Ariarne Titmus has announced herself as one of the hottest swimmers in the world, with the second-fastest swim in history in the women’s 200m freestyle.
Her time of 1:53:09 at the Australian Olympic Swimming Trials in Adelaide is only behind Italian Federica Pellegrini’s (1:52:98), set in 2009 during the super-suit era.
It is the longest-standing women’s world record in swimming and set at a time when world records tumbled before the suits were banned.
Titmus’s swim came just one day after she threw down the gauntlet to the queen of women’s distance swimming, Katie Ledecky, by setting the second-fastest time in history in the 400m freestyle.
Titmus has been recovering from a shoulder injury but has made a quantum leap in improvement during these trials.
“More than anything, the 400m gave me confidence,” Titmus said after the race.
Veteran Emma McKeon came second in the 200m to also qualify for Tokyo after setting a cracking pace early in the race, with both women under world-record time.
“I also knew that I had to take it out with Emma. I knew she’d be fast out and she’s got way more speed than I do so I knew I had to be as close to her as possible,” Titmus said.
Ominously, for her rivals, Titmus thinks she can go faster at the Olympic Games.
“I’d like to think so,” she said.
Titmus will now be the favourite to win gold medals in both events, along with the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay.
The top six women in the final qualified for Tokyo, meaning Australia will send a team of outstanding quality to compete in the relay.
“Unbelievable, they definitely will take the six,” Titmus said.
McKeon said she was not surprised by the speed of the Australian swimmers during the trials.
“This extra year, I kind of saw how people were going and definitely having the young ones come through I think we’ve got a really strong team amongst all the events now,” she said.
McKeon said she loved racing against Titmus.
“On her first team we were roomies, so we’ve been good friends since then and I’ve kind of always looked out for her and she’s been one of my close friends,” McKeon said.
“When we’re in the racing pool, we always like to push each other and, you know, we’re competitors. But out of there — in the marshalling and after the race — we’re really good friends.”
Kaylee McKeown qualified for her second Olympic event in the 200m individual medley, swimming a personal best of 2:08:19, which is also the fastest time in the world this year.
It came the day after she set a world record for the women’s 100m backstroke.
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