JORDAN HARRISON has emerged as a bright, young star at the Australian Short Course Swimming Championships in Adelaide on Sunday.
The Gold Coaster carved a massive 17 seconds off his personal best time to clock the fastest time in the world over the past two years to win the 1500m freestyle in 14:26.21 – making him the second fastest Australian 1500m short course swimmer in history.
The only Australian to have swum faster is dual Olympic champion and short course world record holder Grant Hackett, his current training partner, who set the world record of 14:10.10 in Perth in 2001.
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Coming into the meet Harrison, from the Denis Cotterell stable at Pizzey Park had clocked 14:43.26 in Perth last year.
Harrison went through the 400m in 3:47.85 and the 800m in 7:39.55 – four seconds under his own personal best and the fourth fastest time ever by an Australian – with only Hackett, Perkins and Daniel Kowalski, who was poolside to witness tonight’s swim, clocking a faster time.
Earlier in the evening Commonwealth Games gold medallist and London Olympic finalist Mitch Larkin produced a crowd-pleasing 200m backstroke time, setting a new Australian and Australian All-Comers record of 1:47.72 – the sixth fastest time in history.
Larkin, who had set the previous Australian record at 1:48.69 at the FINA World Cup in Beijing just last month, went out after it again and was a touch under world record pace, splitting 52.33 at the 100m turn.
The world record of 1:46.11, set by Russia’s Arkady Vyatchanin was set in the body suit era in 2009. Larkin blitzed the field with silver going to defending champion Matson Lawson 1:54.03 with Travis Mahoney third in 1:54.40.
Both Harrison and Larkin were named in the 20-strong Australian team for next month’s FINA World Championships in Doha.