Mack “The Knife” Horton & The Pioneering Campbell Sisters Make It Australia Day

Cate Campbell reaching for Australia's second gold of the day in Rio - by Patrick B. Kraemer

The Dolphins arrived in Rio with a serious shot at causing trouble for the world No1 aquatic superpower, the United States, and day one lived up to its billing. Early days – the USA has a great many chances itself but today the Sister Act of Cate and Bronte Campbell – the first siblings in Olympic swimming history to share gold – and Mack “The Knife” Horton, with a stinging-rebuke of a win over China’s tainted Sun Yang*, stole the day.

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Now that Horton is swimming on form and riding on a high confidence, I wonder if the Aussie coaches will put him in 4×200 final.
Remember that in 2013 junior worlds he already split 1:45.
Mcevoy-TFH-mcKeon-Horton may not be fast enough to upset USA, but at least will give them run for their money

Steve Thorpe

It was a good night for the Aussies, but it came after a very strong performance by USA in heats. I was very impressed by the heat swims and know that some gold will follow.

In London much was made of Aussie failure despite a healthy count of Silver – it is a shame we don’t get as excited by the other podium rewards, some of them achieved in close finishes. I can recall a time when a silver medal was relishes with much pride and not diminished by the question – What went wrong? Toxic culture? blah blah.

The silver behind Aussie women’s relay was an amazing feat. The US team did the best they could given the target was freakishly good. Ledecky continues to amaze me.

And the bronze!!! Canada is back. If they can nurture this new crop of speedstars then Australia will struggle with an extra serious rival besides USA and Dutch. Bring it on!


Jubilation for Mack after missing out in world titles thru injury, Now he is undisputed world and Olympic champion.

Our super sprint girls. What can you say. Simply awesome. Take a bow Emma, Brittany, Bronte and Cate.


SV… My username is INTHE FASTLANE. Please change.


ASF, I agree, this is a very fast relay team, maybe not quick enough to match the Americans, but certainly comfortable silver medalist & maybe even scare the Americans.


The Canadian women’s side, as a whole, is looking very promising.

Oleksiak is already prominent in the crew scrapping for minor medals in the 100fly & looks like she may crash the sharp end of the 100fr in years to come.

Thomas disappointed in the 100fly but she may progress. Masse’s times put her in the frame for the 100back title. Smith is a 1.06 100 breaststroker. McLean is potentially round the business end of the distance freestyles.

Some of these may go on to be major international figures, some may inevitably flame out but this relay medal may not be Canada’s last, either in Rio or at World level over the next few years.

kevin roose

Magnificent swim by Horton came into this meet number one fastest this year and deserved favoritism …The monkey is off his back ( Kazan) and will only get better and will continue the rich history Australia have in 400/1500 mens freestyle ….


Canada girls are looking dangerous in 4×100 medley. Not enough for gold or silver, but are looking very strong for bronze:

Kylie Masse 59.06 back
Rachel Nicol 1:06.88 breast
Penny Oleksiak 56.7 fly
Ruck/Van Landeghem in free.


What monkey kr? Horton had a bad virus at the worlds which depleted his energy.


I see Canada as being very strong come the Comm games back on Aussie shores in 2018.

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