Daniel Wiffen After Breaking Oldest World Record: “(Grant Hackett) Is My Idol Swimmer”

2023 EUROPEAN SHORT COURSE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

MEN’S 800 FREESTYLE – FINALS

  • World Record: Grant Hackett (AUS) – 7:23.42 (2008)
  • European Record: Daniel Wiffen (IRL) – 7:25.96 (2022)
  • SC Euros Record: Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) – 7:27.94 (2021)

Top 8:

  1. Daniel Wiffen (IRL) – 7:20.46 *WORLD RECORD*
  2. David Aubry (FRA) – 7:30.32
  3. Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR) – 7:31.20
  4. Victor Johansson (SWE) – 7:33.11
  5. Lucca De Tullio (ITA) – 7:34.08
  6. Dimitrios Markos (GRE) – 7:36.46
  7. Felix Auboeck (AUT) – 7:38.26
  8. Nathan Wiffen (IRL) – 7:39.99

Daniel Wiffen gave a great show to the crowd present in the Otopeni pool where he swam the new World Record of the 800 freestyle. After an epic week for him and for all the Irish sport Wiffen talked to SwimSwam about his races at the SC European Championships. The Irish rising star spoke about his love of sharing his life on Youtube and the emotion of beating a WR who belonged to his idol Grant Hackett.

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John
2 months ago

Pretty cool he got to do it with his brother in the race for finals with him.

Eouai
2 months ago

Distance events have been so strong the last few years. Can’t wait to see these races in Paris =)

96Swim
Reply to  Eouai
2 months ago

They really have. I can’t think of any other events that have so many swimmers who could win. Women’s 400 free is pretty awesome too. So excited for Paris.

Chlorinetherapy
2 months ago

Comes across as a down to earth low-key guy. Amazing achievement!

Summer Love
2 months ago

Breaking the oldest WR in swimming didn’t create nowhere hype as much as a 16 yo boy breaking SCY NAG record lol.

Andrew
Reply to  Summer Love
2 months ago

americans don’t understand SCM (or LCM for that matter)

Jimmy DeSnuts
Reply to  Andrew
2 months ago

Yea man i gotta agree with you, that Michael Phelps guy was such a noob, he couldn’t figure out LCM for the life of him. And if only Caeleb Dressel could have won and set records at the Olympics like he did at NCAAs. I bet Caeleb would have been capable of at least 3 SCM world records if he had only understood it. Oh wait….
And just so you know, there is a reason that Summer Love’s statement is true. In 5 years the name wiffen and this swim will be all but forgotten. At the young age of 16 Thomas Heilman is proving that he is capable of being the greatest swimmer since Phelps (yup the same… Read more »

Scuncan Dott V2
Reply to  Jimmy DeSnuts
2 months ago

That’s not what he meant…

Last edited 2 months ago by Scuncan Dott V2
NornIron Swim
Reply to  Jimmy DeSnuts
2 months ago

😔

Gbgbgb
Reply to  Jimmy DeSnuts
2 months ago

The worst type of fan

Reply to  Jimmy DeSnuts
2 months ago

in regards to your last sentence, Wiffen placed 4th at 2023 Worlds in what was the #1 or #2 fastest 800 heat in History where he broke a European record, while Heilman placed 4th in a heat that will not likely go down as being historically relevant

But without commentary, they objectively both placed 4th.

Last edited 2 months ago by Coleman Hodges
Original Jake fr St Farm
Reply to  Andrew
2 months ago

More speech

mclovin
Reply to  Summer Love
2 months ago

Ridiculous. I am looking forward to the end of the year recap where Swimswam staff are going ignore this swim and put some random yards race in the top 10 performances

Sub13
Reply to  mclovin
2 months ago

It was hilarious last year when a SCY age group record ranked above 5 world records lol

Summer Love
Reply to  mclovin
2 months ago

Of course they will lol

M L
2 months ago

What’s his LCM PB?

Emily Se-Bom Lee
Reply to  M L
2 months ago

7:39.19 lcm from worlds, comparable with hackett’s

Boknows34
Reply to  Emily Se-Bom Lee
2 months ago

9th all-time, just 0.03 behind Thorpe.

SHRKB8
2 months ago

🙌 Great to see, wonderful example to all athletes.

About Aglaia Pezzato

Aglaia Pezzato

Cresce a Padova e dintorni dove inizialmente porta avanti le sue due passioni, la danza classica e il nuoto, preferendo poi quest’ultimo. Azzurrina dal 2007 al 2010 rappresenta l’Italia con la nazionale giovanile in diverse manifestazioni internazionali fino allo stop forzato per due delicati interventi chirurgici. 2014 Nel 2014 fa il suo esordio …

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