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Swimming at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Swimming Stadium, Roma
Date Started: September 2, 1960
Date Finished: September 3, 1960

Gold: AUS John Konrads
Silver: AUS Murray Rose
Bronze: USA George Breen

Summary

Murray Rose had won the gold medal in this event in Australia but the world record in 1960 was held by his countryman John Konrads, who had recorded 17:11.0 in Sydney in February. Also considered challengers were American George Breen, who in Melbourne had set a world record in the prelims before winning a bronze medal, and Japan’s Tsuyoshi Yamanaka, silver medalist from Melbourne. Konrads led the Rome final throughout, although Breen stayed with him for the first 1,000 metres. Rose got relatively close near the end for the silver medal, with Breen hanging on for a second consecutive bronze in the event.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 John Konrads 18 Australia AUS Gold OR
2 Murray Rose 21 Australia AUS Silver
3 George Breen 25 United States USA Bronze
4 Tsuyoshi Yamanaka 21 Japan JPN
5 József Katona 18 Hungary HUN
6 Murray McLachlan 19 South Africa RSA
7 Alan Somers 19 United States USA
8 Richard Campion 19 Great Britain GBR
2 h1 r1/2 Aubrey Bürer 21 South Africa RSA
2 h3 r1/2 Lars-Erik Bengtsson 18 Sweden SWE
2 h5 r1/2 Bana Sailani 22 Philippines PHI
3 h1 r1/2 Gerhard Hetz 18 Germany GER
3 h2 r1/2 Masami Nakabo 19 Japan JPN
3 h3 r1/2 Veljko Rogošić 19 Yugoslavia YUG
3 h5 r1/2 Gennady Androsov 21 Soviet Union URS
4 h1 r1/2 Ilkka Suvanto 17 Finland FIN
4 h2 r1/2 Bob Sreenan 26 Great Britain GBR
4 h3 r1/2 Miguel Torres 14 Spain ESP
4 h4 r1/2 Hans-Ulrich Millow 18 Germany GER
4 h5 r1/2 Hans-Ulrich Dürst 21 Switzerland SUI
5 h1 r1/2 Alfredo Guzmán 17 Mexico MEX
5 h2 r1/2 Tin Maung Ni 22 Myanmar MYA
5 h3 r1/2 Massimo Rosi 16 Italy ITA
5 h4 r1/2 Mauricio Ocampo 19 Mexico MEX
5 h5 r1/2 Eduardo de Sousa 16 Portugal POR
6 h1 r1/2 Paolo Galletti 23 Italy ITA
6 h2 r1/2 Slobodan Kićović 19 Yugoslavia YUG
6 h3 r1/2 András Bodnár 18 Hungary HUN
6 h4 r1/2 Zakaria Nasution 16 Indonesia INA
7 h1 r1/2 Rainer Goltzsche 23 Switzerland SUI