Watch Ariarne Titmus Clock 3:59.35 400 Free National Record


As originally reported:

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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Titmus’ breathing technique is kind of unusual. As camera allows to see it is the combination of breathing each second and each fourth stroke.


If Ledecky and Titmus would have swum in the same race, Titmus would have been in the lead most of the way. Picture that for a minute, since no one in the 400 free has done that in many moons.

Usually Ledecky takes the first 200 out so fast that everyone is left in her wake. But Titmus is showing now that she has the same early speed.

I think we’re in for some close battles this year at the Worlds and next year at Tokyo 2020.


Maybe the moving target is what Ledecky needs to be even greater performer than she is already. The only race she ever been in such position was 800 in Barcelona against Lotte Friis. It ended up with the world record.


1500 in Barcelona.

Ol’ Gator

Hey guys any vpn I could use to watch this live? Or some live stream available in the us?

Old Man Chalmers

Use an Australian vpn (most vpns offer a free trial, use it) and this link:

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