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Swimming at the 1924 Paris Summer Games:

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Tourelles Swimming Pool, Saint-Mandé
Date Started: July 13, 1924
Date Finished: July 15, 1924

Gold: AUS Boy Charlton
Silver: SWE Arne Borg
Bronze: AUS Frank Beaurepaire


[Andrew “Boy” Charlton], had emerged as a contender for Olympic honours early in 1924, when the 16 year old had defeated Sweden’s [Arne Borg], in a 440yd race that caused a sensation in Charlton’s native Australia. At Paris the two men resumed their rivalry, firstly Charlton won his heat in an Olympic record time then, in the next heat, the Swede took four seconds off his own records. They met at semi final stage with Charlton taking a clear victory but the times were slower than the heats and many felt Borg was holding back his efforts until the final. Borg certainly went quicker in the final, taking over half a minute off his world record but Charlton had long finished by then. The Australian’s time of 20 minutes 6.6 seconds was over a minute inside the old world record. [Frank Beaurepaire] of Australia took the bronze medal, repeating his achievements of 1908 and 1920 in this event.

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