On the weekend Australian distance star Mack Horton flipped his Land Rover in a single vehicle accident. Horton, who ranks first in the world in the 400 freestyle (3:41.65) and second in the world in the 1500 freestyle (14:39.54), was four wheeling with some friends on the weekend when he hit an embankment and flipped the vehicle.
Horton was trapped in the driver’s seated once the rough caved in, but was freed by two friends that were following in different vehicles. The only thing that prevented the accident from being more severe was a log that stopped the Land Rover’s momentum.
“I basically drove off a cliff,’’ Horton told the Australian. “I think I’ve used up all my luck for this year.’’
“The only thing that flashed through my head was a tube of pawpaw ointment that I remember sailing past my eyes,’’ he said.
“Everyone was worried because I hit my head but I hadn’t lost consciousness and I wasn’t concussed.’’
Horton was examined by the Australian national team medical staff where he received an MRI and CAT scan. The only injuries the 20 year old suffered were hairline fractures to his nose and cheekbone.
The one thing that irked Horton the most was that the accident forced him to miss a practice,“Once I realised I was fine, I was more pissed that I had to miss training, but I’ve only missed one session,’’ he said.
His coach Craig Jackson expressed his own sense of relief to the Australian, “He’s so lucky that all he’s got is a bruised ego and a few bumps and scrapes,’’ Jackson said.
“From now on, he’s allowed to get out of bed, go to training and go back to bed.”