Ariarne Titmus Clocks World-Leading 400m Freestyle Time, Boosting Paris 2024 Confidence

Aussie swim star Ariarne Titmus sets new 400m freestyle world record, cementing her status as a top contender for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

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Ariarne Titmus Clocks World-Leading 400m Freestyle Time, Boosting Paris 2024 Confidence

Ariarne Titmus Clocks World-Leading 400m Freestyle Time, Boosting Paris 2024 Confidence

Ariarne Titmus, the reigning Olympic champion in the women's 400m freestyle, posted the fastest time in the event this year at the Australian Open Championships on the Gold Coast. Titmus clocked a blistering time of 3:59.13, becoming the first swimmer to go sub-4 minutes in the 400m freestyle this season.

The 22-year-old Australian was challenged early in the race by Lani Pallister, the world short course champion, but Titmus pulled away in the final stages to secure the victory. Pallister finished second in a personal best time of 4:01.75.

Titmus, who regained her 400m freestyle world record at last year's world championships, expressed surprise at dipping under the 4-minute mark while still in training, eight weeks out from the Olympic trials. She is one of only three swimmers, along with Canada's Summer McIntosh and New Zealand's Erika Fairweather, to have gone under 4 minutes this season.

Why this matters: Titmus's performance serves as a warning shot to her rivals, including American Katie Ledecky and Canadian teenager Summer McIntosh, ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympics. Titmus, who has swum four of the six fastest times in history, is set to contest the 200-400-800 treble in France, having won gold in the 200m and 400m and silver in the 800m at the Tokyo Olympics.

Other notable results from the Australian Open Championships include Cameron McEvoy winning the men's 50m freestyle, Matthew Temple taking the men's 100m butterfly, and Jenna Strauch dominating the women's 200m breaststroke. Kaylee McKeown, the reigning Olympic 100 and 200m backstroke champion, continued her excellent form, setting a new all-comers record in the 50m backstroke with a time of 27.07 seconds, the fifth fastest time ever recorded and the fastest time ever swum in Australia.

Titmus's sub-4-minute performance in the 400m freestyle boosts her confidence as she prepares to defend her title at the Paris 2024 Olympics. "I'm really happy with that. I think it's a good sign eight weeks out from trials," Titmus said. "I felt pretty controlled, so it gives me a lot of confidence going into the next few months." With her sights set on Olympic glory once again, Titmus appears to be in top form as she continues her preparations for the Paris Games.

Key Takeaways

  • Ariarne Titmus swam the fastest 400m freestyle time this year (3:59.13).
  • Titmus became the first swimmer to go sub-4 minutes in the 400m freestyle this season.
  • Titmus's performance serves as a warning to rivals ahead of the 2024 Olympics.
  • Kaylee McKeown set a new Australian all-comers record in the 50m backstroke (27.07s).
  • Titmus is confident in her preparations for the 2024 Olympics after her sub-4 minute swim.