Mack ‘The Knife’ Horton Carves Out A 3:42 Warning To The World Of 400m Aces

Mack Horton and David McKeon , the next duel ahoy - courtesy of Swimming Australia

Mack Horton, 18, came of age as a threats to global titles in distance freestyle with a 3:42.84 – 5th best ever in a textile suit – win ahead of a fine 3:44.28 from David McKeon in the first final at Aussie nationals; third in 3:46.53 – Grant Hackett, the fastest 30-something in history

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Mack Horton, 18, came of age as a threats to global titles in distance freestyle with a 3:42.84 – 5th best ever in a textile suit – win ahead of a fine 3:44.28 from David McKeon in the first final at Aussie nationals; third in 3:46.53 – Grant Hackett, the fastest 30-something in history

Comments

Triguy

5th fattest in textile history hahaha :p I thought that was me

verram

LOL I picked up the “fattest” tag as well

Craig Lord

It is Triguy … he’s the fastest 🙂 – fat and fast fingers… 🙂

aswimfan

Hackett is simply amazing.

Horton is the real deal, he has kept on improving continuously every year. Kazan will be interesting to see if he’s ready to win a medal.

Bad Anon

Hackett will probably be swimming on the 800free relay, I’d imagine he’ll be around 1.47low or better 200free

Verram

Hopefully Hackett can make the 4×200 relay team.. His presence in the team in Kazan would be invaluable

commonwombat

Wasn’t expecting a 3.46 from Hackett; was thinking 3.48 low. Does he have 3 good 200’s in him to make 4X200 ?Very impressive from Horton and likely to see him marked as a medal chance for Kazan. Good to see him go ahead of McKeon who never seems to perform internationally.

The McKeon who DOES perform internationally does look good over 100FLY. Sizeable PB; can she get down towards 57flat ? She looks to have a sizeable gap on the rest who I feel may struggle to break 58.

Suspect these Trials will deliver some nasty shocks with a goodly number of events with only one qualifier and more than a few with no one making the cut. Not overly confident with the W200IM & M100BRS looks very iffy; Packard looked good and some chance, Sprenger doubtful.

felixdangerpants

McKeon looked great in semi, I think she’ll go 56 tomorrow, Coutts could struggle to make Kazan….

aswimfan

Hackett totally surprised me. I hope he makes the team in 4×200, but at 34 yo with only 6 months of training and conditioning, I am a bit worried if he will go max in the 200 final.

Bad Anon

Surprised by Coutts dropping the 2IM this season, an event she’s been on the podium at every major since 2011 in that event; winning silver in Shanghai, London, Barcelona and Glasgow. don’t see Seebohm medalling in the 2IM, too much depth on the world stage; Hosszu, Belmonte ,O’Connor, Ye, Leverenz , all with 2.08 potential.

commonwombat

57.3 is already a 0.4sec PB so sub 57 tomorrow night may be a stretch. Kazan ? Plausible but would suspect it may be another year before she’s close to the real “pointy end”. Agree that Coutts looks ordinary, as do the others, but 58.44 is a relatively soft QT so anyone from her/Groves/Elmslie could get lucky.

Sucipto’s 1.00.7 is a promising sign but dropping another 0.7-0.8 in 24 hours is highly unlikely. These trials look to have some too soon for Sprenger. Packard looks the only possibility of qualifying.

aswimfan

I agree that Sprenger needs an extra few months of training and conditioning. His second 50 looks very suspect.

crewboss2

That is an unreal time for Hackett, considering he is almost 35. Most fail miserably when they come back, but a 3:46 is a huge success, after just 6 months. Is it unrealistic to think he may be able to drop 4.02 seconds in the coming year and PB in Rio at age 36?!?!?!?

verram

why not, Hackett could well be Australia’s answer to Dara Torres

Verram

I wouldn’t be so negative about the lack of depth or fast times this year.. I would rather they all swim fast at next year’s trials and make the Olympics… There are other events this year aside from Worlds where hopefully they can hone those racing skills… I would rather appreciate the good swims than concentrate on the negatives

commonwombat

Verram; whilst I respect what you are saying I’m merely looking at the overall picture. Certainly celebrate the outstanding performances (of we hope there are plenty); acknowledge the promise shown by those “coming thru” but also acknowledge where there are some gaping holes in the program.

I agree that with some of these problematic events; there looks to be some “forward movers” who may potentially reach qualification standard by next year’s Trials. However, others vary from unlikely to probably “write-offs”.

We may be looking at teams for Kazan AND Rio with some greater medal potential but smaller in number and with some events going uncontested. Probably not a bad thing but likely to be a culture shock to many used to seeing “full coverage”.

Torchbearer

So was Horton’s time a Junior WR, and Hackett’s a Masters record?

Craig Lord

Torchbearer – Mack is no longer a junior (have to be 18 by the end of the year) and i will check but I believe you can only set masters record in masters competitions, otherwise the 25-29; 30-34; 35-40 records would all belong to elite competitors and be beyond the bounds of those who hold those records, such is the world of swimming footnotes and asterisk-strewn waters…

Torchbearer

Thanks for the clarification, didn’t know that about Masters.

zainol abidin

Dear Coach of oz swimming team
I have observed in 2008 olympic games in men relay 4 x 100 oz did wrong, they ask eamon sullivan swim first infact he was world record holder and the fastest in 100 meter, since he was the only fastest in oz team coach should ask him to swim in last leg. i hope in RIO coach must do carefully in relay, for women relay i would suggest bronte campbell will be first swimmer and cate will be anchor leg and men relay cameron mcevoy willl first swimmer and james magnessan will be last leg. i believe oz relay team will win in kazan and rio , dont ever put cate campbell and james magnessan as first swimmer in relay otherwise u will get dissapointed

Craig Lord

Thanks Zainol – Jacco and team will doubtless take note 🙂

CT

Mack Horton has made the usually difficult step up from juniors to seniors seem like a leisurely stroll in the park. Last year he was holding junior world times in 200,400,800,1500m. Come the the end of the Rio Olympics and he could be the grownup king of the world in three of those events.

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