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Sport Titmus beats Ledecky to gold in Olympic blockbuster

07:37  26 july  2021
07:37  26 july  2021 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

Tokyo Olympics swimming stars Ariarne Titmus and Katie Ledecky could be greatest rivalry of the Games

  Tokyo Olympics swimming stars Ariarne Titmus and Katie Ledecky could be greatest rivalry of the Games US swim star Katie Ledecky will have her eye on five gold meals at the Tokyo Olympics but Australia's Ariarne Titmus will be out to stop her in what could be the greatest rivalry of the Games.It features one of the greatest female freestyle swimmers in history, the United States' Katie Ledecky, and the Australian who has been chasing her down, Ariarne Titmus.

Ariarne Titmus gets GOLD ! Aussie swimming young gun, 20, STORMS HOME to beat Olympic legend Katie Ledecky in 400m freestyle Tokyo Games thriller. Buzz had been generated ahead as Titmus was pitted against rival Katie Ledecky . For nine years, since bursting on the world scene aged 15 at the 2012 London Olympics where she won the 800m freestyle, Ledecky has ruled the pool. A year after London, she dominated the world championships in Barcelona, taking gold in the 400m, 800m and 1500m. In 2015 at the world championships in Kazan, Russia, she went one better, defending her

Australia's Ariarne Titmus celebrates her gold medal in the women's 400 meters. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post). TOKYO — Katie Ledecky has taken down legends, held off would-be challengers and ruthlessly lapped some of the top swimmers in the world during an Olympic career that has taken her from London to Rio de Janeiro and now to Tokyo. In rewriting the freestyle record book, she had taken on all comers, in four individual Olympic swims entering Monday, and left them all in her wake.

a person swimming in the water: Ariarne Titmus of Team Australia reacts after winning the gold medal in the Women's 400m Freestyle. © Getty Ariarne Titmus of Team Australia reacts after winning the gold medal in the Women's 400m Freestyle.

Australia's Ariarne Titmus beat legendary American Katie Ledecky to win gold in the 400m freestyle final at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday.

Swimming in lane three, next to Ledecky in lane four, Titmus clocked 3:56.69 to beat the US megastar in 3:57.36. China's Li Bingjie (4:01.08) was third.

On Olympic debut, Titmus became the first Aussie woman to win the 400m freestyle at the Games since icon Shane Gould in 1972. It was Ledecky's first-ever loss in an individual event at the Olympics.

"I can't believe it. I'm trying to contain my emotions," Titmus said on pool deck afterwards.

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  Swim stars McKeown, Titmus on song in pool Australia's gold-medal favourites Kaylee McKeown and Ariarne Titmus have produced strong showings in heat swims at the Tokyo Olympics.McKeown punched out an Olympic record in an extraordinary show of brinksmanship with her 100-metre backstroke foes on Sunday night.

Titmus ' achievement is Australia's second gold medal of the Tokyo Games, following the women's 4x100m freestyle relay success. And it delivers Ledecky , regarded as the greatest female swimmer ever, her first defeat in an Olympic final. Titmus , in lane three, kept watch on Ledecky in lane four Titmus then reeled in her rival in a perfectly-executed race plan to win by half a body-length in a time of three minutes 56.69 seconds. Ledecky touched home in 3:57.36 and China's Li Bingjie was well back in third position in 4:01.08. Titmus and Ledecky will also square off in a much-hyped 200m freestyle

Ledecky , now in her third Olympics , will have many other attempts to win her gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics . Below is the complete schedule of events Ledecky is set to compete in. My individual event racing schedule this week! After trailing Ledecky for the first 300 meters, Titmus (3:56.69) surged ahead in the final 100 to claim gold in the women's 400-meter freestyle final. Ledecky (3:57.36) earns her second career silver medal and seventh overall, while China's Bingjie Li (4:01.08) claims bronze.

"This past year, I don't know if it's gone fast or slow but more than anything, to get here was a relief. Then to come here and do the job, I'm over the moon."

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Katie Ledecky swimming in a pool of water: Ariarne Titmus and Katie Ledecky react after the Women's 400m Freestyle Final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. © Getty Ariarne Titmus and Katie Ledecky react after the Women's 400m Freestyle Final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The battle between 20-year-old Titmus and Ledecky, a five-time gold medallist across the past two Olympics, has been one of the most anticipated battles of the Tokyo Games.

Titmus handed Ledecky, 24, her first-ever loss in a distance race at a major meet when she won the 400m at the 2019 world championships. Now she has dethroned the legend on the biggest stage of all.


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Swim Stars Titus and Ledecky ensure spectacle in the basin

 Swim Stars Titus and Ledecky ensure spectacle in the basin Tokyo. The superstars Ariarne Titmus and Katie Ledecky provide great floating moments in Tokyo. A British celebrates a favorite victory, an American is a record. The appearance of Isabel Gose can also encourage the largest German hope carriers. © Martin Meissner Ariarne Titmus (r.) And Katie Ledecky. Isabel Gose was anything but unhappy, despite her supporting role in the gripping floating final of the Olympic Day.

Australia's Ariarne Titmus (right) beat Katie Ledecky in the 400-meter freestyle at the 2019 FINA World Championships, and very nearly broke Ledecky 's world record a month before the Tokyo Olympics . (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images). Five years ago in Rio de Janeiro, Katie Ledecky did something no woman had ever It was an Olympic record, a world record, and good enough for gold in a race that wasn't particularly close. Ledecky won it by almost five full seconds. On Monday night, Ledecky qualified for another Olympic Games in the same event. But this time, she'll have a challenger.

Katie Ledecky edged Australian arch-rival Ariarne Titmus Sunday to be quickest in the 400m freestyle heats, setting the scene for an epic battle for gold , on a Tokyo night that saw two Olympic records fall. The American great kickstarted a gruelling schedule, which will also see her tackle the 200m, 800m and "It's gonna be a great race with Ariarne and a lot of great swimmers in that field," said Ledecky , who won gold in the 200m, 400m, 800m and 4x200m free relay in Rio in 2016. She added that she didn't pay attention to times, after being told how Titmus went. "I mean we were (always) going to be

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There was talk of bad blood before the 400m final but the pair shared a nice moment in the pool and on the deck afterwards. Titmus was full of respect for her rival.

a girl in a pool of water: Ariarne Titmus and Katie Ledeckyreact after competing in the Women's 400m Freestyle Final on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. © Getty Ariarne Titmus and Katie Ledeckyreact after competing in the Women's 400m Freestyle Final on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

"I thanked her. I wouldn't be here without her," Titmus said.

"She set this incredible standard and all credit to her for the swimmer she is. I've just been trying to chase her.

"It's really exciting now that we kind of have this battle going. It's really fun to race. That's the best part about it."

a group of people in the water: Ariarne Titmus and Katie Ledecky embrace after their epic 400m showdown at the Tokyo Olympics. © Getty Ariarne Titmus and Katie Ledecky embrace after their epic 400m showdown at the Tokyo Olympics.

Ledecky took the race out hard, on her own world record pace. She might have hoped to break the Australian but could not shake Titmus.

Ledecky led by 0.66 at the 200m mark, then just 0.16 at the 300m. Titmus took the lead at the final turn, then powered home to victory and glory.

Cold truth as America freaks out over Titmus

  Cold truth as America freaks out over Titmus Ariarne Titmus didn't just beat Katie Ledecky at the Tokyo Olympics, she beat her in almost absolute peak form.The 3:57.36 time that Ledecky swam in the 400m freestyle final was, in fact, the best that she's ever produced outside of her world record (3:56.46). Titmus (3:56.69), just 0.23 outside the world record, was simply better. Full stop.

Katie Ledecky has dominated swimming for years, Titmus hopes to unseat her. Aussie star said she tried not to 'over-exert' herself in the pool on Sunday. The 400m freestyle final, 12.20pm Sydney time, will see the two rivals face off. Came after a successful day for Team Australia in the pool and on the court. For nine years, since bursting on the world scene aged 15 at the 2012 London Olympics where she won the 800m freestyle, Ledecky has ruled the pool. A year after London, she dominated the world championships in Barcelona, taking gold in the 400m, 800m and 1500m. In 2015 at the

Ledecky , a five-time Olympic gold medallist, clocked 4:00.45 to comfortably win her heat ahead of China's Li Bingjie, who swam 4:01.57. Titmus beat Ledecky to win the 400m freestyle final at the 2019 world championships in Gwangju. The 20-year-old put Ledecky on notice that her world record of 3:56.46 was under threat when she swam 3:56.90 — the second fastest time in the event's history — at Australia's Olympic trials in Adelaide last month. Australia's Tamsin Cook missed qualifying for the final by one spot after swimming 4:04.80 to place fifth in same heat as Titmus . Earlier in the evening

"I tried to stay as composed as I could and then just tried to stick to my race plan. I can't believe I actually pulled it off."

a person swimming in the water: Ariarne Titmus competes in the Women's 400m Freestyle Final, en route to gold. © Getty Ariarne Titmus competes in the Women's 400m Freestyle Final, en route to gold.

Titmus joined only Gould and Lorraine Crapp as Australian champions in the women's Olympic 400m. She also joined Ian Thorpe at Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004, and Mack Horton at Rio 2016, as modern Aussie winners at the distance. It was an electrifying swim worthy of such company.

Titmus will back-up for her 200m freestyle heat on Monday night. She will face Ledecky again in the shorter event.

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