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Swimming at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Swimming Stadium, Amsterdam
Date Started: August 4, 1928
Date Finished: August 6, 1928

Gold: SWE Arne Borg
Silver: AUS Boy Charlton
Bronze: USA Buster Crabbe


[Arne Borg] would eventually set over thirty world records at a variety of distances but this victory in Amsterdam was his only Olympic gold medal though he competed in three Olympic Games. The “Swedish Sturgeon”, as he was dubbed by the press, dominated the competition from the heats and was never headed in the final as he swam away from the moment the gun sounded to finish ten seconds ahead of the “Manly Flying Fish”, Australia’s defending champion, [Andrew “Boy” Charlton]. [Clarence “Buster” Crabbe] secured the bronze though his nickname seemed tame by comparison.

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