Sydney: Dual Olympic champion Grant Hackett finished third in the 400-metres freestyle final in his comeback swim after seven years out of the pool at Australia's world championship trials in Sydney yesterday.
Grant Hackett smiles after finishing third in the 400-metres freestyle final at Australia’s World Championship trials in Sydney yesterday. Pic/Getty Images
The 34-year-old, in his first major meet since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, clocked three minutes, 46.53 seconds to finish with the bronze medal behind Mack Horton (3:42.84) and defending champion David McKeon (3:44.28).
He can't believe it
Hackett qualified fourth-fastest for the final. Based on Friday's swim, he is considered to have a strong chance of a top-six 200m freestyle finish and, as a result, a relay berth for this year's world championships in Russia.
"I can't believe I can do that after six months," Hackett told reporters after narrowly missing out on qualifying for the event at the worlds.
"Everything is a bonus," he said. "I have nothing to prove in the sport. I have won Olympic gold medals, broken world records — I can't do anything else. I just want to see how fast my old body can swim."