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Men's 400 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Competitors 37
Medalists
Gold medal    South Korea
Silver medal    China
Bronze medal    United States
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Swimming events at the
2008 Summer Olympics
Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
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
Marathon
10 km men women

The men's 400 metre freestyle event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 9–10 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center. This swimming event used freestyle swimming, which means that the method of the stroke is not regulated (unlike backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly events). Nearly all swimmers use the front crawl or a variant of that stroke. Because an Olympic size swimming pool is 50 metres long, this race consisted of eight lengths of the pool.

Five heats were held, with most containing the maximum number of swimmers (eight). The heat in which a swimmer competed did not formally matter for advancement, as the swimmers with the top eight times from the entire field qualified for the finals; there, they all competed in a single final heat to earn final placements.

The qualifying norms were for the 2008 event were 3:49.95 (A norm) and 3:58.00 (B norm). NOCs with two or more swimmers meeting the A standard could enter any two such swimmers; otherwise, they could enter a single swimmer meeting the B standard.

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Records

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Ian Thorpe (AUS) 3:40.08 Manchester, United Kingdom 30 July 2002 [1]
Olympic record  Ian Thorpe (AUS) 3:40.59 Sydney, Australia 16 September 2000 -

No new world or Olympic records were set for this event.

Heats

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 4 Larsen Jensen United States 3:43.10 Q
2 3 5 Zhang Lin China 3:43.32 Q
3 3 4 Park Tae-Hwan South Korea 3:43.35 Q
4 4 6 Nikita Lobintsev Russia 3:43.45 Q
5 5 4 Grant Hackett Australia 3:44.03 Q
6 5 5 Peter Vanderkaay United States 3:44.22 Q
7 4 5 Oussama Mellouli Tunisia 3:44.54 Q
8 5 3 Yuriy Prilukov Russia 3:44.82 Q
9 5 2 Ryan Cochrane Canada 3:44.85
10 3 2 Takeshi Matsuda Japan 3:44.99
11 3 3 Federico Colbertaldo Italy 3:45.28
12 4 8 Mads Glæsner Denmark 3:45.38 NR
13 4 3 Massimiliano Rosolino Italy 3:45.57
14 3 1 Nicolas Rostoucher France 3:47.15
15 5 7 David Carry Great Britain 3:47.17 NR
16 5 1 Sergiy Fesenko Ukraine 3:47.75
17 5 8 Dragos Coman Romania 3:47.79
18 3 7 Paul Biedermann Germany 3:48.03
19 5 6 Przemysław Stańczyk Poland 3:48.11
20 2 5 David Brandl Austria 3:48.63
21 3 8 Dean Milwain Great Britain 3:48.77
22 4 7 Paweł Korzeniowski Poland 3:48.78
23 2 4 Sébastien Rouault France 3:48.84
24 2 3 Spyridon Gianniotis Greece 3:49.34
25 3 6 Craig Stevens Australia 3:50.22
26 1 5 Gard Kvale Norway 3:50.47 NR
27 2 7 Dominik Meichtry Switzerland 3:50.55
28 4 2 Sun Yang China 3:50.90
29 4 1 Christian Kubusch Germany 3:52.73
30 2 6 Jean Basson South Africa 3:52.90
31 1 4 Daniele Tirabassi Venezuela 3:53.26
32 2 8 Balazs Gercsak Hungary 3:54.14
33 1 3 Kvetoslav Svoboda Czech Republic 3:56.54
34 2 2 Jon Raahuge Run Denmark 3:57.41
35 1 6 Juan Martín Pereyra Argentina 3:59.35
36 1 2 Oleg Robota Kazakhstan 4:02.16
37 2 1 Luka Turk Slovenia DNS

Final

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction
Time
Time Notes
50m 100m 150m 200m 250m 300m 350m 400m
1 3 Park Tae-Hwan South Korea 0.69(1) 26.24(4)
 
54.07(2)
27.83
1:22.45(1)
28.38
1:51.03(1)
28.58
2:18.85(1)
27.82
2:47.10(1)
28.25
3:14.79(1)
27.69
3:41.86
27.07
AS
2 5 Zhang Lin China 0.74(2) 26.35(6)
 
54.73(6)
28.38
1:23.42(6)
28.69
1:52.12(8)
28.70
2:20.10(5)
28.19
2:48.38(6)
27.80
3:16.29(6)
27.91
3:42.44
26.15
NR
3 4 Larsen Jensen United States 0.76(4) 26.59(8)
 
54.86(8)
28.27
1:23.44(7)
28.58
1:51.91(5)
28.47
2:20.58(7)
28.46
2:48.07(4)
27.97
3:15.53(2)
27.46
3:42.78
27.25
AM
4 7 Peter Vanderkaay United States 0.75(3) 26.30(5)
 
54.67(5)
28.37
1:23.22(4)
28.55
1:51.69(4)
28.47
2:19.97(4)
28.28
2:48.24(4)
28.27
3:16.16(4)
27.92
3:43.11
26.95
5 1 Oussama Mellouli Tunisia 0.77(6) 26.10(2)
 
54.23(3)
28.13
1:22.57(3)
28.34
1:51.49(3)
28.92
2:19.78(3)
28.29
2:48.02(3)
28.24
3:16.10(3)
28.08
3:43.45
27.35
AF
6 2 Grant Hackett Australia 0.76(4) 25.82(1)
 
53.97(1)
28.15
1:22.48(2)
28.51
1:51.07(2)
28.59
2:19.47(2)
28.40
2:48.00(2)
28.53
3:16.17(5)
28.17
3:43.84
27.67
7 8 Yuriy Prilukov Russia 0.79(7) 26.49(7)
 
54.84(7)
28.35
1:23.54(8)
28.70
1:52.07(6)
28.53
2:20.49(6)
28.42
2:48.74(7)
28.25
3:16.63(7)
27.89
3:43.97
27.34
8 6 Nikita Lobintsev Russia 0.81(8) 26.22(3)
 
54.62(4)
28.40
1:23.26(5)
28.64
1:52.09(7)
28.83
2:20.76(8)
28.67
2:49.82(8)
29.06
3:18.91(8)
29.09
3:48.29
29.38
  • WR = World Record; OR = Olympic Record; NR = National Record; PB = Personal Best
  • AS = Asian Record; AF = African Record

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