Australian Men Break 2009 Commonwealth Record In 800 Free Relay

2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

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.

SPLIT COMPARISON

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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Samesame
2 years ago

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

USGrant
Reply to  Samesame
2 years 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 »

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  USGrant
2 years ago

What did I just read

Troy
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
2 years ago

I stopped a few lines in.

anonymoose
Reply to  Troy
2 years ago

man i wish i could be like you

Sun Yang's Hammer
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
2 years ago

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

USGrant
Reply to  Samesame
2 years 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.

Justhereforfun
2 years ago

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

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Justhereforfun
2 years ago

maybe the 80’s

Troy
2 years ago

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

Samesame
2 years ago

And Mack finally got his toy with his medal ! They wouldn’t give him a toy the other night

Verram
Reply to  Samesame
2 years ago

They should all carry a hammer to the medal podium as it was a Thor like performance lol

Texas Tap Water
2 years ago

“The four men were incredibly consistent with no one dipping over 1:45.6”

Russia: hold my vodka

All four Russians swam between 1:45.38 and 1:45.56

Samesame
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
2 years ago

Aaaaah but Horton did a 1.44

Cobalt
2 years ago

Way to go Australia!

Texas Tap Water
2 years ago

This is the most exiciting men’s 4×200 ever. I can’t remember the last time five teams were so close in the last 100. All five had legit shot at gold, until Horton sped up in the last 50m.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
2 years ago

and many other teams for the matter

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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