With little time to digest their thrilling 400m duel, Ariarne Titmus and Katie Ledecky are again at it once more tonight within the heats of the 200m freestyle in Tokyo.
Aussie ‘Terminator’ Titmus upset reigning champion Ledecky to claim the Olympic 400m freestyle gold medal in the second-fastest time ever swum on Monday, overpowering the US legend on the penultimate lap and powering to victory.
The Australian inched clear over the ultimate 50m to the touch in 3min 56.69sec. Solely world file holder Ledecky has ever gone faster.
Ledecky hit the wall for silver in 3:57.36, with China’s Li Bingjie a distant third in 4:01.08.
“On the 200, I used to be a bit bit nervous, like I knew she could be there. No-one’s going to return to an Olympics, particularly Katie Ledecky, unprepared,” mentioned Titmus.
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“So I assume I simply needed to belief myself. I attempted to remain as composed as I may and use the pace that I’ve.
“To drag it off within the backend towards somebody who has an incredible second half of her race, I’m actually pleased with that.”
Having taken her 400m crown, Titmus is favoured to do the identical within the 200m. A brutal consequence of the ‘backwards’ heats and finals schedule into Tokyo – geared round US TV audiences – means the pair have simply hours to recuperate earlier than recommencing their rivalry.
Much more brutal is the very fact Ledecky may also swim in a 1500m warmth tonight as she chases medals in a whopping vary of occasions, additionally together with the 800m freestyle.
Maddie Wilson (200m freestyle), Matt Temple, David Morgan (200m butterfly) and Kiah Melverton and Maddy Gough (1500m freestyle) are the opposite Australians in motion tonight.
DAY 3 HEATS SCHEDULE
8pm Ladies’s 200m freestyle – Ariarne Titmus, Maddie Wilson
8.17pm Males’s 200m butterfly heats – Matt Temple, David Morgan
8.37pm Ladies’s 200m particular person medley heats
8.53pm Ladies’s 1500m freestyle heats – Kiah Melverton, Maddy Gough
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