Ariarne Titmus Breaks Oceanian, Aussie Records In Women’s 800 Free


17-year-old Ariarne Titmus came through with a big performance in the women’s 800 free at the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo, breaking the Oceanian and Australian National Records in a time of 8:17.07. That swim won her the silver medal behind Katie Ledeckywho broke the meet record with the 5th fastest swim of all-time.

Coming in with a personal best of 8:20.02 from the Commonwealth Games in April, Titmus went out relatively hard and wasn’t far off Ledecky early on in the race. She eventually fell back, and had a push from another American Leah Smith for the silver, but managed to hang on as Smith was just over a tenth behind in 8:17.21.

Titmus lowers the Oceanian Record previously held by New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle at 8:17.65 from the 2015 World Championships, and the Aussie Record previously stood at 8:18.14 from Jessica Ashwood in 2016.

Her swim also moves her into 10th on the all-time top performer’s list:

Fastest Performers Ever
1 Katie Ledecky 8:04.79
2 Rebecca Adlington 8:14.10
3 Li Bingjie 8:15.46
4 Jazz Carlin 8:15.54
5 Lotte Friis 8:15.92
6 Janet Evans 8:16.22
7 Boglarka Kapas 8:16.37
8 Joanne Jackson 8:16.66
9 Camelia Potec 8:16.70
10 Ariarne Titmus 8:17.07

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5 years ago

Simona Quaderella swam 8.16.45 at Euros this week to move into 8th. Titmus is now 11th.

5 years ago

QUADARELLA Simona 8.16.45

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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