Aussie Sam Short Crushes Horton’s 1500 Age Group Record

While competing at the 2018 Brisbane Short Course Championships that took place earlier this month, 14-year-old Sam Short established a new Australian Age Record for 14-year-olds in the men’s 1500m and 800m freestyle events.

Clocking a winning time of 15:31.87 in the 1500, the Albany Creek Swim Club athlete surpassed the previous national age mark of 15:34.96 logged by Olympic champion Mack Horton back in 2010.

Short also overtook the national age record of 8:09.42 in the men’s 14-year-old 800m freestyle, beating the old mark of 8:09.42 held by Declan Potts from back in 2006.

With his performances, Short is now Australia’s fastest 14-year-old in history across the 800 and 1500 short course meters freestyle events.

Says Short’s coach Richard Sleight on his protegé’s achievement at the Brisbane Aquatic Center, “He is a student of the sport.  He looks around at what others have done and what it takes.’’ (Courier Mail)

All told, Short collected 5 new Brisbane records, 2 Queensland state records, 2 Queensland All Comers Records, as well as the 2 national age records.

Below are Short’s times from the Brisbane Short Course Championships, with the full results found here.

  • 200 free – 1:53.79
  • 400 free – 3:57.70
  • 800 free – 8:07.43
  • 1500 free – 15:31.87
  • 200 fly – 2:07.12
  • 200 back – 2:07.72

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Joel Lin

15:31 has been done only twice at that age. Jesse Vassallo in 1976 & now Sam Short in 2018. Incredible achievement.


This is SCM

Joel Lin

My mistake. That’s still fast, congrats to him.


Milestone achievements from Sam Short. Congratulations to Coach Richard Sleight and Albany Creek Swimming Club

Cal fan

I know it Dosent count but did that beat the US 1500 NAG time?


This was in SCM. Even if it was LCM it would’ve fallen just short – Vassallo’s NAG is 15:31.03.


It would’ve fallen just Short …lol


Hahaha, I didn’t even notice that when I left my comment! Nice catch.


Sam is a great young swimmer. I’ve seen him swimming from when he was ten. Wasn’t a big kid still isn’t, but a tough swimmer with excellent technique. Congrats to his great performance.

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