More Medals in the Pool for Aussies as Campbell & McKeon Take More Gold, Horton Silver
Australia’s female swimmers have finished their Commonwealth Games campaign with yet another gold medal.
Cate Campbell’s brilliant final leg sank a strong challenge from England in the 4x100m medley. Campbell clocked in at 51.59 for her share of the race, and she overtook the English with just 50 metres to go. Afterwards, she attributed her performance to a rare, good night’s sleep.
“I was really feeling the pressure last night. So I got a good night’s sleep for I think the first time since we’ve been here,” she said.
Campbell and her teammates, Emily Seebohm, Emma McKeon and Lorna Tonks, also managed to set a new Commonwealth Games record with their last swim in Glasgow.
Mack Horton isn’t just chasing his rivals and their records, he’s chasing those of his heroes.
The 18-year-old took the silver medal in the men’s 1500 metres freestyle on the final evening of swimming competition at the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday, only beaten to the wall by the Olympic silver medallist from London, Ryan Cochrane.
Yet it wasn’t the Canadian’s time Horton had on his mind in the moments after the race. Rather that of Grant Hackett, the last in a line of great Australian distance swimmers, at the Miami pool in Queensland on March 27, 1999.
Hackett’s time then, 14 minutes 48.68 seconds, still stands as the Australian age record for 18-year-olds. The Melbourne teenager, slashing nearly three seconds off his personal best, hit the wall after 30 laps of the Tollcross pool in 14.48.76.
“I got told just before by Gary, our team manager, that Hackett went .08 faster I believe,” Horton said. “So that’s a bit of a bummer.” That is one way to look at it. Another is to recognise that, after a seemingly interminable weight, Australia now might just finally have another major player in a race the nation holds close to its heart.Horton’s silver was Australia’s first medal in the 1500m at a Commonwealth Games for 12 years
Story Courtesy of The Age