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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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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Arne Borg 26 Sweden SWE Gold OR
2 Boy Charlton 20 Australia AUS Silver
3 Buster Crabbe 20 United States USA Bronze
4 Ray Ruddy 16 United States USA
5 Alberto Zorrilla 22 Argentina ARG
6 Garnet Ault 22 Canada CAN
4 h1 r2/3 Nobuo Arai Japan JPN
4 h2 r2/3 Giuseppe Perentin 22 Italy ITA
AC h1 r2/3 Takaji Takebayashi 18 Japan JPN DNF
1 h1 r1/3 Austin Clapp 17 United States USA
1 h3 r1/3 Katsuo Takaishi 21 Japan JPN
3 h1 r1/3 Jimmy Thompson 21 Canada CAN
3 h2 r1/3 Dick de Man 19 Netherlands NED
3 h3 r1/3 Václav Antoš 23 Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h1 r1/3 Giovanni Gambi 20 Italy ITA
4 h2 r1/3 David Lindsay 21 New Zealand NZL
4 h5 r1/3 Walter Handschuhmacher 24 Germany GER
5 h1 r1/3 Jean Taris 18 France FRA
5 h5 r1/3 Taburan Tamse Philippines PHI