Ariarn Titmus She narrowly missed the world record as she won the women’s 200m freestyle Monday night in the Australian Olympic swimming trials.
Her time was 1:53.09sec on all time in the women’s 200m freestyle and just 0.11sec off the world record set by Italian Federica Pellegrini in 2009, before the rubber swimsuit was banned.
“It’s so crazy,” Titmus said after her astonishing effort. “Frederica Pellegrini did it in the world championships in 2009 in the super suit and it is a very old record.
“I think no one has come close to breaking it in a long time, and I knew if I was able to swim like I wanted to race, I had 1:53 but last night’s race gave me confidence.”
Titmus was in decline a day after winning the 400m freestyle in a national record time and dealt with shoulder pain.
She said, “At the beginning of the week I was a little anxious. But I’m managing it as best I can… It’s hanging there, it gets the job done.”
The amazing effort of the 20-year-old presses on him American actress Katie Ledecky, who won four gold medals in Rio, including in the 200-meter freestyle where she swam 1:53.73.
The incredible effort stunned the seven-time Olympic medalist Titmus Grant Hackett, which she described as “incredible” as she showed off the “greatest 200-meter freestyle we’ve ever seen from a woman”.
Kylie McKeown followed up her world record in the 100m backstroke on Sunday by winning the 200m individual medley in 2:08.19.
The 19-year-old said she got about 4½ hours of sleep after a record-breaking night.
“This was probably the hardest thing I had to get through this morning, it was a lot of fatigue,” she said. “I did my best to recover. I tried to sleep and couldn’t, the adrenaline was still pumping.
She said, “I ran into a qualifying time and a small PB, so I can’t ask for more.”
MacHorton missed another chance to qualify for a singles event in Tokyo When he finished fifth in the 800m freestyle in 8 minutes 0.72 seconds, he trailed Jack McLoughlin’s winning time of 7:42.51.
Horton will not have the chance to defend his Olympic title in the 400m freestyle after finishing third in Australian trials at the weekend.