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Titmus Crushes Competition, Reclaims World Record in Showstopping 400m Freestyle Victory

Ariarne Titmus Reclaims World Record and Dominates 400m Freestyle Rivals

Australia’s Ariarne Titmus stunned Katie Ledecky and Summer McIntosh to win the women’s 400m freestyle title and reclaim her world record at the swimming world championships in Japan on Sunday. Titmus finished in 3 minutes and 55.38 seconds, taking back the record that McIntosh had taken from her earlier this year.

Ariarne Titmus celebrates after winning and breaking the world record

Talking about her victory, Titmus said, “I honestly did not think about getting the world record back. I just wanted to come here and swim the way that I felt I was capable of swimming. It was obviously enough to get the record back.” The race, which took place on the opening night in Fukuoka, was highly anticipated as it brought together Olympic champion Titmus, world record-holder McIntosh, and defending world champion Ledecky. This was the first time they went head-to-head since Titmus emerged victorious at the Tokyo Olympics two years ago.

Medalists Erika Fairweather, Ariarne Titmus, and Katie Ledecky pose on the podium

Talking about the race, Titmus shared, “I was really excited for this race coming in tonight. Me and Katie and Summer always put up a great fight, and I’m glad that we could put on a show.” Titmus led the race from start to finish and comfortably broke McIntosh’s previous world record time of 3 minutes and 56.08 seconds. According to Titmus, this win was “probably my most satisfying”.

Titmus added some spice to the build-up by questioning McIntosh’s ability to handle pressure before the race. Nevertheless, the 16-year-old McIntosh kept pace with Ledecky for most of the race but fell behind Fairweather towards the end. Ledecky, aiming to add to her 19 world titles, expressed satisfaction with her second-place finish and predicted the world record, saying, “Once a couple people do something, more people start doing it. It’s been a very fast year of swimming, and it was kind of predictable that it would be a really fast field.”

Erika Fairweather, Ariarne Titmus, and Katie Ledecky leaving after the medals ceremony

Third-place finisher Fairweather was ecstatic about her performance, saying, “I didn’t expect to be in that position with Summer in my sights, but I have a pretty strong last 50. I think those three are phenomenal swimmers, and I knew that there was always going to be a massive battle there. To fly under the radar and stay with them good and kind of took the pressure off a little bit.”

All in all, it was a thrilling and record-breaking race that showcased the immense talent of these incredible athletes.

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