Open Water Swimmers Dominate Men's 1500m Freestyle Olympic Preliminaries

Open Water Swimmers Dominate Men’s 1500m Freestyle Olympic Preliminaries

It is a sign of times: marathon swimmers are just plain fast and getting faster.  The top swimmers are world-class fast, but now it is well documented that they are among the fastest distance freestyle swimmers in the world.

American Bobby Finke of Florida qualified second in the 1500m freestyle preliminary heats in 14:47.20.  The American qualified just ahead of German open water swimmer Florian Wellbrock in 14:48.53 and Italian open water swimmer Gregorio Paltrinieri in 14:49.17. 

That leaves 3 dual pool-and-open water specialists among the top 8 finalists in the 1500,” says Steven Munatones.

Jack Alan McLoughlin of Australia finished 10th in 14:56.98 and Gergely Gyurta of Hungary finished 15th in 15:01.85 while American Michael Brinegar finished 17th in 15:04.67.  

What is great is that all these guys are relatively young and will have at least one more Olympics Games in their career before retirement, especially since Paris is only three years off in 2024.  And some of them may even peak in 2028 at the Los Angeles Olympics.”

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