Bobby Finke breaks the American record in the 800 meter freestyle at the 2023 World Championships

Bobby Finke
Bobby Finke. Photo Credit: Gary Hahn

Bobby Finke won the bronze medal for Team USA in the men’s 800 meter freestyle race at the 2023 World Aquatics Championships in Fukoka, Japan. #Powerjournalist Markos Papadatos has the recap.

Finke came in third place with a time of 7:38.67, shattering a new American record and personal best. Ahmed Hafnaoui of Tunisia finished in first place with a time of 7:37.00, and Australian Samuel Short came in second with a time of 7:37.76.

Finke’s previous American record of 7:39.36 was set back on June 21, 2022, at last year’s World Championships in Budapest.

On his swim, Finke remarked, “The race was a best time, a new (American) record so I can’t complain about it. I always, always like to win. I don’t like losing so that part kind of stings a bit, but it just gives me motivation going into the next year. This race has become quite, quite (fast) in the past couple of years. I think that’s incredibly good for the sport. You can’t just have one country or a couple of countries dominating everything. There are swimmers from all these other countries and that’s incredible for the sport.”

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