Ariarne Titmus of Australia topples Katie Ledecky, American swimmer, to clinch the gold medal of Women’s 400m freestyle on July 26 at the Tokyo Olympics. Ledecky has won one silver and four gold medals at Rio 2016. But Titmus put her entire effort to oust Katie and became World Champion in 2019. In this season also, Titmus won the gold. When it came to Tokyo Olympics, the Australian prevailed and hit the wall in just 3 min 56.69 seconds, which is the second-fastest time ever swum.
Only Katie has gone better with a time of 3:56.46 record at the Rio Olympics. But now Ledecky has to settle with silver with Li Bingjie of China, who got third. Titmus said that she tried to stay composed and utilized all the speed she has. It was a two-horse race as both Titmus and Ledecky were the only women who went under four minutes in the Rio. The duo came together smiling when they left the pool, and Katie Ledecky paid tribute to her competitor.
Ledecky said that they are really friendly. Titmus told her that she could have done so much without her. Katie also said that she thinks it was great for the overall sport. She was attempting a program in Japan and swum in the 1500m, 800m, and 200m which already got added to the Women’s Olympics.
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At the same time, the Swedish defending Champion Sarah Sjostrom got defeated by Maggie MacNeil, who won gold in the Women’s 100m butterfly. The Canadian World champion made a stunning victory with extreme speed in the final. Emma McKeon of Australia helped smash the 4x100m relay and claimed gold on July 25. MacNeil, after her result, said that she could not believe it and was unable to see anyone as she was in the outside lane, which worked to her advantage.
Caeleb Dressel, the US superstar, made his Tokyo bow amazing with a scintillating opening of 4x100m freestyle relay to lead his team to win gold. Dressel, who has 13 world titles, has prompted comparisons with Michael Phelps, who is a winner of eight golds in the year 2008 and has 23 in total. In the semi-final racing Regan Smith, the American defending champion, outswum Australian Kaylee McKeown in order to qualify fastest for the final 100m backstroke event.