20-year-old Melburnian Mack Horton will compete in the 1500m freestyle, 400m freestyle and the 4 x 200m freestyle relay after a standout trials in Adelaide in April.
Horton narrowly missed out on selection for the London 2012 Olympics after finishing second in the 1,500 metres freestyle at the trials four years ago.
Since that disappointment, Horton has gone on to win silver at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and then despite a parasitic bug he won bronze in the 800m freestyle (a non-Olympic event) at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia.
Horton has previously slept with a piece of paper above his bed with the list of age record holders for the 1500m freestyle, showing how proud he is of Australia’s record in the event.
He studies commerce online at university, wears thick rimmed glasses out of the pool, and contacts in it, to cope with short-sightedness.
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1500m Freestyle Men, 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay Men, 400m Freestyle Men
Malvern, VIC, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut
- 1st (400m freestyle) – 2016 Australian Swimming Championships (Adelaide, Australia)
- 2nd (400m freestyle) – 2016 NSW Open Championships (Sydney, Australia)
- 11th (400m freestyle) – 2015 World Championships (Kazan, Russia)
- 4th (400m freestyle) – 2014 Commonwealth Games (Glasgow, Scotland)
- 2nd (1500m freestyle) – 2014 Commonwealth Games (Glasgow, Scotland)
Victorian Institute of Sport
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Melbourne Vicentre Swimming Club at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre