Aussie Distance Star Jack McLoughlin May Cut The 1500 FR in Gwangju


After sweeping the 400/800/1500 free events at the Australian World Trials this week, Jack McLoughlin may cut his home country’s beloved 1500 free from his program.

The past week in Australia has been full of surprises, one of them being Olympic champ Mack Horton getting shut out of his best events and a spot on the upcoming World Championships roster. Looking to take his spot, however, was McLoughlin. The 24-year-old upset Horton in both the 400 and 800 free events, adding those to his Gwangju line-up.

However, according to a recent article, McLoughlin may be considering dropping the 1500 free to focus more on the 400 and 800. Looking into Australia’s Olympic history in the 1500 free, the country won eight golds since 1924, including 4 consecutive wins from 1992-2004 by Kieren Perkins and Grant Hackett.

Just as Horton did with the event to focus on the 200/400 free, McLoughlin may be headed down the same path. Looking into the world rankings, McLoughlin sits at #4 in the 400 free, #6 in the 1500 free, and #7 in the 800 free. His 1500 free time from Thursday of 14:52.83 is nearly 15 seconds behind Gregorio Paltrinieri‘s world-leading time of 14:38.34.

In his past 1500 free performances, McLoughlin was the 2018 Commonwealth Games champion in the event. Later at the 2018 Pan Pacs, McLoughlin snagged bronze in the event while adding another 800 free bronze and a gold medal in the 400 free. At the 2016 Olympics, McLoughlin finished 9th overall in the event.

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fair play
3 years ago

Australia also went 1-2 in the 1500m in 1960, 1992, 1996, and 2000, as well as 1-3 in 1924 and 1960. Would be a shame to see no Aussie in there

13 % Chinese person
3 years ago

When I get to 1500 this morning I too am getting out .before the Organic Coffee & Muffin van moves on to its lunchtime venue. . Its the holistic 2019 thing to do ..

50 free
3 years ago

I read the headline as jack carthwright and thought this was a joke article

3 years ago

He should just sign up for it since it’s the last event of the meet

Reply to  Joe
3 years ago


3 years ago

Horton dropping the 1500m free didn’t really improve his performances in the shorter distances though.. hopefully McLoughlin doesn’t follow Hotton’s path in that way

Reply to  Verram
3 years ago

I heard Horton may be injured but haven’t verified that

Reply to  Joel
3 years ago

Be interesting to hear what was Horton’s issues in this meet, if any.

3 years ago

Probably more medal potential in the 1500 than the 200 though…

Reply to  thezwimmer
3 years ago

No doubt, anything sub 1442 would be podium given the lack of yang foreseeability

Reply to  thezwimmer
3 years ago

Don’t think he is anywhere close to medaling in the 1500, better chance in the 400 or 800. he isn’t swimming the 200

3 years ago

Don’t think he is anywhere close to medaling in the 1500, better chance in the 400 or 800. he isn’t swimming the 200

3 years ago

Holding a fast pace for a long time has always been harder than reaching a faster pace for a short time, since 2000 the 100 free has gone from 48.14-46.91(well over a second), with the top swimmers typically within half a second of the record on any given year, while the 1500 free has only dropped from 14:34 to 14:31 from 2001 till now, a far smaller percent drop given the distance and nobody has seriously made a run at it in years. Is that showing that the distance conditioning is harder to obtain at the elite level, or are the “most talented” for lack of a better term athletes just drawn to sprints because it’s the headliner events and… Read more »

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