Auboeck, El Kamash Lower National Records In 400 Free Prelims


Austrian Felix Auboeck and Egyptian Marwan El Kamash lowered their respective national records in the 400 free prelims on day 1 at the World Championships, with Auboeck leading the field into the final while El Kamash just missed a spot in 9th.

Auboeck clocked in at 3:44.19, lowering his previous record of 3:46.88 by over two and a half seconds. The 20-year-old had a very successful freshman year with Michigan this past season, winning multiple conference titles before finishing 2nd in the 1650 and 3rd in the 500 free at the NCAA Championships.

Auboeck topped some major names in the prelims, beating out the three previous Olympic champions in Mack HortonSun Yang and Park Tae Hwan, among others.

El Kamash lowered his record of 3:47.43, done at the Olympics last summer, down to 3:46.36. He too competed in the NCAA this past season, wrapping up his senior year with Indiana. At NCAAs he placed 7th in the 500 free.

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I somehow have a feeling this race will he similiar to Rio, with several swimmers bunched up at the 300, coming down to the kick. And Auboeck had by far the best kick of anyone in the 500 and 1650 free. Who knows what will happen, my dark horse is know in lane 4 of the final


Sun Yang has the best last 50/100. His stroke totally changes to a galloping sprint stroke, and when he’s on form, no one can hang with him at the end.

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James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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