Participants

Mack HORTON

Mack HORTON
    Swimming
Birth Date:  25 Apr 1996
Place of Birth:  MALVERN
Country of birth:  AUS
Age:  21
Gender:   Men
Height (cm):  190
Weight (Kg):  88

Mack HORTON - Schedule


Schedule
Time Event Status
Thu, 5 Apr 10:52
Men's 400m Freestyle Heat 2
Finished
Thu, 5 Apr 19:46
Gold Medal Event Men's 400m Freestyle Final
Finished
Fri, 6 Apr 10:38
Men's 200m Freestyle Heat 3
Finished
Fri, 6 Apr 19:56
Gold Medal Event Men's 200m Freestyle Final
Finished
Sun, 8 Apr 22:01
Gold Medal Event Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay Final
Finished
Tue, 10 Apr 21:03
Gold Medal Event Men's 1500m Freestyle Final
Finished

Biographical Information


Highlights
Commonwealth Games
YearLocationEventRankResult
2014 Glasgow, SCO Men's 400m Freestyle 4 3:44.91
2014 Glasgow, SCO Men's 1500m Freestyle 2 14:48.76
2014 Glasgow, SCO Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 1 7:07.38

Olympic Games
YearLocationEventRankResult
2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Men's 400m Freestyle 1 3:41.55
2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Men's 1500m Freestyle 5 14:49.54
2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 4 7:04.18

World Championships
YearLocationEventRankResult
2017 Budapest, HUN Men's 200m Freestyle 11 1:46.81
2017 Budapest, HUN Men's 400m Freestyle 2 3:43.85
2017 Budapest, HUN Men's 800m Freestyle DNS -
2017 Budapest, HUN Men's 1500m Freestyle 3 14:47.70
2017 Budapest, HUN Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 4 7:05.98
2015 Kazan, RUS Men's 400m Freestyle 11 3:47.37
2015 Kazan, RUS Men's 800m Freestyle 3 7:44.02
2015 Kazan, RUS Men's 1500m Freestyle 11 15:00.51

Nickname: Mack, Mack the Knife (olympics.com.au, May 2016; abc.net.au, 7 Aug 2016)
Hobbies

Skating, photography, sailing, sleeping (Athlete, Oct 2017; vis.org.au, 29 Aug 2017)


Occupation: Student (vis.org.au, 29 Aug 2017)
Education: Business at Australian Catholic University, Australia
Languages spoken: English
Coach

CLUB: Craig JACKSON (olympics.com.au, May 2016)


Reason: Began swimming at 10 to help overcome his fear of the water. (abc.net.au, 7 Aug 2016)
Ambition: "To be the best that I can be." (Athlete, Oct 2017)
Memorable: "Rio (Olympics) 2016." (Athlete, Oct 2017)
Hero: "Any Australian distance swimmer. They are legends. Roger FEDERER (SUI) also." (Athlete, Oct 2017)
Influence: My family and my coach, Craig JACKSON. "Because I spend so much time with them." (Athlete, Oct 2017)
Ritual: "Splash water on myself." (Athlete, Feb 2018)
Additional information

RIVALRY
Called out his Chinese rival, SUN Yang, as a drug cheat at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. After beating SUN in the 400m freestyle at the Games, SUN’s Chinese fans created a social media storm in the wake of HORTON’s comments and he is still regularly trolled online. He did it again before their rematch over 400m at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. When asked about his rivalry with SUN, he responded: "I don’t know if it’s a rivalry (between us). I think it’s a rivalry between clean athletes and athletes who have tested positive, but there should be some good racing." (heraldsun.com.au, 23 Jul 2017)


CANCER SCARE
Saved from skin cancer by an eagle-eyed fan, who spotted in post-race photographs that a mole on his chest had changed shape. Had surgery in October 2016 to have the mole removed after the fan got in touch with the Australian Olympic swim team via email. (dailymail.co.uk, 21 Oct 2016)


TRAFFIC OFFENCE
In February 2017, faced a Melbourne magistrate court for running a red light in his car in June 2016. Planned to contest the charge, but pleaded guilty and was released without conviction on a six-month good behaviour bond. Also ordered to pay AU$150 to the Smith Family charity. (heraldsun.com.au, 8 Feb 2017)


BLIND SPOT
Short-sighted and needs thick prescription goggles to compete. His eyesight is so bad, that without his glasses or goggles he could, "barely see my hand in front of my face". (abc.net.au, 7 Aug 2016)


AWARD
Received Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2017 Australia Day Honours. (olympics.com.au, 26 Jan 2017)


COMPETITIVE FRIENDSHIP
Trained with Olympic and world 1500m freestyle champion, Gregorio PALTRINIERI (ITA), in Melbourne, Australia, from October 2017. "He’s whooping my arse in every over-distance session we do. I am faster, but he can go and go, so our strengths are each other’s weaknesses and that’s why it’s good for us to train together." PALTRINIERI also trained with HORTON and his coach Craig JACKSON in 2014, when neither had yet established themselves as a major international star. (The Australian, 11 Oct 2017)


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Legend

Gold: Gold
Silver: Silver
Bronze: Bronze
Gold Medal Event: Gold Medal Event
Bronze Medal Event: Bronze Medal Event

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