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Swimming at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Antwerp Swimming Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 22, 1920
Date Finished: August 25, 1920

Gold: USA Norman Ross
Silver: CAN George Vernot
Bronze: AUS Frank Beaurepaire


The world and Olympic record of 22:00.0 had been set at the 1912 Olympics by the Canadian gold medalist, [George Hodgson]. Hodgson competed in Antwerp, but finished last in the first semi-final and did not qualify for the final. In the Antwerp final, Hodgson’s countryman, [George Vernot], led for the first half of the race before [Norman Ross] took the lead for good at 900 metres. Ross then gradually pulled away to a comfortable victory. In addition to his gold medal, Ross was awarded possession of the Challenge Prize that had been donated by the Italian IOC Member, Count Brunetta d’Usseaux.

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