Ariarne Titmus upset Katie Ledecky to win the Olympic gold in the 400m freestyle on Monday in the second fastest time ever, with the great American having to settle for second.
The Australian crossed the last 50 meters to touch down in 3min 56.69sec. Only world record holder Ledecky has never gone faster.
Ledecky hit the wall for the silver in 3: 57.36, while China’s Li Bingjie was third in 4: 01.08.
“At 200, I was a little worried, like I knew she would be there. No one will come to the Olympics, especially Katie Ledecky, unprepared, ”Titmus said.
“So I guess I just had to trust myself. I tried to stay as calm as possible and use the speed that I have.
“To be successful in the backend against someone who has an amazing second half of the race, I’m really proud of that. “
Ledecky arrived in Japan after winning four gold and one silver in Rio in 2016, but Titmus followed suit, ousting her as the world champion in 2019 and leading the timesheets this year. season.
“I think I turned the 300 over, I saw it was there. I just wanted to give everything I had, I fought tooth and nail, ”said Ledecky.
“I can’t be disappointed with this, it was a good time on my part, an awesome swim with her. “
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