Daniel Wiffen Clocks Irish National Record For 1500 Free Silver

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The men’s 1500m freestyle was one of the marquis events of this final night of competition at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Although Sam Short of Australia ultimately took the win in a new personal best of 14:48.54 tonight in Birmingham, silver was captured by Ireland’s Daniel Wiffen in a new PB of his own.

Stopping the clock in a time of 14:51.79, 21-year-old Wiffen joined Short in punching the only other sub-15:00 time of the field. Wiffen’s time here overtook his own previous lifetime best and Irish national record of 14:57.66 he logged in Budapest at this year’s World Championships.

His previous PB rendered Wiffen the 9th place finisher in Budapest, whereas tonight he snagged silver for the Northern Ireland squad. This upgrades his 4th place finish in the men’s 400m freestyle earlier in this competition.

Behind Short and Wiffen, Luke Turley of England rounded out the top 3 in a time of 15:12.78.

Splits for the top 3 finishers are as follows:

 

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Mark
8 days ago

“The men’s 1500m freestyle was one of the marquis events”? LOL. Marquis is an aristocratic title. Marquee is the correct word here.

Verram
8 days ago

So does a Northern Ireland time count as an Irish record technically considering they’re part of a different country? GBR that is

Joe
Reply to  Verram
8 days ago

Yes it does

NornIron Swim
Reply to  Verram
8 days ago

Yes.

GBR is Great Britain, which is Scotland, England and Wales.

You’ll notice in World Champs & Olympics the teams are called Great Britain & Northern Ireland.

Northern Irish swimmers will almost always compete for Ireland regardless of religious and political affiliations. Mostly this is due to the lower standards and competition required to make international teams.

boknows34
Reply to  Verram
8 days ago

Wikipedia has a page for Irish swim records and Dan Wiffen’s times are listed as Irish records for 400, 800 and 1500.

N.Ireland also has Danielle Hill who broke her own new Irish record in the 50 free and qualified for two finals this week. Victoria Catterson also set a 200 free Irish record in Birmingham.

Sidenote: Bethany Firth has won Paralympics gold for both Ireland (2012) and GB (2016, 2020).

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