Ariarne titmus gave the big blow this Monday and took the gold in the final of the 400 meters free swimming of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
The 20-year-old Australian slid better than anyone in the Tokyo Aquatic Center pool and closed the event with a time of 3: 56.59, which in addition to the most desired medal awarded him the Oceania record.
Titmus, in this way, just as he had ousted Katie ledecky In the 2019 World Cups, now she snatched the Olympic title in this distance from the American who shone in Rio de Janeiro 2016 with the golds in 200, 400, 800 and 4×200 freestyle.
24-year-old Ledecky is nothing less than record holder in 400, 800 and 1,500 freestyle meters. Until that fall in 2019, he had not lost a single race over distances greater than 200 meters for more than seven years. This time he had to settle for the silver medal again, after having reached 0.67 seconds behind the winner.
Ariarne Titmus celebrates and Katie Ledecky resigns. Photo Patrick B. Kraemer / EFE
The third step of the podium corresponded to the china Bingjie li, who reached the goal at 4.39 seconds. He was far from the gold, but he was left with the consolation prize of having set the Asian record for this test.
Titmus, who went down in history at these, the first Olympics of his career, is owner of the second best times in history in 200 and 400 meters freestyle. In that last one, he still has a pending account with Ledecky, the record holder.
Nicknamed The terminator, Titmus enters the competition zone listening to rock music, borrowing his mother’s playlist. “I’m not normally a fan of rock music, but for some reason hearing it out loud before swimming motivates me,” he said.
The one who lived and celebrated the triumph of pure rock and with gesticulations at the limit of what good taste admits It was Dean Boxall, Titmus’s coach, in a celebration that will remain in the memory of these Games.