Horton Rockets To 2nd Fastest Aussie Of All Time Behind Only Thorpe

Australia’s highly anticipated National Championships, which serve as the country’s Olympic Trials, kicked off in Adelaide today and already we saw one break-out performance.

Day 1 Recap

19-year-old Mack Horton impressed his nation and beyond by racing to a gold medal in the men’s 400m freestyle in a lifetime best mark of 3:41.65. His previous swiftest performance was that of a 3:42.84 he rocked at last year’s Aussie Championships, so the distance ace dropped just over a second with tonight’s outing.

Horton’s split break-down reveals the teenager negative split the race, going out in 1:50.87 and bringing it home about a tenth quicker in 1:50.78, enough to not only stand atop the podium and book his ticket to Rio as part of the Australian Olympic team, but also put the 400m freestylers around the world on notice, moving into the number one spot in the world rankings.

However, another list took a hit after Horton’s achievement. With his swim, Horton moved way up on the storied swimming nation’s All-Time swimmers list.

The 3:42.84 Horton dropped last year is positioned was the 4th-fastest time ever produced by an Australian, but Horton improved 2 spots on the significant list to now rank as the 2nd-fastest performer ever.  And, Horton bounced over a legend in order to do so; a legend who, ironically, swam in the same final as he did tonight.

Ian Thorpe holds the fastest Australian 400m freestyle time ever with the 3:40.08 he clocked in Manchester in 2002, but multi-Olympic gold medalist Grant Hackett was next in line with the 3:42.51 he produced in Fukuoka back in 2001.

In tonight’s race, 35-year-old Hackett, who returned to racing late 2014 after having been retired and out of the pool for 6 years, clocked a very respectable time of 3:48.84 to collect a 4th place finish. But he would end up watching Horton blow him by both in the pool and on the all-time list.

Besides just having legendary Hackett in his final heat tonight, it’s eye-opening to note that Horton was born in the same year in which Hackett won his first national title in this event.

Men’s 400m Freestyle

  1. 3:40.08 Ian Thorpe 1982 Manchester 30.07.02
  2. 3:41.65 Mack Horton 2016 Adelaide 07.04.16
  3. 3:42.51 Grant Hackett 1980 Fukuoka 22.07.01
  4. 3:43.71 David McKeon 1992 Adelaide 26.04.13
  5. 3:43.80 Kieren Perkins 1973 Rome 09.09.94
  6. 3:45.16 Ryan Napoleon 1990 Sydney 01.04.11
  7. 3:45.85 Jordan Harrison 1995 Adelaide 26.04.13
  8. 3:46.01 Robert Hurley 1988 Rome 26.07.09
  9. 3:46.54 Thomas Fraser-Holmes 1991 Sydney 01.04.11
  10. 3:46.64 Craig Stevens 1980 Sydney 22.03.08

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4 years ago

Reports out of Australia indicate that the Adelaide facility is actually 49 meters long. This would explain the recent history of incredible swims performed at their Trials and not International competition. A member from the Pan Pacific Championship team, whom wished not to be named, confirmed the report with use of his trusty tape measure, that in fact the pools demension’s were 25m by 49.0m. Swimming Austrailla refused to comment when contacted. FINA confirmed they would be investigating the report with possible repercussions involving Swimming Australlias banishment from the Rio Olympic Games.

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Reply to  KingMurphy
4 years ago

Is this trolling, or is it satire?

bobo gigi
4 years ago

49-meter pool or not, I want to see someone break the stupid world record of Biedermann.
Great time by Horton. We know his huge talent.
But last year he swam 3.42 at home and then 3.47 at worlds.
Hopefully for him he has learned some lessons and will deliver in Rio.

Impressive time by the old Hackett. Respect.

Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

If only Horton had clear water with no pressure, he could have swum 3:34 easy.

Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

There are no stupid records. But for me, Horton has the best chances to break Biedermann’s record.

4 years ago

The years listed next to the swimmers names indicate their date of birth. Mack Hortons says 2016. That’s what makes this swim even more impressive 😉

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