Ariane Timus broken Katie Ledecky‘s world record in the 400m freestyle at the Australian Swimming Trials on Sunday, becoming the first swimmer other than Ledecky to break a Ledecky world record.
Titmus, the 21-year-old who won the Olympic 200m and 400m freestyle against Ledecky, clocked 3:56.40 to take six hundredths off Ledecky’s world record at the 2016 Olympics.
“I never thought that at this post-Olympic competition I would swim faster than at the Olympic tryouts and the Olympics,” Titmus said on Amazon Prime. “So I guess you keep surprising yourself, and that makes the sport interesting.”
Like last year, fiery trainer dean boxall encouraged Titmus with his characteristic intensity (watch the video below until the end).
“Yeah, I saw it,” Titmus said. “He was a little overpowered [earlier in the meet]. It’s good that he probably saved his energy for the big one.
Titmus said she will not be swimming at the world championships next month, focusing instead on the Commonwealth Games in July. That means she won’t face Ledecky in a championship encounter until 2023 at the earliest.
“The biggest thing since the Olympics, Dean telling me I had this freedom, the pressure is on your back,” Titmus said. “Coming here with no pressure, other than the pressure I put on myself, which is still quite high, it’s fun to come here and swim like that.”
Titmus said people can stop asking her when she’s going to break a world record, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
“I believe Katie is the greatest swimmer of all time,” Titmus said, according to the report. “I can’t get next to her with what she’s done in swimming, it’s been crazy. She has been at this level for 10 years. Even to be in conversation, I feel completely honored.
Later on Sunday, Australia’s World Championship and Commonwealth teams were named.
Notably, 2016 Olympic 100m freestyle champion Kyle Chalmers reversed his position from a month ago and will swim at the world championships in Budapest in June. The move, announced after Chalmers finished second in the 100m butterfly and first in the 50m butterfly at the trials, meant the singer cody simpsonwho finished third in the 100m butterfly, did not make the world team (max. two swimmers per individual event).
Simpson said Friday that he and Chalmers had chatted, “cleared the air” and that “everything was fine.”
“He changed his mind, which he has every right to do,” Simpson said on Amazon Prime. “I respect his decision anyway.”
Simpson was on the team for the Commonwealths, where the maximum is three swimmers per individual event.
“I hope this is the first of a few [teams] that I can carry on,” Simpson, a talented junior swimmer who returned from a ten-year hiatus in 2020, said on Amazon Prime. His goal at the start of his comeback was to make the 2024 Olympic team.
Chalmers skipped the team naming ceremony, citing sanity in a social media post.
“The last few days have been really tough for me mentally and emotionally and it’s cost me a lot,” he posted. “I have to take care of my mental health and prepare for a massive year in the pool. The negative media attention surrounding my decision to compete at the World Championships and the made up storylines surrounding my personal life have been more than I can bear. After giving my all to the sport and being so welcoming to the media throughout my career, it’s a shame to see them posting stories questioning my integrity for extra clicks and money.
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