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Swimming at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: July 28, 2012
Date Finished: July 28, 2012

Gold: CHN Sun Yang
Silver: KOR Park Tae-Hwan
Bronze: USA Peter Vanderkaay


The defending Olympic champion and 2011 World Champion was Korean [Park Tae-Hwan], although in the heats he was disqualified for a false start, but the Korean authorities appealed that decision and Park was reinstated and his time qualified him for the final. With him back in the final, he was favored, with his biggest challenger expected to be China's [Sun Yang], who had been second to Park at the 2011 Worlds, and won World titles that year at 800 and 1,500 metres. In the final Park took the lead from the start, but Sun remained close throughout. At 300 metres, Sun had pulled even and was much stronger over the final 100, finishing in 3:40.14 for an Olympic record and the gold medal, with Park trailing well back in 3:42.06 for the silver medal. American [Peter Vanderkaay], who had been fourth at Beijing and the last two World Championships, had started slowly but finished well to earn the bronze medal. Sun's time of 3:40.14 was the third fastest ever recorded, trailing only [Paul Biedermann]'s world record of 3:40.07 and the former world record, and textile best, set by [Ian Thorpe] with 3:40.08.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Sun Yang 20 China CHN Gold
2 Park Tae-Hwan 22 South Korea KOR Silver
3 Peter Vanderkaay 28 United States USA Bronze
4 Hao Yun 17 China CHN
5 Conor Dwyer 23 United States USA
6 Gergő Kis 24 Hungary HUN
7 David Carry 30 Great Britain GBR
8 Ryan Napoleon 22 Australia AUS
9 Ryan Cochrane 23 Canada CAN
10 Pál Joensen 21 Denmark DEN
11 Robbie Renwick 24 Great Britain GBR
12 Mads Glæsner 23 Denmark DEN
13 Paul Biedermann 25 Germany GER
14 David McKeon 20 Australia AUS
15 Matthew Stanley 20 New Zealand NZL
16 Cristián Quintero 19 Venezuela VEN
17 Serhiy Frolov 20 Ukraine UKR
18 Samuel Pizzetti 25 Italy ITA
19 Dominik Meichtry 27 Switzerland SUI
20T Yegor Degtyaryov 20 Russia RUS
20T Mateusz Sawrymowicz 25 Poland POL
22 Matias Koski 18 Finland FIN
23 Đorđe Marković 24 Serbia SRB
24 Juan Martín Pereyra 31 Argentina ARG
25 Heerden Herman 21 South Africa RSA
26 Mateo de Angulo 22 Colombia COL
27 Ahmed Gebrel 21 Palestine PLE
28 Allan Gutiérrez 18 Honduras HON