Australian Titmus breaks 400m freestyle world record

CANBERRA, May 23 (Xinhua) — Australian swimming superstar Ariarne Titmus has broken the women’s 400m freestyle world record at national championships, according to Swimming Australia.

Titmus, the reigning Olympic champion over 200m and 400m, finished the 400m freestyle in 3:56.40 on Sunday night, breaking the previous world record set by American Katie Ledecky in 2016 by 0.06 seconds. .

“I’m really happy,” Titmus, 21, said after the race.

“I thought if I went out there and did the best race I could with how I felt, the world record was definitely within my grasp.”

Titmus’ world record is the latest chapter in his growing rivalry with Ledecky, whom he beat in the 400m final at the Tokyo Olympics.

On the same day, Titmus paid tribute to Ledecky, describing the American as the greatest female swimmer of all time. “I can’t get on her side. What she’s done for women’s swimming has been crazy – she’s been at this level for 10 years,” Titmus said.

“Hopefully now this keeps the battle going – give it a bit of a boost and hopefully we can see how much faster we can get going.”

With the conclusion of the Australian Swimming Championships, which took place in Adelaide from Wednesday to Sunday last, Swimming Australia announced that Tokyo gold medalists Kaylee McKeown and Zac Stubblety-Cook are among a host of Australian stars. of swimming who will lead the team for the next FINA World Championships.

The governing body has selected a squad of 39 for next month’s match in Budapest, including 11 who will make their national team debut.

“These World Championships are the first step on the road to Paris and I have no doubt that our Dolphins will continue to set the standard on that journey,” Swimming Australia CEO Eugenie Buckley said in a press release.

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