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Swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Bernat Picornell Pools, Barcelona
Date Started: July 30, 1992
Date Finished: July 31, 1992

Gold: AUS Kieren Perkins
Silver: AUS Glen Housman
Bronze: GER Jörg Hoffmann

Summary

The two favorites were Australia’s Kieren Perkins and German [Jörg Hoffmann]. At the 1991 World Championships, they had dueled with Hoffmann winning in a world record 14:50.36, only 0.22 ahead of Perkins. At the Australian Olympic Trials in Canberra in April 1992, Perkins bettered that record with 14:48.40. But in Barcelona the race was not close as Perkins started out at what seemed an insane pace, recording 55.30 for the opening 100, and 3:51.59 for 400. At 800 metres he was only 1.67 seconds off his world record for that distance, and he led by almost 20 metres. He slowed slightly from there, but won gold easily in a world record 14:43.48, with silver going to his teammate Glen Housman, the 1989 Pan Pacific and 1990 Commonwealth champion, who was almost 12 seconds back. Hoffmann finished third, unable to better 15 minutes.\n\nPerkins would defend his gold medal in Atlanta and return at Sydney to add a silver medal in the event. He would also set one more world record in the event, 14:41.66 at the 1994 Commonwealth Games, in which his 800 split also bettered the world mark for that distance.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kieren Perkins 18 Australia AUS Gold WR
2 Glen Housman 20 Australia AUS Silver
3 Jörg Hoffmann 22 Germany GER Bronze
4 Stefan Pfeiffer 26 Germany GER
5 Ian Wilson 21 Great Britain GBR
6 Igor Majcen 22 Slovenia SLO
7 Lawrence Frostad 25 United States USA
8 Viktor Andreyev 18 Unified Team EUN
9 Piotr Albiński 22 Poland POL
10 Mariusz Podkościelny 24 Poland POL
11 Sergio Roura 19 Spain ESP
12 Sean Killion 24 United States USA
13 Piermaria Siciliano 18 Italy ITA
14 Christophe Marchand 19 France FRA
15 Christopher Bowie 25 Canada CAN
16 Masashi Kato 21 Japan JPN
17 Artur Costa 22 Portugal POR
18 Andrés Minelli 21 Argentina ARG
19 Stephen Akers 21 Great Britain GBR
20 Jeffrey Ong 20 Malaysia MAS
21 Zoltán Szilágyi 25 Hungary HUN
22 Hicham El-Masry 19 Syria SYR
23 David McLellan 18 Canada CAN
24 Jorge Herrera 19 Puerto Rico PUR
25 Alejandro Bermúdez 17 Colombia COL
26 Bang Seung-Hun 16 South Korea KOR
27 Ratapong Sirasanont 16 Thailand THA
28 Benoît Fleurot 19 Mauritius MRI
29 Helder Torres 17 Guatemala GUA
30 Hussein Al-Sadiq 20 Saudi Arabia KSA