18/04/2024

Australian Ariarne Titmus is a dual Olympic champion, claiming the 2oom Freestyle this morning. Image:@finaworld/ Twitter

Ariarne Titmus is back to her best after a bout of COVID disrupted her Commonwealth Games preparation after her remarkable Worlds campaign. She will hope to follow her success in Commonwealth Games off the back of a four medal performance on the Gold Coast in 2018.

Australia’s swimming golden girl Ariarne Titmus is back to her best after a bout of COVID disrupted her Commonwealth Games preparation following her remarkable Worlds campaign.

She will hope to follow her success in Commonwealth Games off the back of a four medal performance on the Gold Coast in 2018.

Her season has been stellar thus far this year, with a world record in the 400m freestyle final, the top of the highlights at the Australian Swimming Championships in May in Adelaide.

She also won the 200m freestyle, swimming faster than her Olympic gold time from 2021, although coming agonisingly close to Federica Pellegrini’s world record.

Being in this rich vein of form and with the Commonwealth Games in sight, Titmus opted to skip the World Championships in Budapest to continue her games preparation.

Unfortunately her preparation was disrupted due to being sick with COVID in June. Despite this hurdle, she is confident she is getting back to her best when she needs it the most ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

“I feel like I had such a great lead up to trials and I felt like everything fell into place and I swum probably one of the best 400m [freestyles] I can swim,” Titmus said.

“Things have changed since then. Obviously getting COVID post-trials put a bit of a spanner in the works but I think everyone has kind of gone through that, so I was trying to get myself feeling back to myself. I feel like that now and I’m really excited to race at the Comm Games.”

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Titmus is preparing at an Australian swimming team combined camp in Chartres in France. She believes that this has been the perfect preparation for her to get into a good space before Birmingham.

“It’s been really nice to be here in the sun, feels like I’m back in summer again and to have a change of scenery and mix things up a bit is really good for your training as well,” she said.

“It was hard being back home in the cold swimming, but I think i’ve got some really good work in. I’ve made some shifts and I’m feeling really good for Comm Games.

“I feel like I’ve really improved in some areas since trials and I’m looking forward to seeing how fast I can go at the games.”

Ariarne Titmus looks to snatch gold from American Katie Ledecky in Tokyo. (Photo: Australian Olympic Committee/Quinn Rooney)

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