Wiffen Continues Record Breaking Form in Stockholm

ByEmma Porter |

Ireland’s Daniel Wiffen has broken his third Irish Record this weekend, on his way to winning 800m Freestyle Gold at the Stockholm Open Swim Meet in Sweden.

In breaking the record, Wiffen posted a second World top time, taking two seconds off the Irish Senior Record of 7:46.32, finishing in 7:44.45. He now leads the 2023 World rankings in the 800m and 1500m Freestyle.

The Tokyo Olympian beat Olympic Bronze medallist in the event, Mykhaylo Romanchuk, into the silver medal position, with the Ukrainian finishing in 7:47.12.

On Friday, Wiffen set a new Irish standard in the 400m Freestyle, lowering his own 2022 record from 3:46.22 to 3:43.32. Saturday was the most impressive of the swims, with the 21-year-old knocking over 15 seconds off his Irish Record of 14:51.79, to 14:34.91; the fastest time in the World this season, just outside the European Record of 14:33.10 and World Record of 14:31.01, it also made Wiffen the second fastest European ever in the event.

Next up for Wiffen will be a number of preparation meets in Europe ahead of the July, World Swimming Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, which will be a first opportunity for the Magheralin (Co. Armagh) man to post a qualification time for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

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