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There has been much discussion in Australia’s swimming ranks about the drop-off in the distance ranks in the past five years and anecdotal evidence from coaches that the new generation of swimmers was unwilling to do the work required for the toughest event on the pool program.
But Horton, in Year 11 at Caulfield Grammar, said it was the challenge of the 1500m that attracted him.
“It’s just so hard,” Horton said.
“A lot of people wuss it. It separates the men from the boys. It’s the competition to see who’s the toughest.”