Mack Horton Comes Back to Take 400 Free Gold; First for Australia

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Photo Courtesy: Delly Carr/Swimming Australia Ltd.

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England’s James Guy and Australia’s Jack McLoughlin took a big early lead in the Commonwealth 400 free final, but they could not shake the Olympic gold medalist, local favorite Mack Horton. And Horton came back, pulling aside the early leaders on the third 100 and moving into the lead with one lap to go.

Horton pulled away down the stretch and came in at 3:43.76. That was well off his lifetime best of 3:41.55, swum on his way to Olympic gold in Rio, but it was plenty to take the win in Gold Coast. Horton’s gold was the first for Australia since Ian Thorpe won back-to-back Commonwealth titles in the event in 1998 and 2002.

McLoughlin ended up touching out Guy for silver, 3:45.21 to 3:45.32. The bronze was the second straight at the Commonwealth Games for Guy — the 2014 bronze was his first international medal, before he became a World Champion — while McLoughlin earned his first-ever international medal

Wales’ Daniel Jervis finished fourth in 3:48.08, and two other men got under 3:50: Canada’s Jeremy Bagshaw (3:49.52) and Australia’s David McKeon (3:49.60). Rounding out the final were Malaysia’s Welson Sim (3:53.36) and Scotland’s Stephen Milne (3:55.01).

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2 comments

  1. Uwe Daßler

    Go, Mack! Go for Gold! 👍👊🏅