Christiansen Becomes 3rd Fastest 800 Free Performer All-Time


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


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1 year ago

Gold in the 800 and 1500 next year in Tokyo.

1 year ago

Hackett on fire still in 2009

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