Building off of his earlier win in the 400 free in 3:55, World Record holder Grant Hackett continued his comeback on Saturday in Queensland with a runner-up finish in the men’s 200 free.
Hackett swam a 1:50.68 to take 2nd-place in the 17 & up division of the 200 free in long course, his second swim since announcing his comeback to competitive swimming.
While that’s still a ways off of Hackett’s lifetime best of 1:45.61, swum in 2004, it’s a good starting point as he takes a run at a spot on the 2016 Olympic Team.
The 34-year old will be seeking his fourth Olympic Team, having already qualified for the 2000, 2004, and 2012 teams, after which point he reitred. While Hackett is best known as the most dominant distance swimmer of his generation (if not any generation) with three Olympic gold medals to his name, his best chance at making the World Championship or Olympic teams is likely by placing in the top 6 of the 200 freestyle to earn a relay swim. To qualify in the 400 free would require a top two finish.
On Saturday, in the 200 free timed final, he placed behind David McKeon, who swam a 1:47.86. If Hackett is able to earn a spot on the 800 free relay, McKeon is likely to be one of his teammates there.