17/04/2024

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

Ariarne Titmus has won her second Gold Medal at Tokyo 2020 in the 200m Freestyle on a golden morning for Australia.

It’s turning into one of Australia’s best ever days at the Olympic games. Five medals in the bank, three of them gold, all before the clock struck midday on Day 5 of competition in Tokyo.

All eyes were drawn to the pool for the Round 2 battle of Ariarne Titmus vs Katie Ledecky in the 200m Freestyle where the Aussie superstar has claimed her second Gold medal of the games with an Olympic record of 1:53.50, finishing ahead of Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey and Canadian Penny Oleksiak.

The Path to Gold: The Heats

Hours after claiming her first gold medal in the 400m, Titmus was back in the water that night for the 200m heats. The Australian inched clear over the final 50m to touch in 3min 56.69sec. Only world record holder Ledecky has ever gone quicker. Ledecky hit the wall for silver in 3:57.36, with China’s Li Bingjie a distant third in 4:01.08.

Ledecky and Titmus were in separate Semi-Finals the following morning, with the Australian qualifying fastest for the final in 1.54.82, ahead of her American rival who qualified third quickest.

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The Final:

Haughey and Oleksaik were commanding over the first 100m of the race, going out under world-record pace. But in typical Titmus fashion, she powered her way into the medal positions at the 100m metre mark and continued pushing all the way back down the pool for the final lap. Claiming the lead clearly with 30m to go and holding on to claim the Olympic record. Ledecky finished in 5th, the first time she has failed to make the podium after contesting an Olympic Final.

Both Titmus and Ledecky will take on each other for a third time later in the week in the 800m freestyle, with Ledecky a clear favourite to win her first individual gold at these Games in that event.

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