2016 HANCOCK PROSPECTING AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS (AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC TRIALS)
- Thursday April 7th-Thursday April 14th
- SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre – Adelaide
- Prelims – 11 am local (9:30 pm EDT previous evening); Finals – 7:45 pm local (6:15 am EDT)
- Australian Olympic Qualifying Criteria
- Psych Sheets
- Program of Events
- Live stream
- Live results
After attacking his 1500m freestyle prelim swim earlier at the 2016 Australian Championships, the meet which doubles as the nation’s Olympic Trials, 19-year-old Mack Horton threw down a downright magical swim during tonight’s finals.
Entering the meet, Horton’s lifetime best in the 1500m freestyle was the 14:44..09 he registered at this same meet last year to claim an Australian National Title at the age of just 18. This year, however, Horton raised the stakes big-time, scoring a new career-best of 14:39.54, a new All-Comers Record (fastest on Australian soil) for the teenager.
Horton’s 14:39.54 mark destroys the Aussie Olympic-qualifying standard of 14:57.82 and is .13 of a second ahead of Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri‘s gold medal-winning time of 14:39.67 from Kazan. Horton’s outing tonight now positions him atop the 1500m freestyle world rankings, with Paltrinieri sitting in the 2nd-fastest position, setting up a potentially intense show-down in Rio.
In a country claiming such legends as Grant Hackett and Kieren Perkins in its past, the fact that Horton just moved up to become the second-fastest performer in the country’s history is saying a lot about this young talent.
Top 6 Australian men’s 1500m performers of all-time
- Grant Hackett, 14:34.56 (2001)
- Mack Horton, 14:39.54 (2016)
- Kieren Perkins, 14:41.66 (1994)
- Jack McLoughlin, 1448.60 (2016)
- Jordan Harrison, 14:51.02 (2013)
- Craig Stevens, 14:53.19 (2008)
Note: Jack McLoughlin swam 14:48.60 to place 2nd behind Mack, which also moves him into Australia’s top 5 of all-time.
On the global scale, Horton’s time tonight now registers as the 8th-fastest performance in history, and the fastest since the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
Top 10 men’s 1500m performances of all time: