Aussie Ariarne Titmus Throws Down 3:58.06 400 Free C’Wealth Games Record

2022 COMMONWEALTH GAMES

  • Friday, July 29 – Wednesday, August 3, 2022
  • Birmingham, England
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    • Finals: 7:00 pm local / 2:00 pm ET
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Ariarne Titmus of Australia further sealed her status as one of the most dominant freestyle swimmers in the world, as the 21-year-old just nailed a 400m freestyle victory here on the final night of competition at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Stopping the clock in a time of 3:58.06, Titmus earned one of two times under the 4:00 barrier, with Canadian superstar Summer McIntosh, just 15 years of age, snagging silver in a new World Junior Record time of 3:59.32.

For Titmus, her time tonight in Birmingham checks in as a new Commonwealth Games record, overtaking the previous standard of 4:00.93 she logged herself 4 years ago in the Gold Coast.

In terms of her already-prolific career, tonight’s 3:58.06 performance represents the 4th fastest time of the Dean Boxall-trained star’s career and the 7th fastest performance of all time. She owns the current World Record in the 3:56.40 she produced just earlier this year at the Australian Trials.

Titmus’ top 5 400m freestyle performances of all-time

  1. 3:56.40, 2022 WR
  2. 3:56.69, 2021
  3. 3:56.90, 2021
  4. 3:58.06, 2022
  5. 3:58.76, 2019

Top 400m freestyle performances of all-time

  1. 3:56.40, Titmus 2022 WR
  2. 3:56.46, Katie Ledecky (USA) 2016
  3. 3:56.69, Titmus 2021
  4. 3:56.90 Titmus 2021
  5. 3:57.36, Ledecky 2021
  6. 3:57.94, Ledecky 2021
  7. 3:58.06, Titmus 2022

Splits for tonight’s performance:

 

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Awsi Dooger
15 days ago

I don’t remember Ledecky going 3:57 twice in 2021. One was Tokyo silver. What was the other one?

Taa
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
15 days ago

400 FR LCM3:56.463:56.461911252022 Summer Nationals (LCM)2016 Olympic GamesPVNCAP8/7/2016YesPROG.
INDIV.
RELAY400 FR LCM3:57.363:57.362411132020 Olympic Trials Wave II2020 Olympic GamesPVNCAP7/26/2021YesPROG.
INDIV.
RELAY400 FR LCM3:57.943:57.942111052022 Summer Nationals (LCM)2018 Pro Series – IndianapolisPCSTAN5/17/2018YesPROG.
INDIV.
RELAY400 FR LCM3:58.153:58.152511022022 Summer Nationals (LCM)2022 World ChampsFLUN6/18/2022YesPROG.
INDIV.
RELAY400 FR LCM3:58.343:58.342011002022 Summer Nationals (LCM)2017 World ChampsPCUN7/23/2017YesPROG.
INDIV.
RELAY400 FR LCM3:58.373:58.371711122020 Olympic Trials Wave I2014 Pan Pacific ChampsPVNCAP8/23/2014YesPROG.
INDIV.
RELAY400 FR LCM3:58.443:58.442010982022 Summer Nationals (LCM)2017 Summer NationalsPCSTAN6/30/2017YesPROG.
INDIV.
RELAY

Go Kamminga Go
Reply to  Taa
15 days ago

Read the article,

Swimswam wrote:

3:57.36, Ledecky 2021

3:57.94, Ledecky 2021

Taa
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
15 days ago

2018 Pro Series Indianapolis. It looks like she went a 3:58 in 2014 and eight years later still able to repeat

Go Kamminga Go
Reply to  Taa
14 days ago

So 2018 and 2021, and NOT 2021 and 2021 as the article says.

Sub13
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
15 days ago

She didn’t. The time listed as 6 should be 2018, not 2021.

David
15 days ago

I thought Ledecky had the WJR ??

Verram
15 days ago

Faster than Ledecky’s gold medal swim .. could have won Worlds ?

Taa
Reply to  Verram
15 days ago

She could have won but she didn’t show up. She was already faster than Ledecky this year so I don’t think you need to rub it in further.

Verram
Reply to  Taa
15 days ago

just stating the facts… they love to rub it in when Ledecky swims a faster 200m free that “could have won worlds” but they stay silent when the shoe is on the other foot … american ignorance at

swimmer
Reply to  Verram
15 days ago

sorry we are a better swimming country

Verram
Reply to  swimmer
15 days ago

stick to the facts of the article AND STOP BEING AN IGNORANT FOOL

Hooked on Chlorine
Reply to  swimmer
15 days ago

Agreed. Just look at Lia Thomas.

Go Kamminga Go
Reply to  Taa
15 days ago

And yet, Swimswam created a special article when Ledecky swam 1:54 mid in US summer Nationals just last week.

Ledecky would have won 200 free worlds with 1:54mid but she didn’t show up in 200 free start.

Taa
Reply to  Go Kamminga Go
15 days ago

But she would have won!!!! Lol

Robbos
Reply to  Taa
15 days ago

Likewise Titmus would’ve won 200 & 400.

Go Kamminga Go
Reply to  Taa
15 days ago

Not if Titmus swam it.

Hooked on Chlorine
Reply to  Taa
15 days ago

Just for clarification, are you Katie’s mother?

Taa
Reply to  Hooked on Chlorine
15 days ago

oh you are trying to make fun of me?

Tigger
Reply to  Verram
15 days ago

Nope, as others have noted, Titmus’ prelims swims in both the 400 Free and 800 Free at the 2022 Birmingham AUS Inter-squad Games would not have qualified her for Finals at the 2022 Budapest World Championships.

Sub13
Reply to  Tigger
15 days ago

I love how mad you get that someone dares have a competition you’re not involved in. And even when they swim better times than your best swimmer all you can do is throw insults and make excuses.

Might I suggest getting a hobby?

Beginner Swimmer at 25
Reply to  Sub13
14 days ago

Pls point out the insults and excuses in Tigger’s comment

Go Kamminga Go
Reply to  Verram
15 days ago

Would have won worlds

Taa
Reply to  Go Kamminga Go
15 days ago

Probably her time today wasn’t as fast as expected

Bren
Reply to  Taa
15 days ago

Titmus’ times in her individual 200m Free and 400m Free certainly were not as fast in Birmingham as they were in that loooooong, looooooong, oft-measured Adelaide pool.

Swimmer19
15 days ago

Interestingly, I don’t think Titmus’ prelims times at Birmingham in the 400 Free and 800 Free would’ve even qualified her for the Finals at Budapest Worlds, correct?

Robbos
Reply to  Swimmer19
15 days ago

I’m not sure you understand the rules of the ‘Would’ve games’.
If anyone swam a time in the US championship or the CWG that WOULD’VE won a medal they qualify.

Remember MA would’ve been multiple individual Olympics Gold medalists if the Olympics were held in yards & not metres swimming pools.

Sub13
Reply to  Swimmer19
15 days ago

Omg. So she intelligently swam for the conditions she was in instead of wasting energy for no reason? Thanks for pointing out another reason she’s so great!

Last edited 15 days ago by Sub13
Norm
Reply to  Sub13
14 days ago

The point is that the World and Comm meets are not comparable. Situation for Titmus is very different when she can swim in low-pressure environment, lag in prelims and essentially then swim a one-off time trial in Finals against inter-squad competition whom she knows she will beat (esp in 200 and 800 Fr). That’s what Titmus did at Birmingham, and what she also did in Adelaide in breaking the 400 Free world record on what she admitted was her biggest taper ever. Even so, her indiv event times at Comms were slow versus her own record and her times at Tokyo.

Sub13
Reply to  Norm
14 days ago

Ledecky has no competition at US trials in the 200, 400, 800 or 1500 and could cruise through heats. Why isn’t she breaking records? I guess she’s just not very good?

Last edited 14 days ago by Sub13
Jamesabc
Reply to  Norm
14 days ago

Ok, so just so we’re clear:

Hunter Armstrong WR at US trials: That counts because he’s American.
Ledecky times at US trials: Those count even though she has zero domestic competition in any of her events.
Ledecky time at US Nationals which was missing the vast majority of Worlds swimmers where she swam a 200 that “would’ve won” worlds: Amazing. She can swim super fast times without even being pushed!

Titmus WR at Australian trials: She had no competition so it doesn’t even count.
Titmus WR at Comm Games: Oh the field was so thin so there was no pressure, of course they were going to break the WR

So basically any time an Australian swims well… Read more »

Last edited 14 days ago by Jamesabc
Boat
15 days ago

Summer McIntosh’s 3:59.32 is not the world junior record. The world junior record is Katie Ledecky’s 3:58.37 from the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships. However, it is a new national record for Summer.

SwimFan99
15 days ago

“…with Canadian superstar Summer McIntosh, just 15 years of age, snagging silver in a new World Junior Record time of 3:59.32.”

Why does every article keep saying this is a World Junior Record? It’s not; Katie Ledecky still has it at 3:58.37. Summer has the fastest swim as a 15-year-old by a vast margin, yes, but that doesn’t = WJR

Nancyswims
Reply to  SwimFan99
15 days ago

Give her time. She’ll have ALL the records and then these articles won’t bug you so much 😎

SMO
Reply to  Nancyswims
15 days ago

To be accurate, the FINA recognized WJR in 400FR is Ledecky’s 2014 PanPacs swim of 3:58.37. Having said that, that “only” leaves 15 year old Summer McIntosh 4 WJRs – 200FR, 200FL, 200IM, 400IM. Ledecky and Titmus are amazing swimmers and both are great role models. Lets hope McIntosh can stay grounded and healthy – so that she too can inspire the next generation of swimmers. There’s room for lots of greatness – as athletes and as people. Ledecky and Titmus are both.

Go Kamminga Go
Reply to  SwimFan99
15 days ago

She will by Paris 😉

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