Victor Johansson Lowers Own Swedish Record In 1500 Freestyle

2017 FINA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Swedish youngster Victor Johansson broke his own national record in the men’s 1500 prelims, knocking nearly ten seconds off the mark.

Last year at the European Junior Championships Johansson broke a 29-year-old national record in 15:15.24, taking the 1987 mark of Stefan Persson off the books. Here in Budapest, he takes that time down another nine-plus seconds, coming in at 15:05.91 in the 2nd of 4 heats.

He also smashed his national record earlier in the 800 free, clocking 7:52.66 to take 11th and lower his best of 7:56.64. He also holds the Swedish records in the short course pool at 7:47.70 and 14:55.68.

Johansson ended up 15th in the event, as his fellow Europeans occupy seven of the eight final positions. Ukrainian Mykhailo Romanchuk leads the way at 14:44.11, with defending champion Gregorio Paltrinieri (14:44.31) and 800 winner Gabriele Detti (14:50.10) sitting 2nd and 3rd.

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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