Horton takes second FINA Junior World Record with 14:51 in 1500 free

With FINA officially beginning recognition of Junior World Records on April 1st, Australian 17-year-old Mack Horton has now taken down two of them within the first week.

On Tuesday of Australian nationals, Horton went 3:44.60 to break the official 400 free record, and Sunday night he went 14:51.55 to add the 1500 free to that haul.The current FINA records stand as the winning times from the Junior World Championships last summer. That means Horton officially broke his own record of 14:56.60.

Of course, the qualifier on these Junior World Records is that FINA is not retroactively assigning any records to previously-swum faster times. In both cases, Horton’s Junior World Records are not even Australian World Records – Ian Thorpe still holds the 400 free and Grant Hackett’s 14:48.63 from 1999 is the fastest junior 1500 time on record for an Aussie.

Nonetheless, this was a big swim for the rising Horton, knocking 5 seconds off his incoming seed and  powering him from the third prelims seed to a national championship. Hackett’s Aussie record was set at age 18, so Horton does have another year to try and knock down the final three seconds to add the Australian mark to his World Record.

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Josh
7 years ago

Dumb. It would not be that hard to go back and look at true Junior World records since most (all?) swimming countries keep those records.

But this kid is very fast so it will be fun to see his progress.

rafael
7 years ago

Junior wr for 1500 would be sun 14:46 from 2008 right?

aswimfan
Reply to  rafael
7 years ago

It was swum in LZR.

Do you really want rubbersuit to taint junior records?

Scuba Steve
Reply to  aswimfan
7 years ago

Perkins was 18 when he won the ’92 Olympic title in 14:43.48. In briefs of course. That’s the record.

aswimfan
Reply to  Scuba Steve
7 years ago

Thanks! How did I forget about Perkins’ 1992, I didn’t know he was still 18. Stunning!

Ben
7 years ago

yeah can someone come up with an “actual” record list even if its not fina official…

Rafael
7 years ago

What is sun fastest before 19 at textile?

Rafael
7 years ago

And i dont think lzr helped so much to 1500 free

aswimfan
Reply to  Rafael
7 years ago

LZR may not have helped so much in 1,500 compared as in 100 fly for example, but it still did. The fact that Hackett swam 14:38 in a prelims at his age strongly indicates that it did. You are mistaken if you think it didn’t help.

Here’s the data from the closest world/olympics, removing 2009:
At 2007 worlds, 7 swimmers went 15:00 or under in the final
At 2008 Olympics, 13 swimmers went 15:00 or under in the PRELIMS
At 2011 worlds, 6 swimmers went 15:00 or under in the final

Doc
7 years ago

The US 17-18 record (and maybe world junior record?) is 14:45.29 by Larsen Jensen in 2004

Scuba Steve
7 years ago

I think the boys records are as follows
50 Free 21.98 Sedov
100 Free 48.07 McEvoy
200 Free 1:43.90 Izotov (or 1:44.06 Thorpe for textile)
400 Free 3:40.17 Thorpe
800 Free 7:39.16 Thorpe
1500 Free 14:43.48 Perkins
100 Back 53.10 Hagino
200 Back 1:54.77 Irie
100 Breast 1:00.08 Lobanov
200 Breast 2:07.84 Yamaguchi
100 Fly 51.10 Phelps
200 Fly 1:53.93 Phelps
200 IM 1:55.74 Hagino
400 IM 4:07.61 Hagino

Rafael
Reply to  Scuba Steve
7 years ago

At 2010 November the suits were already banned right?

Sun won 1500 free at 14:35.43 at November.. he turned 19 at December only..

aswimfan
Reply to  Rafael
7 years ago

I thought according to the rule, for boys, they must not be over 18 by December 31 of that year. So Sun Yang’s does not count.

Rafael
Reply to  aswimfan
7 years ago

Gotta check the rules… don´t know for sure..

Scuba Steve
Reply to  Rafael
7 years ago

I missed that Rafael, thanks. There is only one rule in my record book – the age of the swimmer at the time of the swim. Sun Yang has the record (in my books, at least).

Scuba Steve
7 years ago

The gils are more difficult. Fina recognises 17 years, and I have a 16 year and an 18 year list.

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