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Swimming at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyogijo, Shibuya, Tokyo
Date Started: October 14, 1964
Date Finished: October 15, 1964

Gold: USA Don Schollander
Silver: GER Frank Wiegand
Bronze: AUS Allan Wood

Summary

Australia’s Murray Rose had won this event in 1956 and 1960 and was still considered formidable, holding the world record of 4:13.4 at the beginning of 1964. But by 1964 he had settled in the United States, first as a student at the University of Southern California, and then as an actor in Los Angeles. He elected not to return for the Australian Trials in February, and Australian swimming officials responded by not allowing him on the Olympic team. He might have contended for gold in Tokyo, but American Don Schollander would have been difficult to beat. On 31 July he had broken Rose’s world record, posting 4:12.7, and was considered the favorite. In the final he trailed Roy Saari at 100 metres but pulled away to lead at 200 metres and then kept extending his lead, finishing in 4:12.2 to better his own world record. He was behind his world record pace at 300 metres, but finished in 1:01.7 for the record. Germany’s Frank Wiegand trailed 2.7 seconds behind for silver, with Australian Allan Wood getting bronze as Saari struggled on the final laps.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Don Schollander 18 United States USA Gold WR
2 Frank Wiegand 21 Germany GER Silver
3 Allan Wood 21 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Roy Saari 19 United States USA
5 John Nelson 16 United States USA
6 Tsuyoshi Yamanaka 25 Japan JPN
7 Russell Phegan 17 Australia AUS
8 Semyon Belits-Geyman 19 Soviet Union URS
1 h1 r1/2 Bob Windle 19 Australia AUS
2 h1 r1/2 Haruo Yoshimuta 24 Japan JPN
2 h2 r1/2 Sandy Gilchrist 18 Canada CAN
2 h3 r1/2 Johan Bontekoe 21 Netherlands NED
2 h4 r1/2 Hans Rosendahl 19 Sweden SWE
2 h5 r1/2 József Katona 23 Hungary HUN
3 h1 r1/2 Wolfgang Kremer 18 Germany GER
3 h2 r1/2 Sergio De Gregorio 18 Italy ITA
3 h3 r1/2 Yevgeny Novikov 19 Soviet Union URS
3 h4 r1/2 Ron Jacks 16 Canada CAN
3 h5 r1/2 Takeshi Yamakage 19 Japan JPN
3 h6 r1/2 Petr Lohnický 23 Czechoslovakia TCH
3 h7 r1/2 Mats Svensson 21 Sweden SWE
4 h1 r1/2 Giovanni Orlando 19 Italy ITA
4 h2 r1/2 Aleksandr Paramonov 22 Soviet Union URS
4 h3 r1/2 Carlos van der Maath 18 Argentina ARG
4 h4 r1/2 Pierpaolo Spangaro 22 Italy ITA
4 h5 r1/2 John Thurley 16 Great Britain GBR
4 h6 r1/2 Celestino Pérez 16 Puerto Rico PUR
4 h7 r1/2 Martin Klink 24 Germany GER
5 h1 r1/2 Carlos Canepa 21 Peru PER
5 h2 r1/2 Julio Arango 14 Colombia COL
5 h3 r1/2 Alan Durrett 16 Zambia ZAM
5 h4 r1/2 Tuomo Hämäläinen 19 Finland FIN
5 h5 r1/2 Slobodan Dijaković 17 Yugoslavia YUG
5 h6 r1/2 Bob Lord 19 Great Britain GBR
5 h7 r1/2 Ralph Hutton 16 Canada CAN
6 h1 r1/2 László Szlamka 21 Hungary HUN
6 h2 r1/2 Tin Maung Ni 26 Myanmar MYA
6 h3 r1/2 Aad Oudt 18 Netherlands NED
6 h4 r1/2 Gert Kölli 24 Austria AUT
6 h5 r1/2 Téodoro Capriles 19 Venezuela VEN
6 h6 r1/2 Francis Luyce 17 France FRA
6 h7 r1/2 John Martin-Dye 24 Great Britain GBR
7 h2 r1/2 Bob Loh 18 Hong Kong HKG
7 h4 r1/2 Kim Bong-Jo 18 South Korea KOR
7 h5 r1/2 Walter Ledgard, Jr. 19 Peru PER
7 h6 r1/2 Ilkka Suvanto 21 Finland FIN
7 h7 r1/2 Tan Thuan Heng 16 Malaysia MAS
8 h6 r1/2 András Bodnár 22 Hungary HUN
8 h7 r1/2 Pano Capéronis 17 Switzerland SUI