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Swimming at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Pool, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 22, 1976
Date Finished: July 22, 1976

Gold: USA Brian Goodell
Silver: USA Tim Shaw
Bronze: URS Volodymyr Raskatov

Summary

Tim Shaw had been the world’s top swimmer in 1975, winning the 200, 400, and 1,500 freestyles at the 1975 World Championships, but 1976 had been difficult for him. He had problems with his shoulders and a case of anemia and never again reached the form of 1975. He had set four world records in the event in 1974-75, but his mark was bettered at the US Trials in June 1976 by Brian Goodell, where he had out-dueled Shaw. The final in Montréal was more of the same, as the two matched stroke-for-stroke for 300 metres, going out at world record pace. On the penultimate lap, Goodell finally opened some water, leading Shaw by a stroke at the final turn. Shaw hung on for the next 25 metres, but then Goodell opened up further to win by half-a-bodylength in a world record 3:51.93, over a second ahead of the time he had set at the Trials. This was Goodell’s second gold medal in Montréal, having won the 1,500 metres two days before.\n\nSoviet [Vladimir Raskatov] placed third, well back in 3:55.76. Raskatov was the European record holder coming into the 1976 Games, but as David Wallechinsky has noted in his book The Complete Book of the Olympic Games, his European record would not have even qualified him for the final of the US Olympic Trials in 1976.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Brian Goodell 17 United States USA Gold WR
2 Tim Shaw 18 United States USA Silver
3 Volodymyr Raskatov 18 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Djan Madruga 17 Brazil BRA
5 Steve Holland 18 Australia AUS
6 Sándor Nagy 15 Hungary HUN
7 Vladimir Mikheyev 19 Soviet Union URS
8 Steve Badger 19 Canada CAN
1 h1 r1/2 Pierre Andraca 17 France FRA
2 h1 r1/2 Brett Naylor 19 New Zealand NZL
2 h2 r1/2 Frank Pfütze 17 East Germany GDR
2 h3 r1/2 Bill Sawchuk 17 Canada CAN
2 h5 r1/2 Casey Converse 18 United States USA
2 h6 r1/2 Zoltán Wladár 16 Hungary HUN
3 h1 r1/2 Rainer Strohbach 18 East Germany GDR
3 h2 r1/2 Tom Alexander 18 Canada CAN
3 h3 r1/2 István Koczka 17 Hungary HUN
3 h4 r1/2 Henk Elzerman 17 Netherlands NED
3 h5 r1/2 Alan McClatchey 19 Great Britain GBR
3 h6 r1/2 Gordon Downie 21 Great Britain GBR
3 h7 r1/2 Max Metzker 16 Australia AUS
4 h1 r1/2 Stefan Wenz 19 West Germany FRG
4 h2 r1/2 Bengt Jönsson 20 Sweden SWE
4 h3 r1/2 Peter Pettersson 18 Sweden SWE
4 h4 r1/2 Vladimir Salnikov 16 Soviet Union URS
4 h5 r1/2 Werner Lampe 25 West Germany FRG
4 h6 r1/2 Bengt Gingsjö 24 Sweden SWE
4 h7 r1/2 René van der Kuil 20 Netherlands NED
5 h1 r1/2 Kevin Williamson 17 Ireland IRL
5 h2 r1/2 Borut Petrič 15 Yugoslavia YUG
5 h3 r1/2 Graham Windeatt 21 Australia AUS
5 h4 r1/2 Georgios Karpouzis 18 Greece GRE
5 h5 r1/2 Arne Borgstrøm 17 Norway NOR
5 h6 r1/2 Johan Van Steenberghe 19 Belgium BEL
5 h7 r1/2 David López-Zubero 17 Spain ESP
6 h1 r1/2 Sigurður Ólafsson 21 Iceland ISL
6 h2 r1/2 Lutz Löscher 16 East Germany GDR
6 h3 r1/2 Frank Richardson 14 Nicaragua NCA
6 h4 r1/2 Andreas Schmidt 16 West Germany FRG
6 h5 r1/2 Gerhard Waldmann 17 Switzerland SUI
6 h6 r1/2 Francisco Cañales 18 Puerto Rico PUR
6 h7 r1/2 Andy Knowles 21 Bahamas BAH
7 h2 r1/2 Kris Sumono 17 Indonesia INA
7 h4 r1/2 Rui Abreu 15 Portugal POR
7 h5 r1/2 Edwin Borja 18 Philippines PHI
7 h7 r1/2 Tomas Becerra 22 Colombia COL
8 h7 r1/2 Patrick Novaretti 19 Monaco MON