Australia’s Ariarne Tittoms won a gold medal in the women’s 400-meter freestyle on Monday, beating US defending champion and world record holder Katie Ledecky.
“Surreal,” said Titmuss, who participated in the first Olympics. “That’s the biggest thing you can do in your sports career.”
20-year-old Titmus is from Tasmania, a small island nation off the south coast of Australia. According to her profile on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics website, she started swimming at the age of seven and her success gave her a terminator nickname.
Titmus joined the Australian dolphin swimming team in 2016 and a year later won the bronze medal in the women’s 4×200 meter freestyle relay at the 2017 World Championships.
At the 2018 FINA World Swimming Championships, Titomas won gold medals in the 200m and 400m freestyles and set a world record at 3:53:92.
That year, Titmus also won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, a multi-sport event between different countries of the Commonwealth of Nations, held every four years.
Her medal acquisition continued at the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. So when Titmuss won the gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle, he brought Ledecky the first major international defeat in history.
At the same tournament, Titmuss won a gold medal with the team in a 4×200 meter freestyle and set a world record in the process. Titmus also won silver in the 200m freestyle and bronze in the 800m freestyle.
With the victory of Titmus on Monday, Australia won its second gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
Titamas’ next race will be on Tuesday at 10:30 am EST (9:30 pm EST on Monday) against Olympic record holder Allison Schmitt in the Women’s 200m Freestyle Semifinal.
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