Titmus Dethrones Ledecky to Win Worlds Gold in New Aussie 400 Free Record


Australia’s Ariarne Titmus accomplished a feat no woman ever had on night 1 of the 2019 FINA World Championships as she defeated distance legend Katie Ledecky (USA) in the 400 free. Titmus stormed to a new Australian Record and Oceanian Record of 3:58.76. That was over half a second faster than her former record of 3:59.35 set last month. Titmus was out with the lead early on, but Ledecky took over after the first 100. Titmus stormed home on the final 50, however, nearly 2 seconds faster than Ledecky on that split (29.51 to 31.34) as Ledecky took 2nd in 3:59.97.

Titmus was within a half second of Ledecky’s Championship Record and is the only woman to ever beat Ledecky in a distance event at a major international competition. She’s now the 2nd fastest performer in history and the only woman other than Ledecky to have broken 3:59. Ledecky formerly held all 10 of the 10 fastest swims in history, but Titmus now owns the #8 performance.

Also of note, Hungarian Anja Kesely became the 9th fastest performer ever with a 4:01.31. She was just off the podium in 4th behind the USA’s Leah Smith (4:01.29).


1 Katie Ledecky 3:56.46
2 Ariarne Titmus 3:58.76
3 Federica Pellegrini 3:59.15
4 Joanne Jackson 4:00.60
5 Leah Smith 4:00.65
6 Rebecca Adlington 4:00.79
7 Camille Muffat 4:01.13
8 Jazz Carlin 4:01.23
9 Anja Kesely 4:01.31
10 Li Bingjie 4:01.75


1 Katie Ledecky 3:56.46
2 Katie Ledecky 3:57.94
3 Katie Ledecky 3:58.34
4 Katie Ledecky 3:58.37
5 Katie Ledecky 3:58.44
6 Katie Ledecky 3:58.50
7 Katie Ledecky 3:58.71
8 Ariarne Titmus 3:58.76
9 Katie Ledecky 3:58.86
10 Katie Ledecky 3:58.98

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Philip Johnson

Great job by Titmus.

Mr Piano

I apologize to Katie and all USA swim fans for my inexcusable sabotage.

Philip Johnson

Lol, no one is immune from the piano.


Was it just you or was it the entire Steinway factory ?


No legs at the end for Ledecky. Caught easily.

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