Brittany Maclean Breaks Canadian Record In 400 Free, Advances To Final


Canadian Brittany Maclean broke her own Canadian record this morning in the women’s 400 free prelims, finishing 3rd in her heat and 5th overall to safely qualify for the 400 free final tonight.

Maclean put up a time of 4:03.43, bettering her previous record of 4:03.84 set at the Canadian Olympic Trials back in April.

This isn’t Maclean’s first Olympic final, as four years ago in London she made the final qualifying 6th overall in a new Canadian record at the time of 4:05.06. She ultimately finished 7th.

Here’s a comparative look at Maclean’s splits from her three national record breaking swims:

  • 2012 London Olympics (Prelims): 58.98 (1:01.84) (1:02.64) (1:01.60), 4:05.06
  • 2016 Olympic Trials (Final): 58.72 (1:01.54) (1:01.98) (1:01.60), 4:03.84
  • 2016 Rio Olympics (Prelims): 58.49 (1:01.23) (1:02.07) (1:01.64) 4:03.43 CR

Maclean made up ground on her previous record on the front half ,and was able to hang in on the back half to take the record by over four tenths.

Leading the pack this morning was American Katie Ledecky, who established a new Olympic record of 3:58.71. Also qualifying ahead of Maclean was Jazz Carlin (GBR), Leah Smith (USA) and Coralie Balmy (FRA).

Maclean will swim in lane 2 tonight, and will look to improve on her morning swim, something she wasn’t able to do four years ago.


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northern light

Congratulations, Brittany! Canada is very proud of you. Good luck tonight.

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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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