Horton and McKeon Put Up World’s Top Two Times
David McKeon won the second last heat of the men’s 400 freestyle in a time of 3:45.62 taking over the top spot in the world rankings from Henrik Christiansen of Norway who recorded a time of 3:46.37 just a week ago. McKeon’s time did not hold up for long as Mack Horton won the final heat in a time of 4:44.90.
McKeon and Horton were both under the Olympic qualifying time of 3:47.19, but they weren’t the only two to do so. Jack McLoughlin finished third in a time of 3:46.61, under the Olympic qualifying time and good enough for fifth in the world.
Look for both Horton and McKeon to go faster tonight considering that Horton has a lifetime best of 3:42.84 and McKeon has a lifetime best of 3:43.71.
McKeon and Coutts are Ready to Race
Both Emma McKeon and Alicia Coutts went under the Olympic qualifying time of 58.05 in the women’s 100 butterfly. McKeon hit the wall in a time of 57.43 while Coutts posted a time of 57.63.
McKeon was not far her lifetime best of 57.24, which she recorded at this year’s New South Wales State Championships. Although Coutts was still a ways away from her lifetime best of 56.85, which she posted at the 2012 Olympics, the fastest she has been over the last two years is 57.53.
Even though both women put up strong times in the prelims they still look like they have a lot more to give in what should be an exciting semi-final and final.
The Women’s 400 IM – Who Knows?
Playing possum was the name of the game in the women’s 400 IM. Since it only took 4:53.68 to qualify for the final none of the top women showed their cards. Keryn McMaster, Blair Evans and Tessa Wallace all have best times that are under the Olympic qualifying time of 4:38.20, yet McMaster was the fastest qualifier for tonight’s final posting a time of 4:44.14.