Mack Horton Provides A Lesson In Pouncing With Cat-And-Mouse Trail To 3:44 Victory

Mack Horton - by Delly Carr / Swimming Australia Ltd.

Olympic champion Mack Horton needed a 3:47.19 to follow-up his Rio roar in the 400m freestyle with a shot at the world title in Budapest this July. No contest: it wasn’t the stuff of his 3:41.65 at trials a year ago nor the 3:41.55 in which he took the ultimate crown in Brazil but a 3:44.18 did the trick nicely after a cat and mouse game in which Horton flowed with David McKeon and Jack McLoughlin until the moment he thought it best to pounce and kill off any notion that his status was in question. By the close, 0.06sec split the mice, McKeon in, McLoughlin out.

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