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Swimming at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Helsinki Swimming Stadium, Helsinki
Date Started: July 31, 1952
Date Finished: August 2, 1952

Gold: USA Ford Konno
Silver: JPN Shiro Hashizume
Bronze: BRA Tetsuo Okamoto


[Hironoshin Furuhashi] of Japan had been the outstanding long distance freestyle swimmer since the last Olympics but was probably past his best by 1952. His preparations for Helsinki were ruined by a bout of malaria and his Olympic career was limited to a below-par swim in the 400m. The standard of competition was high, 400m champion [Jean Boiteux] went below the pre-Games Olympic record but failed to reach the final. The fastest qualifiers for the final were [Shiro Hashizume] of Japan and the Japanese-American [Ford Konno], another from the great Hawaiian tradition of swimmers, and these two continued their form into the final. Hashizume went off into a lead but was gradually pulled back by Konno. At 1200m Konno moved level with the Japanese swimmer and then forged ahead as Hashizume’s fast start had drained his stamina. Konno eventually finished ten seconds clear of Hashizume whilst a frantic battle for third place saw [Tetsuo Okamoto], a Brazilian of Japanese parentage, edge out the 1948 champion [Jimmy McLane] to complete an unusual “Japanese” sweep of the medals.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ford Konno 19 United States USA Gold OR
2 Shiro Hashizume 23 Japan JPN Silver
3 Tetsuo Okamoto 20 Brazil BRA Bronze
4 Jimmy McLane 21 United States USA
5 Jo Bernardo 23 France FRA
6 Yasuo Kitamura 19 Japan JPN
7 Peter Duncan 17 South Africa RSA
8 John Marshall 22 Australia AUS
1 h4 r1/2 Jean Boiteux 19 France FRA
2 h1 r1/2 Gotfryd Gremlowski 20 Poland POL
2 h2 r1/2 Heinz-Günther Lehmann 29 Germany GER
2 h3 r1/2 György Csordás 23 Hungary HUN
2 h4 r1/2 Bill Woolsey 17 United States USA
3 h1 r1/2 Tonatiuh Gutiérrez 22 Mexico MEX
3 h2 r1/2 Efrén Fierro 23 Mexico MEX
3 h3 r1/2 Yukiyoshi Aoki 17 Japan JPN
3 h4 r1/2 César Borja 17 Mexico MEX
3 h5 r1/2 Dennis Ford 21 South Africa RSA
4 h1 r1/2 Sylvio dos Santos 16 Brazil BRA
4 h2 r1/2 Garrick Agnew 21 Australia AUS
4 h3 r1/2 Endel Press 23 Soviet Union URS
4 h4 r1/2 Bob Sreenan 18 Great Britain GBR
4 h5 r1/2 Allen Gilchrist 20 Canada CAN
4 h6 r1/2 Enrique Granados 17 Spain ESP
5 h1 r1/2 Graham Johnston 22 South Africa RSA
5 h2 r1/2 Walter Schneider 24 Switzerland SUI
5 h3 r1/2 Walter Bardgett 19 Bermuda BER
5 h4 r1/2 Vladimer Lavrinenk'o 20 Soviet Union URS
5 h6 r1/2 Geoffrey Marks 20 Sri Lanka SRI
6 h1 r1/2 Gerry McNamee 18 Canada CAN
6 h2 r1/2 Muhammad Ramzan 18 Pakistan PAK
6 h3 r1/2 Sonny Monteiro 26 Hong Kong HKG
6 h4 r1/2 Cheung Kin Man 20 Hong Kong HKG
6 h6 r1/2 Robert Cook 19 Bermuda BER
7 h1 r1/2 Sambiao Basanung 30 Philippines PHI
7 h4 r1/2 Eduardo Priggione 18 Uruguay URU
7 h6 r1/2 Roar Woldum 19 Norway NOR