Australia’s Ariarne Titmus produced another big statement bathing, knocking off Katie Ledecky’s world record icon American Olympics in the women’s 400m freestyle.
The 20-year-old Titmus 3 glowed the field with 3 giant marks during the 2-day run seen at the Australian Olympic trial: 56,90, a time when Ledecky’s 3 just sat outside .44: 56,46 WR produced at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Titmus is a fierce rival, trained by St. Peter’s West’s dynamic coach Dean Boxall. Titmus’ main claim to fame in addition to domestic glory was the fact she became the first woman to beat Ledecky in this 400 2019 FINA World Championships free of charge to get Ledecky ahead of the wall in a distance event at a major international competition.
Entering this view, Titmus rested at 3 in his best lifetime: 58.76, which is what it took to beat Ledecky in Gabonju. That performance ranked as the 8th fastest all-time swimmer, as well as the Australian & Oceanic record. With its results here, however, Titmus’s 3: 56,90 is now considered the 2nd fastest performance ever with Tokyo at such a low level.
As a reminder, Titmus has been dealing with shoulder problems as of late as we see in the title preview in this post. In addition to placing 100 free 7 in the 200m free 1: 55.43 400m free 4: 01.34 and 800m free 8: 23.13 54.36 the women who raced to the titmus winners this April Aussie National Championship. He set up a competition at the Open in Sydney last month but escaped from his event.
Ledecky recently raced in the Pro Swimming Wheels series at Mission Viejo, clocking a time of 3: 59.25.
Post-race Here Titmus was clearly emotional at all the laughter and realization that he had become an Olympian. He swims 200m and 800m free yet in this trial as well.