Ariarne Titmus Lowers Own Aussie, Oceanic 800 Free Record

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Ariarne Titmus of Australia just took gold in the women’s 800m freestyle here in Birmingham, clocking a new Australian national record and Commonwealth Record in the process.

Roaring to the wall in a final time of 8:13.59, Titmus beat the field by over 4 seconds en route to overwriting the previous Games Record of 8:18.11 Wales’ Jasmin Carlin put on the books 8 years ago in Glasgow.

Entering this meet Titmus’ personal best and national record in this 8free event was represented by the 8:13.83 she logged last year in Tokyo when she took Olympic silver behind American Katie Ledecky. That outing checked in as Titmus’ first time under the 8:15 barrier in the event.

Tonight, the Dean Boxall-trained St. Peters Western star led the field wire-to-wire, with fellow Aussies Kiah Melverton and Lani Pallister in hot pursuit. Melverton was right on Titmus’ hip through about the 600m mark when Titmus pulled away and never looked back.

Melverton wound up with the silver in 8:16.69 while Pallister brought home the bronze in 8:19.16 this evening.

This 800m free represents Titmus’  third individual title of these 2022 Commonwealth Games, with the 21-year-old already having captured the 400 free and 200m free gold medals here.

As fast as Titmus was this evening on her way to a new Oceanic Record, there is still a big barrier until she gets into Ledecky territory. The iconic American Olympian owns the top 26 fastest times in history, including the current World Record of 8:04.79, with Titmus’ effort here inserting itself into the all-time list at slot #27.

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Lpman
4 months ago

Can we please have Boxall and Tusup team up for a reality coaching show???

sepgup
4 months ago

Ledecky still holds the Top 28 fastest in history

Alex Dragovich
Reply to  sepgup
4 months ago

Just stop the “but Ledecky but Ledecky but Ledecky.” It’s so tired.

Verram
4 months ago

Seriously who wrote this article .. fact check please lol

400 free .. one of the most anticipated match ups McIntosh v titmus

Michael Andrew Wilson
Reply to  Verram
4 months ago

LOL I had the same reaction. I realize nobody edits anything anymore but it’s a little exasperating having to constantly do it oneself.

Dan
4 months ago

Not bad to be the 2nd fastest ever in an event.

Verram
Reply to  Dan
4 months ago

Let’s see if the Europeans can swim faster than 8.13 at their European champs in two weeks

Sub13
Reply to  Verram
4 months ago

The fast European at worlds was 8:19 so it doesn’t seem super likely but you never know.

Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
Reply to  Sub13
4 months ago
Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
Reply to  Verram
4 months ago

The days of Rebecca Adlington and Lotte Friis are long gone.

Awsi Dooger
4 months ago

Higher caliber than I expected. Rare outside an Olympic or world championship setting that 3 will be sub 8:20 pace throughout.

Given the showdown with McIntosh I expected Titmus to cruise along at 8:15 or 8:16 pace. But Melverton was 2 seconds faster than Budapest so Titmus needed to push it quite a bit.

It’s always interesting to me that the top women sprint home the final 50 of an 800 but not sooner than that, as if it would be illegal. You can count on 31 low or 31 mid one after another then here comes a 29.

Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
4 months ago

Women’s 800 meter freestyle
750 – 800 meter split
Titmus: 29.89 dated 08/02/2022
Ledecky: 28.87 dated 06/24/2022

Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
4 months ago

Women’s 800 meter freestyle
750 – 800 meter split
Titmus: 29.89 dated 08/02/2022

Women’s 1500 meter freestyle
1450 – 1500 meter split
Ledecky: 29.56 dated 06/20/2022

Unknown Swammer
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
4 months ago

Kinda like a certain Bobby Finke?

Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
Reply to  Unknown Swammer
4 months ago

Katie Ledecky posts faster 50 meter splits in the last 50 meters of the women’s 1500 meter freestyle than Michael Andrew in the men’s 200 meter individual medley.

Lisa
Reply to  Unknown Swammer
4 months ago

She did train with him

Eli
4 months ago

With the way she swims the 800 (very back-half based), I really want to see what her 1500 would be if she swam it at a serious high level meet. 3:56.4 shows that she has the speed to go out, and 8:13.5 shows that she has the endurance to come back.

Justhereforfun
Reply to  Eli
4 months ago

Ummmm I don’t think that’s how it works. It sounds a bit weird if I say “___ has the speed for the 50 and the endurance for the 100 so ___’s 200 should be fast”

Bud
Reply to  Justhereforfun
4 months ago

Americans have been saying that exact sentence about Dressel for years lol

Emerson
Reply to  Bud
3 months ago

I don’t know anyone who thinks dressel would be a serious factor in a world class 200.

Taa
4 months ago

Took a run at cracking the Ledecky top 25. I admire the effort I think she still has enough to hold off Summer.

Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
Reply to  Taa
4 months ago

Summer McIntosh pissed away a gold medal in the women’s 200 meter butterfly at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Dinos Superfan
Reply to  Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
4 months ago

Sweet comment dude

Yikes
Reply to  Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
4 months ago

Gross. Glad to see you know better than her what she needs and wants from these games.

Julie
Reply to  Taa
4 months ago

I agree. Titmas is in incredible form and I don’t think summer will beat her ….. this time.

Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
Reply to  Julie
4 months ago

Summer McIntosh is too young.

Jason
Reply to  Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
4 months ago

agree, but the upside is what will she be with 3-4 yrs of training, development and growth.

Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
Reply to  Jason
4 months ago

Barring illness or injury.

Bill
Reply to  Julie
4 months ago

So far has anyone been able to identify the “shifts” and “improvements” that Arnie vigorously touted to media — along with 200 Fr indiv WR hype that did not pan out — prior to Comm Games?

Boomer
Reply to  Julie
4 months ago

Excited for the matchup because I think Summer will push Titmus on the front half, and that may result in Titmus nearing/breaking her WR.

Troyy
4 months ago

It’s Oceanian not Oceanic.

Michael Andrew Wilson
Reply to  Troyy
4 months ago

I was today years old when I learned this.

Sub13
Reply to  Michael Andrew Wilson
4 months ago

People use them interchangeable but Troyy is technically right.

Oceanian means “in connection with Oceania”.

Oceanic means “in connection with the Ocean”.

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