Wiffen Makes Waves in Scotland with 6th Fastest 1500m Ever

ByEmma Porter |

Daniel Wiffen makes waves at Scottish Short Course Nationals, shattering the Irish 1500m record and posting the 6th fastest time in the world this year.

The Loughborough-based swimmer also broke his own 800m record at the split for this 14:14.45 record-breaking 1500m swim. Wiffen is now ranked as the number one 1500m freestyler and the number two 800m freestyler in the world this season.

The previous record of 14:32.13 set by Wiffen at last year’s World Short Course Championship provided Wiffen with a spot in the final, where he ultimately finished 8th.

His twin brother Nathan Wiffen, who previously focused on the 200m backstroke and is also based out of Loughborough, has reset his focus on the long-distance freestyle events and rounded out the podium in Scotland with a 14:57, making him only the second Irish man to break the 15-minute mark.

Daniel was in record breaking form all weekend, taking over a second off Brendan Hyland’s 400IM record from 2019, with the new standard at 4:11.05 to secure bronze.

He now sets his sights on Irish Short Course Nationals from the 15th-17th of December in the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin.

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