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Swimming at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Individual Medley

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Aquatic Centre, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Athina
Date Started: August 14, 2004
Date Finished: August 14, 2004

Gold: USA Michael Phelps
Silver: USA Erik Vendt
Bronze: HUN László Cseh, Jr.

Summary

This was the first swimming event to be concluded in Athens and also marked the first final of Michael Phelps' epic attempt to win an unprecedented eight gold medals at a single Olympic celebration. Fortunately for Phelps this first final was possibly his strongest ever of the entire Games and therefore it came as little surprise when he blazed away into the lead. By the 200 metre mark he had a wide lead over László Cseh, Jr. and was well under the world record splits. Phelps eventually finished in world record time with compatriot Erik Vendt overhauling Cseh for silver in the final length of freestyle.

Phelps retained this title in Beijing but failed to win a medal in 2012 where he placed fourth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Michael Phelps 19 United States USA Gold WR
2 Erik Vendt 23 United States USA Silver
3 László Cseh, Jr. 18 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Alessio Boggiatto 23 Italy ITA
5 Oussama Mellouli 20 Tunisia TUN
6 Ioannis Kokkodis 23 Greece GRE
7 Jiro Miki 21 Japan JPN
8 Travis Nederpelt 19 Australia AUS
9 Ioannis Drymonakos 20 Greece GRE
10 Luca Marin 18 Italy ITA
11 Justin Norris 24 Australia AUS
12 Robin Francis 22 Great Britain GBR
13 Dean Kent 25 New Zealand NZL
14 Wu Peng 17 China CHN
15 Brian Johns 22 Canada CAN
16 Keith Beavers 21 Canada CAN
17 Thiago Pereira 18 Brazil BRA
18 Susumu Tabuchi 24 Japan JPN
19 Lucas Salatta 17 Brazil BRA
20 Kim Bang-Hyeon 25 South Korea KOR
21 Igor Berezutsky 20 Russia RUS
22 Jeremy Knowles 22 Bahamas BAH
23 Adrian Turner 27 Great Britain GBR
24 Aleksey Kovrigin 23 Russia RUS
25 Bradley Ally 17 Barbados BAR
26 Dmytro Nazarenko 23 Ukraine UKR
27 Vytautas Janušaitis 22 Lithuania LTU
28 Liu Weijia 15 China CHN
29 Yves Platel 26 Switzerland SUI
30 Guntars Deičmans 21 Latvia LAT
31 Marko Milenkovič 28 Slovenia SLO
32 Saša Imprić 18 Croatia CRO
33 Drew MacKay 18 Cayman Islands CAY
34 Miguel Molina 20 Philippines PHI
35 Lin Yu-An 15 Chinese Taipei TPE
36 Nikita Polyakov 18 Uzbekistan UZB