Christiansen Becomes 3rd Fastest 800 Free Performer All-Time

2019 DUTCH SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS

While competing on day 1 of the 2019 Dutch Short Course Championships in Tilburg, visiting swimmer Henrik Christiansen busted out the fastest time ever for a Norwegian in the men’s 800m freestyle.

The 23-year-old World Championships silver medalist crushed an 800 free split of 7:29.39 to open his 1500m free, which he wound up winning in 15:20.08. Christiansen’s impressive opener last night overtook his own national record-setting mark of 7:33.28 that he put on the books just this past November at the Norwegian Short Course Championships.

Putting Christiansen’s swim into perspective historically, the Olympian’s 7:29.39 now checks-in as the 3rd fastest short course 800m freestyle of all-time. Only Aussie legend Grant Hackett and French Olympic champion Yannick Agnel have been faster, and also represent the only other swimmers to notch at least one time under 7:30.

7:23.42 Grant Hackett AUS 1/1/2009
7:29.17 Yannick Agnel FRA French Short Course Swimming Championships 11/15/2012 Angers
7:29.39 Henrik Christiansen NOR Dutch SC Championships 12/20/19 Tilburg
7:30.31 Gregorio Paltrinieri ITA 2018 SCM World Champs 12/11/2018 Hangzhou
7:31.18 Federico Colbertaldo ITA 05/10/2010

 

In This Story

2
Leave a Reply

Subscribe
Notify of
2 Comments
oldest
newest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
lol
11 months ago

Gold in the 800 and 1500 next year in Tokyo.

Samesame
11 months ago

Hackett on fire still in 2009

About Retta Race

Retta Race

After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

Read More »