Australian Olympians Participating in 100x400m World Record Attempt

Torrey Hart
by Torrey Hart 6

September 15th, 2017 News

Yes, you read that right.

On Sunday, swimmers in South East Queensland, Australia, will attempt to break the 100x400m relay world record.

The team will include Olympians David McKeonBrittany Elmslie, 2017 FINA World Championships team members Kaylee McKeown and Jack Cartwright, World Junior Team Members Minna Atherton and Gemma Cooney, and open water Worlds team member Josh Santacaterina, among other high-profile swimmers.

The remainder of the 100 team members will be comprised of volunteers, who paid a $10 entry fee (to be donated). All fees will be donated to the Eloise Gannon Foundation, which works to reduce the instances of sudden cardiac death in youth. The Foundation supports research and education around sudden cardiac events, and advocates the importance of accessible defibrillators at sporting venues, training facilities and schools.

The current world record of 9 hours, 22 min, and 35 seconds was set in 2010 by German team SSV ULM 1846. The Australian team hopes they can finish in about 8.5 hours, which entails about a 5:06 average time per 400.

A few Speedo Australia Athletes will also be making an appearance at the event, which will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Centenary Pool in Spring Hill.

Click here to check out the event flyer and here for the event Facebook page.

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6 years ago

And kaylee mckeown

He Gets It Done Again
6 years ago

FINA is considering adding this event to the Olympics

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6 years ago

Some SWSW posters will want 800 x 50 m relay becoz you know – speed .

6 years ago

This is an amazing fundraising idea

dude 2.0
6 years ago

I think I could still break 5, but I would definitely throw up and maybe have a seizure.

6 years ago

My best 400 is a 4:30 can I get in on this?

About Torrey Hart

Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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