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Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Hall, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: September 3, 1972
Date Finished: September 4, 1972

Gold: USA Mike Burton
Silver: AUS Graham Windeatt
Bronze: USA Doug Northway


[Mike Burton] was the defending champion but his teammate, [Rick DeMont], had defeated him at the US Trials in Chicago and set a world record of 15:52.91. DeMont qualified for the final on the morning of 3 September, but then came news that he was disqualified after testing positive for a banned substance that had been found from his urine test after the 400 metre freestyle, in which he seemingly won gold. This allowed Mexican [Guillermo García] to advance to the final of the 1,500, although had originally place ninth in the heats. In the final Burton went out fast and took the lead on the first lap, but Australia’s [Graham Windeatt] stayed close and took the lead back at 800 metres, increasing it to 1½ bodylengths by 1,000 metres. His pace was almost suicidal as at 900 metres he was six seconds ahead of DeMont’s world record pace, allowing Burton to gradually cut into Windeatt’s lead, pulling ahead at 1,300 metres, and increasing the lead to four full bodylengths at the finish, six seconds behind. American [Doug Northway] came in well back for the bronze medal. García finished last in the final. Burton finished in 15:52.58 to narrowly better DeMont’s world record.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mike Burton 25 United States USA Gold WR
2 Graham Windeatt 18 Australia AUS Silver
3 Doug Northway 17 United States USA Bronze
4 Bengt Gingsjö 20 Sweden SWE
5 Graham White 21 Australia AUS
6 Mark Treffers 18 New Zealand NZL
7 Brad Cooper 18 Australia AUS
8 Guillermo García 16 Mexico MEX
1 h1 r1/2 Hans Faßnacht 21 West Germany FRG OR
1 h6 r1/2 Ton van Klooster 18 Netherlands NED
2 h1 r1/2 Peter Rosenkranz 19 West Germany FRG
2 h6 r1/2 Axel Freudenberg 18 East Germany GDR
3 h1 r1/2 François Deley 16 Belgium BEL
3 h2 r1/2 Anders Bellbring 20 Sweden SWE
3 h3 r1/2 Brian Brinkley 18 Great Britain GBR
3 h4 r1/2 Dusan Grozaj 17 West Germany FRG
3 h5 r1/2 Klaus Dockhorn 19 East Germany GDR
3 h6 r1/2 Zoltán Verrasztó 16 Hungary HUN
4 h1 r1/2 Jim Carter 15 Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r1/2 Deane Buckboro 18 Canada CAN
4 h3 r1/2 Alberto García 15 Mexico MEX
4 h4 r1/2 Vincenzo Finocchiaro 19 Italy ITA
4 h5 r1/2 Jo O-Ryeon 19 South Korea KOR
4 h6 r1/2 Władysław Wojtakajtis 23 Poland POL
5 h1 r1/2 Sergio Irredento 19 Italy ITA
5 h2 r1/2 Gerardo Vera 17 Venezuela VEN
5 h3 r1/2 Jorge Jaramillo 16 Colombia COL
5 h4 r1/2 Tomas Becerra 18 Colombia COL
5 h5 r1/2 Aleksandr Samsonov 19 Soviet Union URS
5 h6 r1/2 Christoph Kreienbühl 17 Switzerland SUI
6 h1 r1/2 Friðrik Guðmundsson 17 Iceland ISL
6 h2 r1/2 Gustavo González 19 Argentina ARG
6 h3 r1/2 Eugen Almer 19 Romania ROU
6 h4 r1/2 Alfredo Carlos Machado 19 Brazil BRA
6 h5 r1/2 Kamal Kenawi Ali Moustafa 16 Egypt EGY
6 h6 r1/2 Csaba Sós 15 Hungary HUN
7 h1 r1/2 Edwin Borja 14 Philippines PHI
7 h4 r1/2 Guillermo Pacheco 17 Peru PER
7 h5 r1/2 Neil Dexter 17 Great Britain GBR
8 h4 r1/2 Dae Imlani 18 Philippines PHI
8 h5 r1/2 Brian Clifford 16 Ireland IRL
AC h6 r1/2 Dimitrios Theodoropoulos 17 Greece GRE DQ
AC h6 r1/2 Rick DeMont 16 United States USA DQ