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Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 3, 2012
Date Finished: August 4, 2012

Gold: CHN Sun Yang
Silver: CAN Ryan Cochrane
Bronze: TUN Oussama Mellouli


China's [Sun Yang] was heavily favored, having won World titles in 2011 in the 800 and 1,500 metres. His 2011 championship in this event was done in the world record time of 14:34.14. Coming into this event he had already won a gold medal in London in the 400 metres. He qualified easily in this event but then in the final strangely jumped into the water ahead of the signal, but what seemed to be a false start was waved off as due to crowd noise. On the second start he moved into the lead early and was never challenged. At 400 metres he was 1.23 seconds ahead of his world record split from the Shanghai Worlds. At 1,000 metres Sun was over five seconds ahead of Canadian [Ryan Cochrane], the 2008 bronze medalist, with the defending champion, [Oussama Mellouli], who was fighting off a shoulder injury, moving into third place. [Park Tae-Hwan], the Korean gold medalist at 400 metres in 2008, and runner-up in that event to Sun in London, was also close to a medal position.

But the race belonged only to Sun. He did not slow at all, finishing in 14:31.02 to easily better his own world record and win the gold medal by over eight seconds, as Cochrane came in second in 14:39.63, with Mellouli winning a second consecutive medal in the event in 14:40.31. Park had nothing left, and dropped well back of Mellouli, but still finished fourth. Mellouli would come back in a few days and win the 10 km open-water swim, the first ever swimmer to win gold medals both in the pool and open-water. Sun's win made him the seventh swimmer to win both the 400 and 1,500 metre freestyles at one Games.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Sun Yang 20 China CHN Gold
2 Ryan Cochrane 23 Canada CAN Silver
3 Oussama Mellouli 28 Tunisia TUN Bronze
4 Park Tae-Hwan 22 South Korea KOR
5 Gregorio Paltrinieri 17 Italy ITA
6 Connor Jaeger 21 United States USA
7 Mateusz Sawrymowicz 25 Poland POL
8 Daniel Fogg 24 Great Britain GBR
9 Andrew Gemmell 21 United States USA
10 Serhiy Frolov 20 Ukraine UKR
11 Job Kienhuis 22 Netherlands NED
12 Gergely Gyurta 20 Hungary HUN
13 Gabriele Detti 17 Italy ITA
14 Damien Joly 20 France FRA
15 Dai Jun 20 China CHN
16 Dave Davies 27 Great Britain GBR
17 Pál Joensen 21 Denmark DEN
18 Jarrod Poort 17 Australia AUS
19 Gergő Kis 24 Hungary HUN
20 Anthony Pannier 23 France FRA
21 Heerden Herman 21 South Africa RSA
22 Arturo Pérez Vertti 20 Mexico MEX
23 Alejandro Gómez 27 Venezuela VEN
24 Jan Micka 17 Czech Republic CZE
25 Anton Sveinn McKee 18 Iceland ISL
26 Ediz Yıldırımer 18 Turkey TUR
27 Matias Koski 18 Finland FIN
28 Ventsislav Aydarski 21 Bulgaria BUL
29 Juan Martín Pereyra 31 Argentina ARG
30 Vladimir Zhigaryov 20 Belarus BLR
31 Gagan Ullalmath 20 India IND