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Swimming at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Aquatics Centre, Beijing Olympic Green, Beijing
Date Started: August 9, 2008
Date Finished: August 10, 2008

Gold: KOR Park Tae-Hwan
Silver: CHN Zhang Lin
Bronze: USA Larsen Jensen

Summary

The 400 freestyle at the Beijing Olympics promised to be a clash between the old and the new. The old guard was represented by 28-year-old Australian Grant Hackett in his third Olympic Games whilst the standard bearer for the new generation was the teenaged Korean Park Tae-Hwan who had upset Hackett to win the world title in 2007. Hackett led in the early stages but Park took control of the final by the half way mark and was clear with a hundred metres to go. As the race neared its end Park's lead was reduced by the fast finishing Zhang Lin but, although roared on by the home crowd, the Chinese swimmer could not catch the Korean. Park's victory was the first by a Korean swimmer at Olympic level. As Hackett faded back to sixth Larsen Jensen of the USA moved through to claim the bronze medal. This event was one of the few in Beijing that did not see the world record broken. The record, held by Ian Thorpe, would last another year.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Park Tae-Hwan 18 South Korea KOR Gold
2 Zhang Lin 21 China CHN Silver
3 Larsen Jensen 22 United States USA Bronze
4 Peter Vanderkaay 24 United States USA
5 Oussama Mellouli 24 Tunisia TUN
6 Grant Hackett 28 Australia AUS
7 Yury Prilukov 24 Russia RUS
8 Nikita Lobintsev 19 Russia RUS
9 Ryan Cochrane 19 Canada CAN
10 Takeshi Matsuda 24 Japan JPN
11 Federico Colbertaldo 19 Italy ITA
12 Mads Glæsner 19 Denmark DEN
13 Massimiliano Rosolino 30 Italy ITA
14 Nicolas Rostoucher 27 France FRA
15 David Carry 26 Great Britain GBR
16 Serhiy Fesenko 26 Ukraine UKR
17 Dragoş Coman 27 Romania ROU
18 Paul Biedermann 21 Germany GER
19 Przemysław Stańczyk 23 Poland POL
20 David Brandl 21 Austria AUT
21 Dean Milwain 21 Great Britain GBR
22 Paweł Korzeniowski 23 Poland POL
23 Sébastien Rouault 22 France FRA
24 Spyros Gianniotis 28 Greece GRE
25 Craig Stevens 28 Australia AUS
26 Gard Kvale 24 Norway NOR
27 Dominik Meichtry 23 Switzerland SUI
28 Sun Yang 16 China CHN
29 Christian Kubusch 20 Germany GER
30 Jean Basson 20 South Africa RSA
31 Daniele Tirabassi 21 Venezuela VEN
32 Balázs Gercsák 21 Hungary HUN
33 Květoslav Svoboda 25 Czech Republic CZE
34 Jon Rud 22 Denmark DEN
35 Juan Martín Pereyra 27 Argentina ARG
36 Oleg Rabota 18 Kazakhstan KAZ