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Swimming at the 1924 Paris Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Tourelles Swimming Pool, Saint-Mandé
Date Started: July 16, 1924
Date Finished: July 18, 1924

Gold: USA Johnny Weissmuller
Silver: SWE Arne Borg
Bronze: AUS Boy Charlton


The 400 metres brought together 1500m champion, [Andrew “Boy” Charlton], of Australia, soon-to-be 100m champion [Johnny Weissmuller], and Sweden’s world record holder, [Arne Borg], at a distance where all were competitive. The three main protagonists soon went clear of Arne’s twin brother, [Åke Borg], and [John Hatfield] of Great Britain with Borg holding a tiny lead at quarter distance. Weissmuller surged into the lead at the 200m point but a series of poor turns allowed Borg to reclaim his former position with two lengths of the pool remaining. The two men battled fiercely in the final stages and Weissmuller only moved away from the Swede in the last twenty-five metres of the race.

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