In a triumphant feat at the world championships, Ariarne Titmus achieved a remarkable victory by reclaiming her 400m freestyle world record and securing the gold medal. Her dominant performance left rivals Katie Ledecky and Summer McIntosh trailing behind in the wake of her success.
Titmus showcased her exceptional skill, completing the race with a swift time of 3 minutes and 55.38 seconds, effectively snatching back the record that had been taken from her by McIntosh in March earlier this year.
While Ledecky demonstrated her prowess by finishing in second place with a time of 3:58.73, McIntosh faced disappointment, landing in fourth place. The third position was secured by Erika Fairweather from New Zealand, who finished with a time of 3:59.59.
The race, eagerly anticipated at the world championships’ opening night in Fukuoka, Japan, featured a thrilling showdown between Olympic champion Titmus, world record-holder McIntosh, and defending world champion Ledecky. However, Titmus dominated the field, leading from start to finish and surpassing McIntosh’s previous record of 3:56.08.
Prior to the race, Titmus added a touch of drama to the build-up by questioning McIntosh’s ability to handle the pressure of such a significant event.
During the morning heats, Ledecky had set the stage with her impressive performance, claiming the fastest time ahead of Titmus and McIntosh. Her pursuit of further world titles, already numbering 19 and a record for women, showcased her unwavering determination.