Brace Yourself For ‘The Australian Way’: Mack ‘The Knife’ Horton To Cut A 1500 Dash

Mack Horton sets for 30-lap challenge with Jordan Harrison [Swimming Australia]

After heats of the 1500m free, Mack Horton, he of the 3:42 over 400m on the first day of action of nationals in Sydney, threw in the biggest clue to how he’s going to tackle the 1500m final Friday if he is to get his curtain-closer near to his vision of what could unfold at this stage in his plan of progress: “The Australian way.”

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After heats of the 1500m free, Mack Horton, he of the 3:42 over 400m on the first day of action of nationals in Sydney, threw in the biggest clue to how he’s going to tackle the 1500m final Friday if he is to get his curtain-closer near to his vision of what could unfold at this stage in his plan of progress: “The Australian way.”

Comments

NickP4842

I’m definitely heading down to Homebush tonight to see this one. 5 years from now, after he’s won Gold both in Rio and Tokyo, I’ll have fond memories of watching this 18 year old kid ploughing through the water at the Nationals with his long gliding strokes.

Tbird

It feels like an Aussie piece of journalism. A touch too sweet on the Aussies. Dont get me wrong… Mack is great. He is talented, appears humble, and shows consistent IMPRESSIVE improvements.
I think we can ‘gloat’ about Ruta and Katie because they have arrived at the very top of their chosen fields and still appears to have more to come.
NOthing wrong with giving credit to good swimmers, just a touch too sweet, just like the Australian newspapers. imo.

CT

Yes we Aussies tend to wax lyrical over our sports people. That includes our swimmers who are among the best in the world. Their times tell us that. Love it when the worlds and Olympics come up and you Yanks and we Aussies go head to head to decide the best. These worlds in Russia will be no different.

CT

Who invented the Horton moniker of Mack the Knife? Was it Swimvortex or someone else.? Would be interested to know what the young Aussie distance ace thinks of the nickname.

CT

Have always wondered why America has her swimming nationals later than most other swimming nations? It certainly does not have a detrimental affect on their performances in the big meets.

CT

Agree NICK. Horton is one special bird. Could he even be better than either Perkins or Hackett? Time will tell.

Craig Lord

Tbird, I recall writing a similar piece in January 1991. The media were shown to a portacabin in which two young Aussies were waiting to be interviewed. One had set a world record that wasn’t allowed and about 30-40 reporters headed to hear what he had to say, leaving the other one alone down the other end. Given that I couldn’t get near, I headed to the other end, spoke to the other one, lapped up a fine moment and wrote that I thought this kid had something beyond what he’d shown in the water. He was called Kieren Perkins. The article might have been said to have a touch of ‘sweet’ about it. I hear what you say but I also see a 3:42 on the sheet at 18 and I see a record of delivering on big occasions (silver in 14:48 behind Cochrane last year was no mediocre moment). I’ll go along with the ‘sweet’ but not in terms of buttering up the swimmer: there is also sweet anticipation… 🙂 and if nothing comes of it, that would also be written…

Craig Lord

I did CT … as far as I’m aware 🙂

Craig Lord

CT, the record shows that the USA has one of the if not the best record of stepping up over trials times at the big event…

CT

I am a new poster. So I want to take this chance to thank SwimVortex for its excellent site. Better than Swimming Aust. site. I now only have to slick a button and I have all world swimmer rankings at my fingertips. Even superior to the FINA site. Thanks again guys from a grateful Aussie.

CT

Enjoy your replies Craig. Have you asked Mack about the moniker? Just tell me one other thing please. How do I get the funny faces?

CT

Craig. One other thing. Sorry to be a pain. Can I edit once posted? Have made one or two typos.

CT

Craig. So with the later nationals, the tapering must be later as well. Thought that could be a problem being so close to the meet.

CT

Enjoyed you anecdote on Perkins. The other swimmer obviously was Hackett. Take me back. Why was Grant’s record not allowed. What type of swim did Keiran have?

CT

Craig. Sorry I have probably over posted due to my excitement at being on an exclusive swimming forum.

CT

One further question SV. When do I get a profile so I can post an avatar?

beachmouse

The USA can’t really have a late March-early April selection meet because it would clash with the NCAA championships, which is the 1,000 pound gorilla in American swimming. So they go what’s usually a training cycle past NCAAs, which ends up being at some point in June-July with the idea that elite coaches are generally pretty good at getting their swimmers to hold a taper for another 2-3 weeks.

Torchbearer

I presume the other swimmer was Glen Housmann?

felixdangerpants

Both Horton & Harrison made those heat swims look ridiculously easy. I just can’t see Harrison staying with him for long, his skills are so sloppy compared to Mack. 14.37-14.51

Personal Best

It was Housman.

It was disallowed because the timing system didn’t work properly (from what I remember of the story). They used a hand held timer to verify his time.

Robert Traynor

I for one–or two if I eat more Cadburys–love sweet things, so I relished the article. I was already looking forward to this evening’s splash-n-slow-dash, but now I’m looking forward to it even more.

Craig Lord

It was, Torchbearer: Glen broke the 1500m world record in Adelaide at the 1990 Australian championships to qualify for the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland- the time was disallowed as the electronic timing equipment failed and hand-held timing was used… only elec timing counts for world records (though FINA may waiver on that given that they’ve told us all that facilities rules on pool don’t matter when world records are set…). Adelaide was embarrassed and Glen was knocked. He clocked 14:53.59 that day – and that remains his lifetime best. H had several more swims between 14:55 and 14:58.55 to his name by the close of 1992.

Craig Lord

When the digital team ever has time (not a priority :), feel feet to post as many notes as you wish, CT

Craig Lord

CT, other swimmer was Glen Housman. As in our reply here: He broke the 1500m world record in Adelaide at the 1990 Australian championships to qualify for the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland- the time was disallowed as the electronic timing equipment failed and hand-held timing was used… only elec timing counts for world records (though FINA may waiver on that given that they’ve told us all that facilities rules on pool don’t matter when world records are set…). Adelaide was embarrassed and Glen was knocked. He clocked 14:53.59 that day – and that remains his lifetime best. H had several more swims between 14:55 and 14:58.55 to his name by the close of 1992. His 14:53 surpassed the then WR of 14:54.76, held by Vladimir Salnikov (1980 and 1988 Olympic champion, USSR) since 1983.

CT

I had forgotten about Glen Housman. Yes that was very embarrassing for Australian swimming at the time. It was also devastating for Housman. Never quite the same after that. Australia has had a plethora of very good 1500 meters swimmers over the years. Going back to the 1956 Olympics with Murray Rose.What are your thoughts on Horton Craig. Will he be the best of them all?

CT

Craig. Just about editing after posting? Where do I access the happy faces? They differ from site to site.

Craig Lord

CT, don’t know off top of head … and too busy to look right now 🙂

CT

Do the USA have anyone capable of testing Cate Campbell’s 100m time of 52.69?

aswimfan

I think Mack the Knife’s 14:44 is fastest ever by 18yo in textile.
His splits are an amazing sight of even-ness and consistency.

Ok, I am calling the 1500 free winner of 2016 Rio.

aswimfan

CT,

I think Simone Manuel might eventually goes 52.69, but maybe too early for this year though.

TommyL

I think it is going to be very close in Rio between Mack – Grigorio – Sun. Currently I do not see anyone else to be in the same league as them. Kazan will be a good indicator.

aswimfan

Mack “the knife” Horton cuts through water like knife through butter.

So smooth.

CT

How old is Simone Manuel and what is her best 100m time asf?

CT

ASF. Spot on. Paltrinieri has to make up 14 seconds on Horton to beat him at the worlds. Got the impression from Mack’s post match interview that he thinks he can go faster. Should imagine Sun will be underdone after his enforced lay off.

Craig Lord

CT, Paltinieri won Euro crown in 14:39 last year and will go in his own nationals next week… rankings only take full shape when all have fired… they serve as a guide but have to be seen in the context of the past few seasons leading into a major event. Info in the race file:
http://www.swimvortex.com/mack-horton-1444-joins-all-time-top-10-tex-as-the-one-swim-beyond-biggest-occasions/

CT

Australia had two outstanding 1500m prospects same time last year..Horton and Jordan Harrison. Not sure what has brought about the demise of Queenslander Harrison but he is almost a minute down on his 15:03 at the 2014 nationals. Dennis Cotterell no doubt knows why as Jordan is from the strong Miami SC stable.

CT

You are right Craig. Perhaps jumping the gun a bit but Gregorio’s best this year is 14 seconds slower than Mack. I will wait till after the Italian nationals before passing judgement. Can you tell me please if I can edit after posting. Where do I get happy faces?

CT

This is why I asked if I could edit after posting. Before I cop it. I want to change my previous post about Jordan Harrison. He has gone downhill since his 14:51 in 2013 compared to today,posting a slow 16:06 early this year in our state champs. Going on his 15:03 to Mack’s 14:44, he is starting to get back to form. Still 1m.3sc is a huge turnaround in such a short time. Miami coach Dennis Cotterell now doubt understands the reasons.

CT

I believe Mack “the knife” Horton (it is catching Craig) can seriously test Ian Thorpes all time textile 400m free 3:40.08 record in the next 12/14 months. The 18 year old distance ace has improved his times steadily over the past two years by around 3sec. each year. Going on this, Mack’s current world best 3:42.84 could be shaved down to Thorpes time by the 2016 Olympics. Fingers crossed.

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