2021 SWIMMING AUSTRALIA OLYMPIC TRIALS
- Saturday, June 12th – Thursday, June 17th
- South Australia Aquatic & Leisure Centre, Adelaide, Australia
- Sole Olympic-Qualifying Opportunity
- 2021 Swimming Australia Olympic Nomination Criteria
- Meet Site
- Final Start List
- Live results
- Qualifying Criteria
- Day 4 Finals Live Stream (Amazon Prime required)
Delivering the third Australian record of the session, Ariarne Titmus posted an 8:15.57 800 freestyle to take out her own previous mark in the event of 8:15.70 by just 0.13 seconds.
Titmus swam that former Australian record at the 2019 World Swimming Championships en route to a bronze medal behind Katie Ledecky‘s 8:13.58 and Simona Quadarella‘s 8:14.99. Titmus was still a bit shy of Rebecca Adlington‘s 2008 Commonwealth record which sits at an 8:14.10, as well as Katie Ledecky‘s world record of 8:04.79 from 2016.
Titmus kept her splitting fairly consistent with how she swam the race back in 2019, staying around 31s for the majority of her 50 splits.
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Titmus’ record marks her 3rd Australian record of the meet, having previously lowered the 200 and 400 marks to a 1:53.09 and a 3:56.90, respectively. That also means that Titmus has qualified to race all 3 of those events this summer in Tokyo for Australia, having handily swum under the Olympic qualifying standards in all 3 of her races.
Behind Titmus in the 800 freestyle, Kiah Melverton swam an 8:19.05 to also undercut the required time of 8:29.70. That’s the second event that Melverton has qualified for so far this week, following her second-place finish in the 1500 freestyle.
Titmus and Melverton’s 800 freestyle efforts move them up to the #2 and #3 spots in the world this season, behind only world record holder Katie Ledecky who swam an 8:13.64 in March at the San Antonio stop of the 2021 TYR Pro Swim Series.
Titmus’s swim keeps her as the 7th fastest swimmer in the history of the event, now only 0.03 seconds away from Jazz Carlin‘s 6th ranked time of 8:15.54.
Women’s Long Course 800 Freestyle All-Time Performers