Olympic Gold Medalist Mack Horton Marries High School Sweetheart Ella Walter

Australian swimmer Mack Horton has married his high school sweetheart Ella Walter. The two were wedded on Saturday in Australia.

Horton, 27, and Walter, a nurse, were engaged in January 2022.

Horton won an Olympic gold medal in the 400 free in Rio in 2016 and a bronze medal as a prelims leg on the Australian 800 free relay in 2021 in Tokyo.

While his 1:44.85 anchor was the fastest Australian leg at the 2019 World Championships, leading Australia to gold over Russia and the USA, he had the slowest split on the prelims relay in Tokyo, missing out on finals.

Including that 2019 relay title, he has 7 World Championship medals, 4 Pan Pac Championship medals, and 8 Commonwealth Games medals – including 4 gold.

Horton is a former World Junior Record holder in the 200 free, 400 free, and 800 free.

Earlier this year at Australia’s selection meet, Horton finished 33rd in the 200 free, 3rd in the 400 free behind Sam Short and Elijah Winnington, and 5th in the 800 free, missing the team for the World Championships.

Horton, who continues to indicate that he’s training for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, completed a half Ironman last week in Maroochydore, Queensland. He finished 237th out of 916 individual male competitors in the race, including 39th of 112 in the 25-29 age group. Unsurprisingly, he was the first out of the water in the 1.9km swim, completing the race in 22:51.

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10 days ago

Going to the beach and swimming on your honeymoon??
Isnt that like going to work while on Holiday for Horton?

Congrats to the happy couple.

Reply to  SwimNerd
10 days ago

you are the only one who thinks that way

10 days ago

To me, this dude has always seemed like the coolest swimmer, the one I’d want to chill with for a day. Excelsior, Mack. Best.

11 days ago

Congrats to them both. To eternity and beyond … 🚀💕

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11 days ago

the only knock i have on this guy is that he is victorian. his photos on socials are always very nice and these are no exception. happy days

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11 days ago

This seems really strange to have a “knock” on someone because of where they live (or in this case lived, he has been on the Gold Coast for a few years now). What is it with Victoria that creates people worthy of a “knock”? Genuinely interested.

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Reply to  SHRKB8
11 days ago

trams, the melbounre storm, differences in trade ideologies in the late 19th century – I could go on of course

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11 days ago

All dumb reasons!

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10 days ago

If you are being genuine, you are probably generalising the whole of Victoria with a small percentage of it (Melbourne). If you get the opportunity may I suggest going a few hours outside of the big smoke, many country Victorian communities hold a really welcoming and positive array of people just trying their best to make your visit spectacular. The Silo art trail takes you through amazing little communities and provides spectacular artwork on massive grain silos as a bonus, the River Murray and the many towns along its bank are just a wonderful example of strong and resilient communities only too willing to get in and help each other through tough times, if you have a vehicle that can… Read more »

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