Video interview captured by swimswam reporter Colin Blair.
Men’s 800 Freestyle – TIMED FINAL – as reported by Braden Keith, swimswam editor-in-chief.
Australia’s Mack Horton has established himself as the swimmer of these championships, and in the boys’ 800 free on Wednesday, put up what is undoubtedly the swim of the meet so far.
He swam a 7:45.67 to win by 11 seconds and break American Evan Pinion’s Meet Record by 10 seconds.
So far in this meet, Horton has improved his best times by:
- 2.64 seconds in the 200 free
- 5.14 seconds in the 400 free
- 13.70 seconds in the 800 free
With his best race, the 1500, still to come. Horton’s best time in the 1500 is a 14:59 from May; we’ll let you extrapolate what this trend could mean for his time in that race.
As it is, though, Horton is now the fastest Australian in 2013 by two seconds, and ranks 5th in the world.
Medals were handed out, but everyone else in this final was largely an also-ran. The Czech Republic’s Jan Micka took silver in 7:56.33, and Poland’s Pawel Furtek took bronze in 7:58.33.
France’s Joris Bouchaut took 4th in 7:59.53: his country’s highest finish thus far in the meet. Egypt’s Ahmed Abbas was 5th in 8:02.77.
The Americans David Heron (8:09.23) and Jonathan Roberts (8:10.23) were 11th and 13th, respectively.
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