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Swimming at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Aquatic Centre, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Athina
Date Started: August 20, 2004
Date Finished: August 21, 2004

Gold: AUS Grant Hackett
Silver: USA Larsen Jensen
Bronze: GBR Dave Davies
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Summary

The Olympic 1500 metres freestyle has had a tendency towards champions with a greater amount of longevity than other Olympic swimming events. Vladimir Salnikov had, barring the 1984 boycott, dominated the eighties whilst Australia's Kieren Perkins had followed as him as the star of the early nineties. The most recent member of this club, Grant Hackett of Australian had been unbeatable at the distance since 1997 and would have started as an overwhelming favourite for the Olympic title had it not been for the persistent bouts of bronchial asthma that had marred his progress towards Athens. The final developed into a three-way battle between Hackett, Larsen Jensen of the USA and Great Britain's Dave Davies as the trio broke away from the rest early in the race. The Aussie gradually drew away from his two pursuers in the closing stages to retain his title in Olympic record time with Jensen holding off the challenge of Davies to earn silver. Although not known at the time Hackett was competing despite suffering from a partially collapsed lung which was operating at only three-quarter capacity.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Grant Hackett 24 Australia AUS Gold OR
2 Larsen Jensen 18 United States USA Silver
3 Dave Davies 19 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Yury Prilukov 20 Russia RUS
5 Spyros Gianniotis 24 Greece GRE
6 Graeme Smith 28 Great Britain GBR
7 Dragoş Coman 23 Romania ROU
8 Craig Stevens 24 Australia AUS
9 Paweł Korzeniowski 19 Poland POL
10 Ihor Chervynskiy 22 Ukraine UKR
11 Nicolas Rostoucher 23 France FRA
12 Christian Hein 21 Germany GER
13 Takeshi Matsuda 20 Japan JPN
14 Oussama Mellouli 20 Tunisia TUN
15 Ricardo Monasterio 25 Venezuela VEN
16 Erik Vendt 23 United States USA
17 Petar Stoychev 27 Bulgaria BUL
18 Andrew Hurd 21 Canada CAN
19 Aleksey Filipets 25 Russia RUS
20 Bojan Zdešar 19 Slovenia SLO
21 Fernando Costa 19 Portugal POR
22 Thomas Lurz 24 Germany GER
23 Gergő Kis 16 Hungary HUN
24 Christian Minotti 24 Italy ITA
25 Jo Seong-Mo 19 South Korea KOR
26 Juan Martín Pereyra 24 Argentina ARG
27 Charnvudth Saengsri 17 Thailand THA
28 Moss Burmester 23 New Zealand NZL
29 Nenad Buljan 26 Croatia CRO
30 Giancarlo Zolezzi 22 Chile CHI
31 Georgios Diamantidis 20 Greece GRE
32 Saw Yi Khy 18 Malaysia MAS
33 Xin Tong 17 China CHN
34 Miguel Mendoza 22 Philippines PHI