“Happiest I have ever been”- Ariarne Titmus breaks women’s 400m freestyle record

Ariane Titmus breaks 400m women’s freestyle record at Australian meet.

Ariarne Titmus
Ariarne Titmus

Australian swimmer Ariarne Titmus broke the women’s 400m freestyle record at the Australian championships. Her timing of 3 minutes and 56.4 seconds on Sunday night at Adelaide and broke the previous record set by her American Katie Ledecky at the 2106 Rio Olympics. “It’s kind of nice that I am not going to be asked when I am going to break the world record,” Titmus said.

’’Í am the happiest I have ever been outside of swimming. I am the happiest I have ever been in my life in swimming. It’s definitely showing in the pool’. Titmus beat Ledecky for the Olympic gold in the 400m and 200m freestyle and finished behind the American star in the 800m freestyle final last year at the Tokyo Olympics.

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“Just going out there completely fearless”

Ariarne Titmus
Ariarne Titmus

When asked about how she handles pressure, she said, “I am definitely not putting the pressure on myself that I used to, but it’s still a healthy amount,” The 21-year-old said. “That has been the trick to me swimming well. Just going out there completely fearless, swimming what I sued to feel like when I was 16 and first cracked on to the national team and just going there and surprising myself”.

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Titmus’s world record is the latest in the story of her burgeoning rivalry with American Ledecky, whom she beat at the Tokyo Olympics. On the same day, Titmus paid tribute to Ledecky, saying, “I believe that Katie is the greatest female swimmer of all time. I can’t put myself next to her with what she has done in swimming. It has been insane”.

She continued, saying, “She has been at this level for 10 years. To be even in the conversation, I feel completely honoured”. Titmus has said that she will not be swimming at the World Championships next month and instead will be focusing on the Commonwealth Games in July, which means that she will not meet Ledecky in a championship meet until 2023.

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