Olympic Champion Mack Horton Misses 400 Free Worlds Qualification


After this morning’s heats, the men’s 400m freestyle appeared to be a battle between Olympians Jack McLoughlin and Mack Horton, the latter of whom had won the event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

But 23-year-old Horton couldn’t match pace with McLoughlin, as the Chandler freestyle ace surged to the wall comfortably in first in a mark of 3:44.34. That time easily dips under the Aussie-mandated QT of 3:46.14, punching McLoughlin’s ticket to Gwangju. Horton, however, missed the mark, settling for silver well behind in 3:46.47.

The pair finished in the same sequence at last year’s Pan Pacific Championships, proving that McLoughlin’s win there in Tokyo was no fluke.

McLoughlin simply out-swum the competition tonight, leading wire-to-wire. His time of 3:44.34 checks-in as the 2nd fastest mark of his career, with the aforementioned win in Tokyo sitting as his quickest ever in 3:44.20.

As for Horton, the Melbourne Vicentre swimmer’s time of 3:46.47 is well off his 3:44.31 from the aforementioned race, but also indicative of how the Olympic gold medalist has fared in the last year or so. Horton hasn’t cracked 3:50 in 2019, with his last outing in that territory happening at Pan Pacs.

With his absence, Horton represents a medalist from 2017 World Championships who will not be racing in the same event in Gwangju.

Horton still has a chance to qualify for Worlds in the 200m and 800m free, if he can shake off this misfire and re-focus.


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He has tried hard to distance himself from being the new Thorpe or Hackett or Hell no Sun . Success!

Its a big decision to go for Tokyo in this state .


Time will tell whether his poor performance in the 400 free is a symptom of a larger problem, or simply a one off issue.
Given the spate of ‘bad news’ for Australian Swimming over the past few weeks, one can only hope that this is a bump
on the road to Tokyo for him.


i have a gut feeling his lifetime best will always be his performance in Rio. I hope im wrong


If that’s the case, his “lifetime best” produced a Gold medal in the Olympics. Seems tk. Me he can perform under the most intense pressure. That’s a hell of a lot better than almost every other human who has ever lived.

Incredible swimmer, seems like an even better guy.


Yeah, but a male swimmer shouldn’t be peaking in their teens.


Happens all the time in the USA. Not a big deal.



Here Comes Lezak

Never underestimate the heart of a champion


Well, the Olympic final IS the time to peak..as an Aussie, I imagine if the likes of Sullivan and Trickett had their lifetime peaks at the Olympics, they would be dripping in gold.

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