And successful different denotation of McSweyn's superb tally successful Tokyo, his clip of 3:31.91 would person won golden successful each different 1500m last successful Olympic history, which dates backmost to the Athens Games of 1896.
Fellow Australian Ollie Hoare picked up 11th successful the fastest-ever Olympic 1500m final, signaling a clip of 3:35.79.
The last saw Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway, who's lone 20 years of age, instrumentality location his maiden Olympic golden medal, unleashing an exceptional footwear implicit the last 100m arsenic helium posted 3:28.32 to acceptable a caller Olympic record.
Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyo collected metallic successful 3:29.01 and Great Britain's Josh Kerr (3:29.05) stunned the tract connected his mode to bronze.
McSweyn's show saw him eclipse the results of Ryan Gregson (ninth) astatine Rio successful 2016 and Graham Crouch (eighth) astatine Montreal successful 1976, the lone 2 Australian men who had featured successful an Olympic 1500m last since Elliott's heroics successful Rome.
McSweyn ran a gutsy last successful his debut Olympic Games, moving into the apical 3 wrong the opening 200m and remaining with Cheruiyo and Ingebrigsten until the last 300m.
The Tasmanian faded implicit the backmost agelong and dropped places rapidly connected the location straight, but the colossal enactment helium had done earlier successful the contention had acceptable him up for a tremendous placing.
An elated McSweyn tried to marque consciousness of his accomplishment successful a post-race interview.
"Growing up arsenic a lad successful King Island I would person ne'er dreamt of making an Australian team, fto unsocial being successful an Olympic last and finishing seventh," McSweyn said.
"I've dreamt large since I was a kid and to fulfil that extremity contiguous was beauteous nice.
"Thanks a batch for the enactment guys, we decidedly announcement it. I've got to support gathering from here, but each the enactment has got maine to this constituent and I don't spot wherefore we can't support getting better."
McSweyn headed to Tokyo connected the backmost of a scintillating 12 months, successful which helium broke the nationalist 1500m and 3000m records and registered Australia's fastest clip successful a mile successful 15 years.
Now it's Paris 2024 that awaits.