Bobby Finke Doesn’t Train to Race; He Trains to Win


Reported by James Sutherland.


  • World Record: 7:32.12, Lin Zhang (CHN), 2009
  • Championships Record: 7:32.12, Lin Zhang (CHN), 2009
  • 2021 Olympic Champion: Bobby Finke (USA) – 7:41.87
  • 2019 World Champion: Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) – 7:39.27
  1. Bobby Finke (USA), 7:39.36 AR
  2. Florian Wellbrock (GER), 7:39.63
  3. Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR), 7:40.05
  4. Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA), 7:41.19
  5. Guilherme Costa (BRA), 7:45.48
  6. Gabriele Detti (ITA), 7:47.75
  7. Damien Joly (FRA), 7:48.10
  8. Daniel Wiffen (IRL), 7:50.63

Bobby did it again.

In the same fashion that he won double Olympic gold last summer in the men’s 800 and 1500 free, American Bobby Finke used a scorching-fast closing 50 to claim gold in the men’s 800 freestyle at the 2022 World Championships.

Finke sat back in fourth for the majority of the race, including at the final turn, but turned on the jets coming home with a blistering split of 25.93 to overtake the European trio of Florian WellbrockMykhailo Romanchuk and Gregorio Paltrinieri to win his first career world title in 7:39.36.

The time is a new American Record for Finke, who blows by his previous mark of 7:41.87 set at last summer’s Olympic Games. He also becomes the first American male to win the 800 free at the World Championships and is the eighth swimmer sub-7:40 in the event (including Wellbrock finishing behind him).

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11 days ago

I always like the interviews with the swimmers cause unlike other sports, most of these athletes haven’t had nearly as much limelight so they aren’t as PC in their answers. You get so much more raw and genuine thoughts and emotions and I love it. So tired of coach speak from others pros that could be essentially rinse repeated.
Keep these coming swimswam!

11 days ago

Dressel took this to the next level

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11 days ago

Imagine training sprints with him

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