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Men's 400 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Competitors 47 from 39 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    Australia
Silver medal    Australia
Bronze medal    United States
«2000 2008»
Swimming events at the
2004 Summer Olympics
Swimming pictogram.svg
Freestyle
50 m   men   women
100 m men women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Breaststroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Butterfly
100 m men women
200 m men women
Individual medley
200 m men women
400 m men women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m men women
4×200 m men women
Medley relay
4×100 m men women

The Men's 400 metre freestyle event was on of sixteen events for male swimmers at the 2004 Olympics.

Records

World Record Ian Thorpe (AUS) Manchester, England 3:40.08 30 July 2002
Olympic Record Ian Thorpe (AUS) Sydney, Australia 3:40.59 16 September 2000

Pre Olympic buildup

In late March 2004 at the Australian Championships in Sydney, the defending champion Ian Thorpe overbalanced whilst on the blocks in the heats of the 400 m freestyle and fell into the water, resulting in his disqualification and ending the defense of his Olympic 400 m title.[1] This resulted in a large debate among the swimming and public community as to whether Thorpe should be given an exception to Australia's policy of selecting the first and second place getters, with Prime Minister of Australia John Howard describing the situation as a "tragedy".[2] Despite the intense media spotlight, Thorpe managed to win the 100 m and 200 m freestyle events in times of 48.83s and 1 min 45.07s respectively to ensure his selection for Athens. Craig Stevens, who had claimed the second qualifying position in the 400 m event, subsequently faced immense public pressure to relinquish his position to Thorpe, and later did so in a television interview for which he was paid.[1] This generated ethical debate as to whether Stevens' decision had been bought, and criticism against Thorpe.[3][4]

Thorpe's increasing focus on the 100 m event, coupled with the media pressure, resulted in speculation that he was vulnerable to Hackett in the 400 m event. Thorpe safely qualified for the 400 m final behind Hackett in the heats.[5]

Final

There was a slow start in the final, with Thorpe reaching the 100 m mark one second outside world record pace with a narrow lead. In a topsy-turvy performance at irregular pace, Thorpe was passed by Klete Keller by the 150 m mark before accelerating again to reclaim the lead by the 200 m mark. Thorpe kept Hackett and Keller at around half a body length up to the 300 m mark, before breaking to a body-length lead by 350 m. However, he could not produce his trademark finishing kick and was closed down by Hackett, holding on by only 0.26  in a time three seconds outside his own world record. Thorpe appeared to shed tears in an uncharacteristic sign of emotion, admitting afterwards that the controversy surrounding the event had taken a toll on him, but denying that any liquid had left his eyes.[6][7]

Notes

Japanese swimmer Takeshi Matsuda broke the Asian record for this distance in both the qualifying heats and the final.

Heats

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Heat 1

  1. Miguel Mendoza, Philippines — 4:01.99
  2. Te Tung Chen, Chinese Taipei — 4:03.71
  3. Emanuele Nicolini, San Marino — 4:08.28
  4. Anas Sameer N H Abuyousuf, Qatar — 4:11.99
  5. Vasilii Danilov, Kyrgyzstan — 4:15.32
  6. Sergey Tsoy, Uzbekistan — 4:16.91
  7. Neil Agius, Malta — 4:22.14

Heat 2

  1. Flag of Chile.svg Giancarlo Zolezzi, Chile 3:56.52
  2. Flag of New Zealand.svg Moss Burmester, New Zealand 3:57.29
  3. Flag of Bulgaria.svg Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria 3:59.86
  4. Flag of Thailand.svg Charnvudth Saengsri, Thailand 3:59.89
  5. Flag of Moldova.svg Victor Rogut, Republic of Moldova 4:01.68
  6. Flag of Croatia.svg Nenad Buljan, Croatia 4:02.76
  7. Flag of Uruguay.svg Martin Kutscher, Uruguay 4:03.21
  8. Flag of Turkey.svg Aytekin Mindan, Turkey 4:06.85

Heat 3

  1. Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Lin Zhang, China 3:56.65
  2. Flag of Argentina.svg Juan Martin Pereyra, Argentina 3:57.26
  3. Flag of Mexico.svg Leonardo Salinas Saldana, Mexico 3:58.36
  4. Flag of Algeria.svg Mahrez Mebarek, Algeria 3:59.10
  5. Flag of Slovenia.svg Bojan Zdešar, Slovenia 3:59.38
  6. Flag of Brazil.svg Bruno Bonfim, Brazil 3:59.96
  7. Flag of Hungary.svg Boldizsar Kiss, Hungary 4:02.87
  8. Flag of South Korea.svg Tae Hwan Park, Korea Disqualified or excluded

Heat 4

  1. Flag of Italy.svg Massimiliano Rosolino, Italy 3:47.72 -Q
  2. Flag of the United States.svg Klete Keller, United States 3:47.77 -Q
  3. Flag of France.svg Nicolas Rostoucher, France 3:50.73
  4. Flag of Canada.svg Andrew Hurd, Canada 3:50.81
  5. Flag of Germany.svg Heiko Hell, Germany 3:52.06
  6. Flag of Ukraine.svg Serhii Phyesenko, Ukraine 3:53.41
  7. Flag of Venezuela 1930-2006.svg Ricardo Monasterio, Venezuela 3:54.41
  8. Flag of Greece.svg Dimitrios Manganas, Greece 3:54.78

Heat 5

  1. Flag of Australia.svg Grant Hackett, Australia 3:46.36 -Q
  2. Flag of Russia.svg Yuri Prilukov, Russia 3:48.71 -Q
  3. Flag of Japan.svg Takeshi Matsuda, Japan 3:49.05 -Q
  4. Flag of Poland.svg Łukasz Drzewiński, Poland 3:50.97
  5. Flag of Denmark.svg Jacob Carstensen, Denmark 3:51.09
  6. Flag of Romania.svg Dragos Coman, Romania 3:51.73
  7. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Adam Faulkner, Great Britain 3:51.97
  8. Flag of Canada.svg Mark Johnston, Canada 3:54.27

Heat 6

  1. Flag of Australia.svg Ian Thorpe, Australia 3:46.55 -Q
  2. Flag of the United States.svg Larsen Jensen, United States 3:46.90 -Q
  3. Flag of Greece.svg Spyridon Gianniotis, Greece 3:48.77 -Q
  4. Flag of Poland.svg Przemysław Stańczyk, Poland 3:49.22
  5. Flag of Germany.svg Christian Hein, Germany 3:49.66
  6. Flag of Italy.svg Emiliano Brembilla, Italy 3:50.55
  7. Flag of Spain.svg Marcos Rivera, Spain 3:52.39
  8. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Graeme Smith, Great Britain 3:52.41

Heat rankings

Grant Hackett, fastest qualifier
  1. Flag of Australia.svg Grant Hackett, Australia 3:46.36 -Q
  2. Flag of Australia.svg Ian Thorpe, Australia 3:46.55 -Q
  3. Flag of the United States.svg Larsen Jensen, United States 3:46.90 -Q
  4. Flag of Italy.svg Massimiliano Rosolino, Italy 3:47.72 -Q
  5. Flag of the United States.svg Klete Keller, United States 3:47.77 -Q
  6. Flag of Russia.svg Yuri Prilukov, Russia 3:48.71 -Q
  7. Flag of Greece.svg Spyridon Gianniotis, Greece 3:48.77 -Q
  8. Flag of Japan.svg Takeshi Matsuda, Japan 3:49.05 -Q Asian Record
  9. Flag of Poland.svg Przemysław Stańczyk, Poland 3:49.22
  10. Flag of Germany.svg Christian Hein, Germany 3:49.66
  11. Flag of Italy.svg Emiliano Brembilla, Italy 3:50.55
  12. Flag of France.svg Nicolas Rostoucher, France 3:50.73
  13. Flag of Canada.svg Andrew Hurd, Canada 3:50.81
  14. Flag of Poland.svg Łukasz Drzewiński, Poland 3:50.97
  15. Flag of Denmark.svg Jacob Carstensen, Denmark 3:51.09
  16. Flag of Romania.svg Dragos Coman, Romania 3:51.73
  17. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Adam Faulkner, Great Britain 3:51.97
  18. Flag of Germany.svg Heiko Hell, Germany 3:52.06
  19. Flag of Spain.svg Marcos Rivera, Spain 3:52.39
  20. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Graeme Smith, Great Britain 3:52.41
  21. Flag of Ukraine.svg Serhii Phyesenko, Ukraine 3:53.41
  22. Flag of Canada.svg Mark Johnston, Canada 3:54.27
  23. Flag of Venezuela 1930-2006.svg Ricardo Monasterio, Venezuela 3:54.41
  24. Flag of Greece.svg Dimitrios Manganas, Greece 3:54.78
  25. Flag of Chile.svg Giancarlo Zolezzi, Chile 3:56.52
  26. Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Lin Zhang, China 3:56.65
  27. Flag of Argentina.svg Juan Martin Pereyra, Argentina 3:57.26
  28. Flag of New Zealand.svg Moss Burmester, New Zealand 3:57.29
  29. Flag of Mexico.svg Leonardo Salinas Saldana, Mexico 3:58.36
  30. Flag of Algeria.svg Mahrez Mebarek, Algeria 3:59.10
  31. Flag of Slovenia.svg Bojan Zdesar, Slovenia 3:59.38
  32. Flag of Bulgaria.svg Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria 3:59.86
  33. Flag of Thailand.svg Charnvudth Saengsri, Thailand 3:59.89
  34. Flag of Brazil.svg Bruno Bonfim, Brazil 3:59.96
  35. Flag of Moldova.svg Victor Rogut, Republic of Moldova 4:01.68
  36. Flag of the Philippines.svg Miguel Mendoza, Philippines 4:01.99
  37. Flag of Croatia.svg Nenad Buljan, Croatia 4:02.76
  38. Flag of Hungary.svg Boldizsar Kiss, Hungary 4:02.87
  39. Flag of Uruguay.svg Martin Kutscher, Uruguay 4:03.21
  40. Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Te Tung Chen, Chinese Taipei 4:03.71
  41. Flag of Turkey.svg Aytekin Mindan, Turkey 4:06.85
  42. Flag of San Marino.svg Emanuele Nicolini, San Marino 4:08.28
  43. Flag of Qatar.svg Anas Sameer N H Abuyousuf, Qatar 4:11.99
  44. Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg Vasily Danilov, Kyrgyzstan 4:15.32
  45. Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Sergey Tsoy, Uzbekistan 4:16.91
  46. Flag of Malta.svg Neil Agius, Malta 4:22.14
  47. Flag of South Korea.svg Tae-Hwan Park, Korea Disqualified or excluded

Final

  1. Flag of Australia.svg Ian Thorpe, Australia 3:43.10
  2. Flag of Australia.svg Grant Hackett, Australia 3:43.36
  3. Flag of the United States.svg Klete Keller, United States 3:44.11 American Record
  4. Flag of the United States.svg Larsen Jensen, United States 3:46.08
  5. Flag of Italy.svg Massimiliano Rosolino, Italy 3:46.25
  6. Flag of Russia.svg Yuri Prilukov, Russia 3:46.69
  7. Flag of Greece.svg Spyridon Gianniotis, Greece 3:48.77
  8. Flag of Japan.svg Takeshi Matsuda, Japan 3:48.96 Asian Record

References


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