Horton has 1500m swim heroics in sight


What a shame short-sighted young gun Mack Horton can’t see the scoreboard at the national swimming titles in Sydney.

It seems he is the last to know about his world-beating performances.

And the stage is set for him to be initially oblivious of a doozy in the 1500m freestyle final on Friday night.

At just 18, Horton has toasted 400m and 800m freestyle success at the 2015 world titles trials – once being told.

Horton revealed an awkward moment where he had to ask Grant Hackett how he had fared in the 400m freestyle final earlier this week.

Hackett – who had just picked up a shock 400m bronze in his first meet in six years – mistakenly told Horton second-placed David McKeon’s time.

But Horton had actually clocked the fifth fastest time in history to claim a maiden 400m title – a fact not revealed until later by his coach Craig Jackson.

Horton again had to squint hard before giving up and being told he had sealed a maiden 800m win in 7:51.85 on Monday night – seven seconds faster than his nearest rival. […]

Horton almost apologised for swimming so fast in the 800m final, admitting he had plenty more left in the tank.

But asked how much faster he could go to defend his national 1500m title, a guarded Horton said: “That’s a secret”.

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