Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Tourelles Swimming Pool, Saint-MandÃ©
Date Started: July 16, 1924
Date Finished: July 18, 1924
The 400 metres brought together 1500m champion, [Andrew âBoyâ Charlton], of Australia, soon-to-be 100m champion [Johnny Weissmuller], and Swedenâs world record holder, [Arne Borg], at a distance where all were competitive. The three main protagonists soon went clear of Arneâs twin brother, [Ã ke 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.