Mack Horton No-Shows Men’s 800 Free Prelims


Australian Mack Horton didn’t show for his heat in the men’s 800 free prelims on day 3 in Budapest.

Horton is already four swims deep at the World Championships, earning silver in the 400 free on day 2 before placing 11th, out of the final, in the men’s 200 free last night. The move will give him a few days rest prior to the men’s 4×200 free relay on day 6 and the 1500 free on days 7 and 8.

The 3rd seed in the race coming in, Horton won the bronze medal in this event at the 2015 World Championships, despite dealing with a parasitic bug that left him out of the 400 final.

The 2016 Olympic gold medalist in the 400 free also won silver in the 800 at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, and was the 2013 World junior champion.

In his absence Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri qualified 1st for the final in 7:45.31. Also qualifying for the final were Horton’s fellow 400 free medalists, Sun Yang and Gabriele Detti.

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Was he scared of Sun Yang?

Drama King

Just like Sun scared of Paltrineiri in 2015..

Chris Plack

Karma coming back to bite him. Sun cant be bothered with mr. drama. Hes focused, trains hard, and gives his all everytime hes in the pool. Thats what I admire about SUN.


what’s the problem with this drama king?

Keep swimming

He’s only good for one decent swim per meet.


What’s going on with Clark Smith? He was approx. 2:01 on the last 200. He’s a mid-season 8:33 1000 freestyler.


His first LC major international meet in his best events. His issues are mental. Am sure he will bounce back next year as he did at NCAAs.


I am sure he is disappointed but at least he didn’t bomb it like he is so capable of doing.

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