Swimming at the 1924 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay

The men's 4×200 metre freestyle relay was a swimming event held as part of the swimming at the 1924 Summer Olympics programme.[2] It was the fourth appearance of the event, which had been established in 1908. The competition was held from Friday to Sunday, 18 to 20 July 1924.

Men's 4×200 metre freestyle relay
at the Games of the VIII Olympiad
Date18–20 July
Competitors57 from 13 nations
Medalists
Ralph Breyer, Harry Glancy, Dick Howell, Wally O'Connor, Lester Smith,[1] Johnny Weissmuller
 United States
Frank Beaurepaire, Boy Charlton, Moss Christie, Ernest Henry, Ivan Stedman
 Australia
Åke Borg, Arne Borg, Thor Henning, Gösta Persson, Orvar Trolle, Georg Werner
 Sweden

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1924 Summer Olympics.

World Record 10:04.4 Perry McGillivray
Pua Kealoha
Norman Ross
Duke Kahanamoku
Antwerp (BEL) 29 August 1920
Olympic Record 10:04.4 Perry McGillivray
Pua Kealoha
Norman Ross
Duke Kahanamoku
Antwerp (BEL) 29 August 1920

The United States with the line-up Ralph Breyer, Harry Glancy, Dick Howell, and Wally O'Connor broke the world record and the ten-minute barrier in the semifinal with a time of 9:59.4 minutes. In the final when Johnny Weissmuller replaced Howell, the Americans improved their time again to 9:53.4 minutes.

Results

Heats

The fastest two teams in each heat and the fastest third-placed from across the heats advanced.

Heat 1

PlaceSwimmersTimeQual.
1 Ralph Breyer, Harry Glancy, Dick Howell, and Wally O'Connor (USA)10:41.6QQ
2 Luigi Bacigalupo, Agostino Frassinetti, Gianni Patrignani, Emilio Polli (ITA)11:05.2QQ
3 Ivo Arčanin, Ante Roje, Vlado Smokvina, Atilije Venturini (YUG)12:02.4
4 Ramón Berdomás, Pedro Méndez, Julio Peredejordi, José Manuel Pinillo (ESP)12:02.4

Heat 2

PlaceSwimmersTimeQual.
1 Thor Henning, Gösta Persson, Orvar Trolle, Georg Werner (SWE)11:15.4QQ
2 Gé Dekker, Otto Hoogesteyn, Sjaak Köhler, Frits Schutte (NED)11:35.6QQ

Heat 3

PlaceSwimmersTimeQual.
1 Moss Christie, Frank Beaurepaire, Ernest Henry, and Ivan Stedman (AUS)10:21.2QQ
2 Torahiko Miyahata, Kazuo Noda, Kazuo Onoda, Katsuo Takaishi (JPN)10:24.2QQ
3 Václav Antoš, Stanislav Bičák, Viktor Légat, Rudolf Piowatý (TCH)11:12.8qq
4 Juan Behrensen, Tomás Jones, Jorge Moreau, Alberto Zorrilla (ARG)11:25.0

Heat 4

PlaceSwimmersTimeQual.
1 Guy Middleton, Henri Padou, Édouard Vanzeveren, Émile Zeibig (FRA)10:41.4QQ
2 Harold Annison, Albert Dickin, Edward Peter, Leslie Savage (GBR)10:52.6QQ
3 A. Buydens, Joseph Callens, Émile Thienpondt, Martial van Schelle (BEL)11:14.8

Semifinals

The fastest two teams in each semi-final and the faster of the two third-placed teams advanced to the final.

Sweden replaced Thor Henning and Gösta Persson with Arne Borg and Åke Borg and Great Britain replaced Leslie Savage with John Thomson. Both teams advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

PlaceSwimmersTimeQual.
1 Moss Christie, Frank Beaurepaire, Ernest Henry, and Ivan Stedman (AUS)10:27.0QF
2 Harold Annison, Albert Dickin, Edward Peter, John Thomson (GBR)10:31.2QF
3 Guy Middleton, Henri Padou, Édouard van Zeveren, Émile Zeibig (FRA)10:39.4
4 Gé Dekker, Otto Hoogesteyn, Sjaak Köhler, Frits Schutte (NED)11:29.0
  (TCH)DNS

Semifinal 2

PlaceSwimmersTimeQual.
1 Ralph Breyer, Harry Glancy, Dick Howell, and Wally O'Connor (USA)9:59.4QF WR
2 Arne Borg, Åke Borg, Orvar Trolle, Georg Werner (SWE)10:08.2QF
3 Torahiko Miyahata, Kazuo Noda, Kazuo Onoda, Katsuo Takaishi (JPN)10:12.4qf
4 Luigi Bacigalupo, Agostino Frassinetti, Gianni Patrignani, Emilio Polli (ITA)11:00.4

Final

In the final Johnny Weissmuller replaced Dick Howell in the American team and Boy Charlton replaced Ivan Stedman in the Australian team.

PlaceSwimmersTime
1 Ralph Breyer, Harry Glancy, Wally O'Connor, and Johnny Weissmuller (USA)9:53.4 WR
2 Boy Charlton, Moss Christie, Frank Beaurepaire, and Ernest Henry (AUS)10:02.2
3 Arne Borg, Åke Borg, Orvar Trolle, Georg Werner (SWE)10:06.8
4 Torahiko Miyahata, Kazuo Noda, Kazuo Onoda, Katsuo Takaishi (JPN)10:15.2
5 Harold Annison, Albert Dickin, Edward Peter, John Thomson (GBR)10:29.4

References

  1. The International Olympic Committee medal database shows Lester Smith as gold medalist in this competition as a team member even though he did not participate in this event.
  2. "Swimming at the 1924 Paris Summer Games: Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay". Sports Reference. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
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