Ariarne Titmus Scares Pellegrini’s 200 Free WR With 1:53.09 Aussie Record

2021 SWIMMING AUSTRALIA OLYMPIC TRIALS

Ariarne Titmus collected gold in the women’s 200 freestyle at 2021 Australian Olympic Trials with a 1:53.09. That time is also an improvement upon her own Australian record in the event of 1:54.27 which she set back in 2019. Along with it being an Australian record, the swim for Titmus is also a new Australian All-Comer and Commonwealth record.

Ariarne Titmus 200 Freestyle Split Comparison:

2021 Australian Olympic Trials 2019 World Championships
50 26.81 26.90
100 55.55 55.84
150 1:24.64 1:25.01
200 1:53.09 1:54.27

Not only is Titmus the fastest Australian in the history of the event, but she is also now the second-fastest woman in the world in history. She has jumped up from her former 5th place rank and now sits at #2 behind world record holder Federica Pellegrini who holds the mark at a 1:52.98 from over a decade ago at the 2009 World Championships.

All-Time Long Course Women’s 200 Freestyle Performers

  1. Federica Pellegrini – 1:52.98 (2009)
  2. Ariarne Titmus – 1:53.09 (2021)
  3. Allison Schmitt – 1:53.61 (2012)
  4. Katie Ledecky – 1:53.73 (2016)
  5. Sarah Sjostrom – 1:54.08 (2016)

With the 2nd fastest time in history, Titmus now sits atop the world ranking this season in the event and is more than a second faster than Katie Ledecky‘s 2nd ranked swim of 1:54.40.

Titmus was well under the Olympic qualifying mark of 1:56.82 which means that she has now added her name to the 2021 Australian Olympic roster in the 200 freestyle. That means that she’s now qualified for 2 events at the Games, having won the 400 freestyle in Australian record time of 3:56.90.

Titmus won the silver medal at the 2019 World Championships with a 1:54.66 to Federica Pellegrini‘s 1:54.22 but was faster as she swam the opening leg of the 4×200 freestyle relay. Titmus opened up the Australian relay with a 1:54.27 record which set up Emma McKeon, Brianna Throssell, and Madi Wilson to continue on and lower the world record in the event to a 7:41.50.

At 2021 Olympic Trials, Emma McKeon followed Titmus in the final with an Olympic-qualifying swim of 1:54.74 while Madi Wilson looks to have qualified for the 4×200 relay in Tokyo with a 1:55.68 for bronze. Considering that they can take up to 6 women in the event to give them prelim relay swimmers, 4th place finisher Leah Neale (1:56.08) and co-5th place Meg Harris (1:56.29) and place Mollie O’Callaghan (1:56.29) could also be named to the team considering their sub-qualifying time swims.

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Littlefin
3 months ago

!!!!!! What a race! Any chance of a splits comparison with pellegrini’s WR?

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

Titmus: 26.81/28.74/29.09/28.45
Pellegrini: 27.34/28.26/28.78/28.60

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

She finished faster than Pellegrini who had a magical suit!

OldSwimmer
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

Two magical suits. Pelligrini was wearing two super suits for extra buoyancy.

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

Do you think it’s a better swim than Pellegrini’s WR swim and Allison Schmitt’s London swim?

Last edited 3 months ago by Texas Tap Water
Togger
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
3 months ago

It’s blatantly better than Pelligrini as 200 free seemed to be a real sweet spot for the suits, they were worth far more than a tenth.

Schmitt I think, probably, suits have improved since London but not sure there’s half a second of benefit from them. Obviously in terms of situation etc, Schmitt’s is more impressive because it’s the Olympic final.

Littlefin
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

Thank you! AT has got this!!

Chad
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

I love how even Pellegrini split each 50 in her 200, especially when you account for the time dropped with the start on the first 50. Also, it’ll be interesting to see how Ledecky responds at US Trials to Titmus’s performances this week.

Kelsey
3 months ago

Honestly even though it just missed the WR this is the swim of the trials for me so far given how long this record has and still stands

Swimlikefishdrinklikefish
Reply to  Kelsey
3 months ago

Now someone do it for the me

DCSwim
3 months ago

I hooted and hollered lemme tell you

THEO
3 months ago

Can’t wait for ledecky v titmus… this is as good as it gets

Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

ARIARNE TITMUS 200 FREE RACE VIDEO 1.53.09
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2iBK1QFepI

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

FEDERICA PELLEGRINI 200 FREE RACE VIDEO 1.52.98
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxV-HKfiraU

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

ALLISON SCHMITT 200 FREE RACE VIDEO
FORMER FASTEST PERFORMER IN TEXTILE LONDON OLYMPIC FINAL 1.53.61
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3YgUGhMTB4

Jackman
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

Bobo you’re on fire.

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

I watched all three just now. Schmitt’s stroke was perfect. Even though on the clock it is slowest for me it is the most exciting to watch. She did have the worst tech suit of all three. If we could arrange a race between 2009 Pellegrini, 2012 Schmitt and 2021 Titmus it would be epic.

The thing about the Pellegrini and Schmitt swims are that they are world finals so tactics are a bit different than at trials. I hope Titmus will be faster at Olympics but it may be a more cagey race. We will see but I think Titmus will use come from behind tactis rather than lead from the front which means on a given day the… Read more »

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

That whole Aussie trials final across the board might be one of the most aesthetically pleasing things I’ve seen.

All eight swimmers have lovely smooth, efficient freestyle. It’s absolutely beautiful. If this is the legacy of Thorpe, he should be very proud.

Joel

Most Australians have a smooth stroke. It’s been like that for years, even before Thorpe.

ERVINFORTHEWIN

Thorpe for me still has the smoothest freestyle stroke of any male swimmer to date ..and how efficient it was , regardless of the black full body suit he used to wear . His influence is still making waves ….Fantastic

Texas Tap Water
3 months ago

Can someone please seriously check on YOZHIK?

He hasn’t said anything in the past two days

I am a bit worried.

Stephen
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
3 months ago

Maybe it’s AWS
Australian women’s syndrome

John
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
3 months ago

We’ve got Bobo back and I prefer it without Yozhik

STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
Reply to  John
3 months ago

I’ve analysed the writing styles using scientific methods and they’re definitely not one and the same.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  John
3 months ago

totally agree , its way more professional with BOBO

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
3 months ago

He will reappear when nobody is expecting it.

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

His comments can look a little bit weird sometimes 😆 but he brings controversy and debate to that website.

Chad
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

I also think English isn’t his/her first language, so some of the controversial opinions probably come off as overly crass comments sometimes (possibly unintentionally).

He said what?
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

I like Yozhik. His/her(???) comments aren’t a “little weird”. I can see the wheels turning in his/her brain and appreciate the frankness and candor. Whether you like or dislike Yozhik, I prefer him/her over the slight arrogance of another poster.

Anonymoose
Reply to  He said what?
3 months ago

what a silly take. this one is benath me to read.

also, idk who is arrogant here?!? begone.

Joris Bohnson
Reply to  Anonymoose
3 months ago

Yozhik only appears when european swimmers ary racing, especially Hosszu

Canuswim
3 months ago

For 200 & 400, Ledecky’s light 4 beat kick and only able to manage bringing in strong kick for last leg of race will not longer be successful against Titmus strong steady 6 beat kick and higher body position.

The unoriginal Tim
3 months ago

Awesome swim. The 200 free is my favourite event and that was so exciting to see. Titmus is odds on for this. Pellegrini was right when she said last year that the year delay would hurt her chances.