No Mile for Clark Smith at World Champ Trials (Video)

Reported by Lauren Neidigh.


  1. Clark Smith– 3:49.40
  2. Jay Litherland– 3:50.96
  3. Marcelo Acosta– 3:52.49

Texas’ Clark Smith was the only man to break 3:50 tonight, taking it out in 1:53.54 to lead the race from start to finish. His winning time of 3:49.40 put him over a second and a half ahead of the field. Georgia’s Jay Litherland came from behind on the back half, charging to a 3:50.96 for silver with the fastest final 100 split of the field (56.39).

Stanford’s True Sweetser held a slight lead over Louisville’s Marcelo Acosta at the 300-meter mark in their battle for bronze. He was nearly a second ahead as they flipped for the final 100 meters, but Acosta dropped the hammer, outsplitting Sweetser 57.12 to 58.38 on the last 100. At the touch, Acosta nabbed the bronze in 3:52.49, followed by Sweetser in 3:52.83.

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Coach MM

Good, since they won’t be offering that event at the world trials.

The men’s 1500 free is definitely offered. The official meet information says so.

Coach MM

1500 is not a mile as the article states. A mile is 1609.344 meters. The 1500 will definitely be offered!


So witty.


1500m is a metric mile…


Better focus on the 200 & 400


I think he can be world champion in the 800 if he swims it. American record holder in the 500, 1000 and 1650 and we know what he can do in a 400m free.

As far as dropping the mile, it makes sense if he still wants to quaify for the 800 free relay.

Really tough to rest enough to have the speed for a 1:46 200 and still have a world class mile. Especially tough if you go for the mile on day 1 and end up 3rd.

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