Aussie Sam Short Blasts 7:40.39 800 Free To Become 10th Fastest Performer Ever

2023 AUSTRALIAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TRIALS

19-year-old Sam Short just ripped the 800m freestyle swim of his life en route to winning gold at the 2023 Australian World Championship Trials.

While racing the distance event on day 3 of the selection competition, Short fired off a massive 7:40.39 to top the podium by over 5 seconds. Runner-up Elijah Winnington got to the wall in 7:45.75 for silver while Matt Galea bagged bronze in 7:53.33.

Short commanded the race from start to finish, leading Winnington by over 2 body lengths. In doing so, Short accomplished his goal of overtaking the longstanding 7:41.59 All Comers Record Olympic icon Ian Thorpe put on the books over a decade ago in 2001.

As a refresher, All Comers Records are akin to U.S. Open Records and represent the fastest time performed on Australian soil by any nationality.

Entering this meet, Short’s lifetime best in this 8free event rested at the 7:42.96 logged at this year’s non-selection Australian National Championships. Prior to that, the teen’s PB checked in at the 7:48.65 logged at the 2022 edition of that same meet, meaning the ace has managed to hack off over 8 seconds in this event just in the past year.

Splits for Short’s 800 Free

Short’s 7:40.39 now ranks him #1 in the world this season, usurping Germany’s Lucas Martens who previously wore the crown with his 7:42.14 from April’s Berlin Swim Open.

2022-2023 LCM Men 800 Free

Ahmed TUN
Hafnaoui
07/26
7:37.00
2Samuel
Short
AUS7:37.7607/26
3Bobby
Finke
USA7:38.6707/26
4Daniel
Wiffen
IRL7:39.1907/26
5Lukas
Martens
GER7:39.4807/26
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But Short’s result carries more impact than just this season. He now becomes Australia’s #3 performer of all-time in this 800m free and also inserts himself in the list of all-time performers worldwide as the 10th swiftest in history.

Top 10 Australian Men’s LCM 800 Freestyle Performers All-Time

  1. Grant Hacket – 7:38.65 2005
  2. Ian Thorpe – 7:39.16 2001
  3. Sam Short – 7:40.39 2023
  4. Jack McLoughlin – 7:42.51 2021
  5. Mack Horton – 7:44.02 2015
  6. Elijah Winnington – 7:45.30 2022
  7. Kieren Perkins – 7:46.00 1994
  8. Jordan Harrison – 7:47.38 2013
  9. Tommy Neill – 7:48.65 2019
  10. Craig Stevens – 7:48.67 2007

Top 10 Men’s LCM 800 Freestyle Performers Worldwide All-Time

  1. Zhang Lin (CHN) – 7:32.12 2009
  2. Ous Mellouli (TUN) – 7:35.27 2009
  3. Sun Yang (CHN) – 7:38.57 2011
  4. Grant Hackett (AUS) – 7:38.65 2005
  5. Ian Thorpe (AUS) – 7:39.16 2001
  6. Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) – 7:39.27 2019
  7. Bobby Finke (USA) – 7:39.36 2022
  8. Florian Wellbrock (GER) – 7:39.63 2022
  9. Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR) – 7:40.05 2022
  10. Sam Short (AUS) – 7:40.39 2023

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AquaDuck
11 months ago

Very curious about his 1500 now!! Optimism suggests 14’35 is possible…

OldGuy
11 months ago

Anyone else notice anything unusual about these splits? Is this another case of a pool with a current?

Sub13
Reply to  OldGuy
11 months ago

Overall his even splits are faster than his odd splits, but that’s because of a fast final lap. Exclude that, and the average difference is like 0.1. I think a current would cause a bigger impact than that.

Greenangel
11 months ago

Future of rocket Sam Short. 🚀👨‍🚀🚀👨‍🚀 🌎🌕

Bronze medal in Paris 2024 🇫🇷
Silver medal in Los Angeles 2028 🇺🇸
Gold medal in Brisbane 2032. 🇦🇺

😊😊😊

michael geh
Reply to  Greenangel
11 months ago

make sure to zip it up when you’re done

Sawdust
Reply to  Greenangel
11 months ago

Seems pretty unlikely that he would peak this late. I think him winning gold in 2024 is more likely than him winning gold in 2032.

BigBoiJohnson
11 months ago

I’ve been called ridiculous for thinking Zhang Lin’s 7:32.12 WR will at some point be the oldest standing WR in the books. I think the fact that we’re all going nuts over a time 8.27 seconds slower than WR is perhaps a testament to my claim.

Not to take anything away from Sam by the way, a 7:40.39 is a wicked time; #1 in the world this season, #10 all-time performer, and breaks Ian Thorpe’s 22-year-old All-Comers Record (Australia’s ‘U.S. Open Record’ equivalent).

Last edited 11 months ago by BigBoiJohnson
Emily Se-Bom Lee
Reply to  BigBoiJohnson
11 months ago

that’s not ridiculous. for many years now, the m800 and w200 fly have been widely considered as the strongest WRs on the books

Last edited 11 months ago by Emily Se-Bom Lee
BigBoiJohnson
Reply to  Emily Se-Bom Lee
11 months ago

Mhm, I think it might have been because I’ve said this since like 2010 lol. Back in the day people would often retort with the Men’s 200FR, Women’s 200FR, Men’s 400IM etc.

I do personally think I’d add the Men’s 200BK to your list though!

Last edited 11 months ago by BigBoiJohnson
Greenangel
Reply to  BigBoiJohnson
11 months ago

Does any guy swam under 1’53” for the past ten years in men’ s 200 back?

Philipp
Reply to  Greenangel
11 months ago

No, Ryan Lochte is the only one under 1:53 in a textile suit when he swam a 1:52,96 in 2011

snailSpace
Reply to  BigBoiJohnson
11 months ago

I don’t think it’s ridiculous, bit there a few that are similarly likely to be just as long standing (Sjostrom 50 fly, Ledecky 800,1500 free).

thezwimmer
Reply to  BigBoiJohnson
11 months ago

well outside of Zhang and Mellouli from 09, Short’s 7:40 is less than 2 seconds off the next fastest swimmers in history. And that’s the second massive PB for him this year in this event, so he’s on a great trajectory

Sawdust
Reply to  BigBoiJohnson
11 months ago

Could you maybe post a link to the article where someone called you „ridiculous“ for this take?

Robbos
11 months ago

Australia has a new middle & long distance swimming star.

snailSpace
11 months ago

We stan a short king.

Joel
11 months ago

Greg P is from AUS apparently lol.
but AUS does have 3 in the list anyway. More than any other country.

Emily Se-Bom Lee
Reply to  Joel
11 months ago

hahaha. but he has trained with horton at msac

Sub13
Reply to  Joel
11 months ago

We would be more than happy to take him haha

Philip Johnson
11 months ago

Excited to see what he does. Distance swimming sure is exciting this year.

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