Surprisingly honest confession from Ariarne Titmus about her American rival Katie Ledeky at the Tokyo Olympics
Ariarne Titmus, two-time Olympic gold medalist, has admitted she is ‘absolutely insane’ after Australia’s Golden Girl has one last medal
Ariarne Titmus, two-time Olympic gold medalist, has admitted she is “definitely confused” as the Australian Golden Girl has one last medal.
Titmus, who has become the star of the Tokyo Games, admitted that she feels the emotional and physical strain of her first games and carries with her the hopes of a nation.
“Today is a big day. I had an hour and a half in my room today. I’m totally confused,” Titmus told Channel 7.
“Honestly, I’m exhausted. I keep thinking about Beijing, it was the same as this morning’s heats. Phelps won eight golds. I’ve done two and I’m wrecked.
“It puts into perspective for me how great he was. I’m going to rest as much as possible and get ready for my last race at the Olympics.”
Titmus, who has become the star of the Tokyo Games in the country, admitted that she feels the emotional and physical tension of her first games and harbors the hopes of a nation (photo after winning gold with coach Dean Boxall)
“Today is a big day. I had an hour and a half in my room today. I’m all confused,” Titmus told Channel 7
The 20-year-old Tasmanian, who won golds in the women’s 200m and 400m freestyle over American superstar Katie Ledecky, paid tribute to her arch-rival who kept her going.
“I love racing with Katie. It’s nice to be on my own a bit. It’s really good this week. We get on well,’ said Titmus.
“We really enjoyed racing each other. I mean, we don’t get it done very often. It’s so much fun for us to be able to race. So I’m looking forward to two days.’
Titmus swam first in the 4x200m relay in Australia on Thursday, who were red hot favorites for the event but instead finished third in a lineup that left legends Ian Thorpe and Giaan Rooney confused.
Just before the race, the Aussie swimming Thorpe said he was confused with the team’s lineup when Titmus stepped up to the blocks.
“I’m a little curious about the order in which they swim,” said the nine-time Olympic medalist.
Former Olympic gold medalist Giaan Rooney echoed his sentiment, saying it was a ‘big miss’ to have O’Callaghan off the team.
“I’m not sure but I think the idea was that both Titmus and McKeon would swim up front quickly but ‘comfortably’ (they both have individual events left) and to have enough lead after Wilson for Neale to anchor – biggest miss was Mollie O – 1.55.10 in the heat,” she tweeted after the race.
“I’d like to know the thought process behind it.”
Golden Girl: Titmus beams as she holds up the gold medal in the women’s 400m freestyle
Titmus, who has become the star of the Tokyo Games, admitted that she feels the emotional and physical strain of her first games and carries with her the hopes of a nation
Titmus admitted she was beginning to feel the weight of competing in four events, paying tribute to the Games’ most decorated Olympian Phelps for having the stamina to keep going.
She qualified sixth for the 800-meter freestyle final, her last event and final race against Ledecky.
“This is probably my hardest backup and it’s not an easy 800 in the morning,” Titmus said.
“This is a very deep field. I knew I had to be strong and swim a solid swim to get through. I think it should be fine with that time.’
Titmus and others have a great chance of upsetting Olympic champion and world record holder Ledecky.
The American entered the final fastest at 8:15.67 with her 15-year-old teammate Katie Grimes (8:17.05) leading the way.
Titmus finished second in her heat and was sixth fastest in the final in 8:18.99 with compatriot Kiah Melverton (8:20.45) seventh.
Titmus’ teammate Kaylee McKeown is on track in her quest to become a double gold medalist at the Tokyo Games as well
The gold medalist in the 100m backstroke improved her title claims in the 200m backstroke in Thursday night’s heats
Titmus’ teammate Kaylee McKeown is on track in her quest to become a double gold medalist at the Tokyo Games as well.
The gold medalist in the 100m backstroke improved her claims to the 200m backstroke title in Thursday night’s heats.
McKeown won her heat in two minutes 08.18 seconds to be fastest in the semi-finals.
Compatriot Emily Seebohm (2:09.10) was the eighth fastest.
In the newly introduced 4x100m mixed medley, the Australian team of Isaac Cooper (backstroke), 200m breaststroke gold medalist Zac Stubblety-Cook (breaststroke), Brianna Throssell (butterfly) and Bronte Campbell (freestyle) finished second behind China.
The Chinese were the third fastest qualifiers, with Australia fourth in a field led by Great Britain and the United States.
In the men’s 100m butterfly, Matt Temple advanced through the heats to the semifinals, but compatriot David Morgan missed.