It’s being dubbed the best particular person battle in any sport on the Tokyo Olympics; Aussie world champion Ariarne Titmus going head-to-head with residing American swimming legend Katie Ledecky.
The pair will face off within the first instalment of their much-anticipated Tokyo showdown in Monday’s 400m freestyle ultimate, with 20-year-old rising star Titmus chasing a primary Olympic gold and making an attempt to disclaim 24-year-old Ledecky a sixth.
It’s one in all three finals involving Australians on Day 3, with Emma McKeon looking gold within the 100m butterfly and the boys’s 4x100m freestyle group seeking to upstage the highly effective US and Italian groups.
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Ledecky edged Titmus in Sunday night’s heats to be quickest qualifier for the ultimate, the American kickstarting gruelling schedule which may even see her deal with the 200m, 800m and 1500m freestyle.
Titmus is slight favorite in each this occasion and the 200m having upstaged Ledecky on the 2019 world championships however it would seemingly take a world file to win the gold on Monday.
Ledecky has seemingly made some extent of not naming her nice rival however broke that rule after clocking 4 minutes 00.45 seconds to high qualifying forward of Titmus (4:01.66). The pair will race side-by-side in lanes 3 and 4.
“It’s gonna be an awesome race with Ariarne and plenty of nice swimmers in that area,” mentioned Ledecky.
“I imply we have been (all the time) going to be there within the center lanes in all probability, it’ll be an awesome race tomorrow.”
Titmus threw down the gauntlet on the Australian trials final month, with a scorching 3:56.90, the second quickest of all-time and simply outdoors Ledecky’s world file 3:56.46.
“I felt actually good, most likely probably the most relaxed I’ve felt shortly,” mentioned the Australian, who may even problem Ledecky within the 200 and 800.
“Tonight was actually about making an attempt to preserve your feelings for tomorrow morning.”
McKeon will chase her second gold of the meet having helped Australia’s women’s 4x100m freestyle relay team claim gold with a phenomenal swim on the third leg.
A sizzling area contains Chinese language race favorite Zhang Yufei and Swedish swimming legend Sarah Sjostrom however McKeon can’t be written off based mostly on the shape we’ve seen to date.
Australia’s males certified third-fastest for the dash relay ultimate, behind Italy and the USA, because of a surprising anchor leg from Rio 2016 100m particular person champion Kyle Chalmers.
PODCAST: Adam Peacock & James Magnussen react to Australia’s first gold medal from Tokyo and preview the headline rivalry between Australian teen Ariarne Titmus and American Katie Ledecky.
DAY 3 FINALS SCHEDULE & AUSSIES IN ACTION (ALL TIMES AEST)
11.30am Girls’s 100m butterfly ultimate – Emma McKeon
11.37am Males’s 200m freestyle semi-finals – Thomas Neill
11.50am Girls’s 100m breaststroke semi-finals – Chelsea Hodges
12.12pm Males’s 100m breaststroke ultimate
12.20pm – Girls’s 400m freestyle ultimate – Ariarne Titmus
12.31pm – Males’s 100m backstroke semi-finals – Mitch Larkin, Isaac Cooper
12.53pm – Girls’s 100m backstroke semi-finals – Kaylee McKeown, Emily Seebohm
1.05pm – Males’s 4x100m freestyle ultimate – Australia
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