Ariarne Titmus Becomes 7th Fastest 800 Free Performer With New Aussie Record


18-year-old Ariarne Titmus is having one special World Championships, having already beaten American icon Katie Ledecky on night 1 to get 400m free gold, while also taking 200m free silver behind another multi-Olympic medalist Federica Pellegrini. Titmus also logged a critical leg on the Aussie women’s 4x200m free relay to capture gold.

As such, entering this 800m free no one could count the Aussie out of the medals, even though the St. Peters Western star stayed several body lengths back behind leaders Ledecky and Italian Simona Quadarella for a good amount of the race. Titmus lurked in the 5th place position through the 700m mark when she started to creep up on the minor medal field and get to the wall in a time of 8:15.70 for bronze.

Titmus’ 8:15.70 tonight checks-in as a new Australian and Oceanic Record, destroying her own previous record of 8:17.07 she notched at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships.

Titmus’ bronze medal-garnering performance now checks her in as the 7th fastest performer of all time.

8:04.79 Katie Ledecky USA 2016 Olympic Games 8/12/2016 Rio
8:14.10 Rebecca Adlington GBR 2008 Olympic Games 8/16/2008 Beijing
8:14.64 Wang Jianjiahe CHN 2019 Chinese National 3/24/2019 Qingdao
8:14.99 Simona Quadarella ITA 2019 World Championships 7/27/2019 Gwangju
8:15.46 Li Bingjie CHN 7/29/17 Budapest
8:15.54 Jazmin Carlin GBR 2014 European Championships 8/18/2014 Berlin
8:15.70 Ariarne Titmus AUS 2019 World Championships 07/27/2019 Gwangju

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3 years ago

Next year Titmus will be stronger, more experienced & faster, she is coming like freight train to the Tokyo Olympics. She swam PBs in every event, 200, 400 & 800 here & swam a faster last 50 in the 800, then she did in the 200.

Reply to  Robbos
3 years ago

That stat is inaccurate. She faded on the last 50m in the individual even and was 0.3s off her PB. She set the PB in the relay

3 years ago

Great PB . Was thinking maybe she should just do 200 and 400 . But maybe not

Reply to  Samesame
3 years ago

she would def be a favourite for an 800m medal but i feel she should skip it next year and focus on winning golds in the 200m and 400m free rather than 3 silver/bronze medals

Miss M
Reply to  Samesame
3 years ago

Beautifully paced – out in 4:07:75, back in 4:07:95

Reply to  Samesame
3 years ago

She did PB’s in all three distances and there were no signs she’s tiring. I say do the 200/400/800.

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