The 1500 meter swim, which is approximately a mile, record is 14:34.56 by Grant Hackett from Australia. This record, along with other swimming records, can be found at- http://www.vilacom.net/swimming/men.php Actually, to approximate swimming a mile, one would have to swim 1609.34 meters -- that's 109.34 meters more than the 1500 meter swim or 2.19 more lengths of a 50 meter pool. (1 meter = 3.2808399 feet)
Jesse Owens of the United States won the men's 100 meter dash, men's 200 meter dash, and men's long jump at the 1936 Summer Olympics. Jack Lovelock of New Zealand won the men's 1500 meter run. Helen Stephens of the United States won the women's 100 meter dash at the 1936 Summer Olympics. Women did not compete in the 200 meter dash, 1500 meter run, or long jump in 1936.