Aussie Teen Ariarne Titmus Answers Ledecky With 3:59.35 Of Her Own


Last night in Santa Clara, American swimming icon Katie Ledecky bumped Aussie Ariarne Titmus out of the top spot in the season’s world rankings in the women’s 400m freestyle, registering a time of 3:59.28. Titmus had held the top spot previously with her 3:59.66 clocked at Aussie Nationals this past April. That time in itself tied the same mark she put up for silver behind the American at the 2018 Pan Pacs.

Tonight, while competing on the first finals session of the 2019 Australian World Swimming Trials, teen Titmus answered Ledecky’s Cali swim with another monster sub-4:00 outing of her own of 3:59.35.

Titmus’ mark sits just .07 outside of Ledecky’s 3:59.28 from yesterday, but, more importantly, easily punches a ticket for the St. Peters Western star to take on Ledecky once again in person in Gwangju at next month’s World Championships.

As a further exclamation point on Titmus’ swim, her time tonight checks-in as a new personal best, Australian National Record and Commonwealth Record, hacking .31 off of her own lifetime fastest of 3:59.66 mentioned above.

Splits for Titmus include the following. Also of note, runner-up in tonight’s race in Brisbane, Kiah Melverton of TSS Aquatics, also earned a World Championships berth in 4:05.30, while 17-year-old multi-medalist at the Junior Pan Pacs last year, Lani Pallister, rounded out the top 3 in 4:06.57.

1 TITMUS, ARIARNE  18 STPET             4:09.72    3:59.35C  964  
    r:+0.80  27.76        57.26 (29.50)
        1:27.54 (30.28)     1:57.67 (30.13)
        2:27.99 (30.32)     2:58.42 (30.43)
        3:29.06 (30.64)     3:59.35 (30.29)

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1 year ago

Watch someone say Titmus’ time isn’t impressive because of some stupid reason or another.

Reply to  Gymswim
1 year ago

I was waiting for the same comment .

Reply to  Gymswim
1 year ago

Their pool is 49M. I measured it.

Reply to  Taa
1 year ago

Forget it.

Reply to  Gymswim
1 year ago

Titmus said this herself already. Unfortunately didn’t say specifically why though but I’m suspecting that it’s because of her coach, Dean Boxall, because he wanted her to swim fast times this meet. But it could quite possibly be that she is just super hard on herself.

Jacqui S
1 year ago

Not showing in live results but C Campbell split a 23.2 in a masters relay at the end of the night. Also, her 54 yr old mother split around a 28.5 on the same relay. Whole relay went for 1:43, pretty solid for all ladies from the same family (included Bronte and younger Sister)

13 % Chinese person
1 year ago

AT is practicing her front end speed.. Its pretty amazing these 2 take it out in the 1.57s ( feet) which would be 1.56s high. – likely a semi time .. its like the men taking it out n 1.47s..
We are very lucky we have both of them .

Reply to  13 % Chinese person
1 year ago

Uhhh I would think a female taking out a 400 in 1:57 would be more like a male taking out a 400 in 1:57.

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Reply to  Daboss
1 year ago

Perhaps a 15 year old male?

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