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Hackett cruises to 1500m gold

04 August 2002

Grant Hackett grabbed another gold medal for Australia as they dominated the pool on the final day at Manchester 2002.

Grant Hackett

Hackett took his first gold at Manchester 2002

The 22-year-old was in a class of his own as he cruised to victory nearly thirteen seconds ahead of the silver medallist Graeme Smith of Scotland.

Hackett finished with a time of 14.54.29 to take his first gold at Manchester 2002 and retain the title that he won at Kuala Lumpur.

Afterwards he said: "I wanted to go 14:55 and build up my lead, I just wanted to hold on to it from there."

Fellow Australian Craig Stevens took the bronze with a time of 15:09.24.

Wales’ David Davies set a new national record finishing sixth with a time of 15:17.87.

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