Australian Men Break 2009 Commonwealth Record In 800 Free Relay


The Australian quartet of Clyde LewisKyle ChalmersAlexander Graham and Mack Horton combined to win gold and set a new Commonwealth Record in the men’s 800 free relay, registering a time of 7:00.65.

The previous mark, which was also an Oceanic and Australian National Record, was set by the Aussie team of Kenrick MonkRobert HurleyTommaso D’Orsogna and Patrick Murphy at the 2009 World Championships at 7:01.65.

The gold medal is Australia’s first in the event since 2003.


Australia, 2009 Australia, 2019
Monk – 1:46.00 Lewis – 1:45.58
Hurley – 1:46.47 Chalmers – 1:45.37
D’Orsogna – 1:44.82 Graham – 1:45.05
Murphy – 1:44.36 Horton – 1:44.85
7:01.65 7:00.85

The four men were incredibly consistent with no one dipping over 1:45.6. After a 1:45.58 lead-off from Lewis and a 1:45.37 split from Chalmers, Graham put them in first place heading into the final exchange with a 1:45.05 leg.

On the anchor, Horton started down the likes of Townley HaasMartin MalyutinJames Guy and Stefano di Cola and came out on top with the field’s fastest split of 1:44.85.

Russia ended up claiming silver in 7:01.81, followed by the U.S. (7:01.98), Italy (7:02.01) and Great Britain (7:02.04).

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1 year ago

Aussie relayteam once again adding up to more than the sum of its parts . Brilliant .

Reply to  Samesame
1 year ago

Midterm Exam.
Teacher: Horton, why don’t you work on your paper, instead of staring at Sun?
Horton: cheater.
Teacher: Scott, why do you stand in the back of classroom instead of working?
Scott: I am team Horton.
Teacher: Sun, why did you yell at Scott?
Sun: He kept whining by my ears.
Peaty: All of us for Horton.
Teacher: For the rest of you, do you agree?
The rest: mumbling…….
Teacher: Ms. King, why did you always look at others’ paper? Here I DQ you.
King: I strongly protest. I bet you don’t have video to show it.
King: I admitted that I looked at others’… Read more »

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Reply to  USGrant
1 year ago

What did I just read

Reply to  Texas Tap Water
1 year ago

I stopped a few lines in.

Reply to  Troy
1 year ago

man i wish i could be like you

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Reply to  Texas Tap Water
1 year ago

That comment is iconic and a treasure. We should bring copypasta to Swimswam starting here.

Reply to  Samesame
1 year ago

Aussie, brilliant! Yankees, untouchable. Chinese, PED. Russian, cheaters. The rest, whatever. What a world are we living in!!! Why cannot you just treasure those kids who swim 3-5 hours day in and day out? Win or lose, just try your best. Stop whining and compete, isn’t that the life of a competitive swimmer? I am sorry for those negative post and have wasted enough time.

1 year ago

My gosh what a race….. when was the last time you saw 5 teams fighting for a world title in the 4×200??

Reply to  Justhereforfun
1 year ago

maybe the 80’s

1 year ago

The Australian team wasn’t frontloaded at all. 🙂 That was my favourite race of the meet I think.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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