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Swimming at the 1908 London Summer Games:

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 21, 1908
Date Finished: July 25, 1908

Gold: GBR Henry Taylor
Silver: GBR Sydney Battersby
Bronze: ANZ Frank Beaurepaire


The favorites were again [Henry Taylor] and [Frank Beaurepaire]. Taylor had won the ASA title over one mile in 1906-1907 but Beaurepaire claimed the 1908 championship. However, in the final, the second Briton, [Sydney Battersby], led the race almost throughout. He went to the front immediately and led each lap through 1,300 metres. Taylor passed him shortly before the end of the 14th lap, and Beaurepaire was only a few yards behind, still in the race. But Taylor hung on, and held off Battersby to win by 2 yards over his countryman. Taylor then stopped, but Battersby continued to swim, as planned, and set a new world's record for one mile of 24:33.0, beating David Billington's (GBR) 1905 mark of 24:42.6.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Henry Taylor 23 Great Britain GBR Gold WR
2 Sydney Battersby 20 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Frank Beaurepaire 16 Australasia ANZ Bronze
AC r3/3 Otto Scheff 18 Austria AUT DNF
3 h1 r2/3 Willie Foster 17 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r2/3 Lewis Moist Great Britain GBR
AC h2 r2/3 John Jarvis 36 Great Britain GBR DNF
1 h1 r1/3 Paul Radmilovic 22 Great Britain GBR OR
2 h1 r1/3 Gunnar Wennerström 28 Sweden SWE
2 h2 r1/3 Sam Blatherwick 19 Great Britain GBR
2 h4 r1/3 Frank Springfield 20 Australasia ANZ
2 h5 r1/3 James Green United States USA
3 h1 r1/3 Oreste Muzzi 20 Italy ITA
3 h2 r1/3 Piet Ooms 23 Netherlands NED
3 h4 r1/3 André Theuriet 21 France FRA
3 h5 r1/3 Richard Hassell Great Britain GBR
3 h6 r1/3 Gustaf Wretman 19 Sweden SWE
4 h2 r1/3 Wille Andersson 17 Sweden SWE
AC h6 r1/3 Eduard Meijer 30 Netherlands NED DNF