ulfiano Babol Philippines PHI 4:53.4
7 Wan Shiu Ming Hong Kong HKG 5:02.6

Round One Heat Two

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC T
1 Jack Wardrop 24 Great Britain GBR 4:39.8
2 Tony Briscoe South Africa RSA 4:41.4
3 George Onekea 17 United States USA 4:41.6
4 Hans Köhler 20 Germany GER 4:43.5
5 Habib Nasution 20 Indonesia INA 4:44.0
6 Per-Olof Östrand 26 Sweden SWE 4:45.9
7 Gilberto Martínez Colombia COL 4:51.4
8 Raúl Martin 15 Cuba CUB 4:58.2

Round One Heat Three

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC T
1 George Breen 21 United States USA 4:35.7 QU
2 Peter Duncan 21 South Africa RSA 4:46.7
3 Karri Käyhkö 18 Finland FIN 4:49.6
4 Yoshiro Noda 20 Japan JPN 4:49.9
5 Guy Montserret 21 France FRA 4:52.6

Round One Heat Four

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC T
1 Gary Winram 20 Australia AUS 4:34.5 QU
2 Jean Boiteux 23 France FRA 4:37.9
3 William Slater 16 Canada CAN 4:40.4
4 Neil McKechnie 17 Great Britain GBR 4:42.6
5 Boris Nik'it'ini 18 Soviet Union URS 4:42.8
6 Billy Steuart South Africa RSA 4:43.0
7 Bana Sailani 19 Philippines PHI 4:49.0

Round One Heat Five

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC T
1 Murray Rose 17 Australia AUS 4:31.7 QU
2 Tsuyoshi Yamanaka 17 Japan JPN 4:31.8 QU
3 Hans Zierold 18 Germany GER 4:35.7 QU
4 Jenő Áts 20 Hungary HUN 4:47.6
5 Jacques Collignon France FRA 4:49.3