Henrik Christiansen Lowers Own Norwegian Record In 1500 Final

2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Norwegian Henrik Christiansen lowered his National Record in the final of the men’s 1500 free on day eight of the 2019 World Championships to finish fifth overall.

The 22-year-old put up a time of 14:45.35, getting well under his previous best of 14:49.67 set this past April at the Swim Open – Stockholm. Prior to that, his Norwegian mark stood at 14:53.77, set at the same meet in 2016.

SPLIT COMPARISON

Relative to his swim earlier in the year, Christiansen sat slightly under its pace throughout most of the race. The biggest difference came on the final 200, where he closed in 1:56.53 compared to 1:58.90 in Stockholm.

Christiansen, Swim Open-Stockholm Christiansen, 2019 Worlds
56.64 56.78
1:56.26 (59.62) 1:56.34 (59.56)
2:56.04 (59.78) 2:55.68 (59.34)
3:55.76 (59.72) 3:55.05 (59.37)
4:55.30 (59.54) 4:54.37 (59.32)
5:54.89 (59.59) 5:53.71 (59.34)
6:54.30 (59.41) 6:52.94 (59.23)
7:53.54 (59.24) 7:52.25 (59.31)
8:52.88 (59.34) 8:51.28 (59.03)
9:52.49 (59.61) 9:50.67 (59.39)
10:51.51 (59.02) 10:50.08 (59.41)
11:51.17 (59.66) 11:49.61 (59.53)
12:50.77 (59.60) 12:48.82 (59.21)
13:50.70 (59.93) 13:47.99 (59.17)
14:49.67 (58.97) 14:45.35 (57.36)

Entering the meet ranked 30th all-time in the event, the Skjetten native makes his way all the way up into 16th.

ALL-TIME PERFORMERS, MEN’S 1500 FREE

  1. Sun Yang (CHN), 14:31.02 – 2012
  2. Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA), 14:34.04 – 2016
  3. Grant Hackett (AUS), 14:34.56 – 2001
  4. Florian Wellbrock (GER), 14:36.15 – 2018
  5. Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR), 14:36.88
  6. Oussama Mellouuli (TUN), 14:37.28 – 2009
  7. Connor Jaeger (USA), 14:39.48 – 2016
  8. Mack Horton (AUS), 14:39.54 – 2016
  9. Ryan Cochrane (CAN), 14:39.63 – 2012
  10. Gabriele Detti (ITA), 14:40.86 – 2016
  11. Yury Prilukov (RUS), 14:41.13 – 2008
  12. Kieran Perkins (AUS), 14:41.66 – 1994
  13. David Aubry (FRA), 14:44.72 – 2019
  14. Jordan Wilimovsky (USA), 14:45.03 – 2016
  15. Larsen Jensen (USA), 14:45.29 – 2004
  16. Henrik Christiansen (NOR), 14:45.35 – 2019

David Aubry of France also entered the top-20 in history in the final, improving from 40th to 13th with his French Record of 14:44.72 to place fourth.

German Florian Wellbrock won gold in a time of 14:36.88, as he was able to out-kick Mykhailo Romanchuk (14:37.63) and two-time defending champ Gregorio Paltrinieri (14:38.75) on the last 100. The three medalists are the same (and in identical order) to last year’s European Championships, where Christiansen also placed fifth.

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James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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