The Australian swimmer came back from the test to defeat the American champion and win the Olympic title at Tokyo 2020.
The magic of the Olympic Games continues on its third day of activities. Proof of this was given when the 20-year-old Australian swimmer won the gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle event and 3: 56.69. This sets a new Olympic record for Australia.
When Titmus left the American Katie Ledecky, Olympic champion in Rio 2016, this surprise occurred at the Tokyo Aquatic Center in the second position. The third position went to the Chinese swimmer Bingjie Li, with a 4: 01.08.
True to the style that has filled him with titles, with a complete start in the first 300 meters, Lendecky dominated the competition and came to have an advantage of 0.66 tenths after the first 250 meters. However, he couldn't keep up with his pace, and Titmus cut his lead in the final 100m. The Australian athlete closed in better shape with greater force and managed to touch the wall first, beating the American by 66 hundredths.
Titmus's time was the second-fastest in history, while Ledecky finished fourth best with a time of 3: 59.25.
This is Titmus' first Olympic medal at an Olympics, despite already having two world titles in his pocket. This result caused a complete lack of control in the ocean swimmer's coach, who could be seen during the broadcast of the Games.
Instead, the American swimmer got her seventh Olympic medal. He won the 800 meters in London in 2012, when he had his first performance. Then, four years later, he won silver in the 4x100 relay event and won five golds in five different events: 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 800m freestyle, and 4x200 freestyle.
When Ledecky qualified for the final of the 800 meters freestyle in Rio 2016, he broke the Olympic record. He set a new time of 8: 12.86. As a sign of her speed in this test, the American took more than 12 meters away from her other rivals.
The Australian swimmer has become a headache for the champion in Rio, as Titmus beat her in this same event at the Gwangju World Cup. It became the first loss in a competition for Ledecky in nine years. The US press argued that their national athlete did not feel in optimal condition before that final.
The rivalry has been present inside the pool, but there has been no feature of it outside of it. For Titmus, Ledecky became one of his sports heroines for the achievements he saw from a distance, like the Spanish tennis player Rafa Nadal, according to his confession.
It is likely that the reaction of the Americans will be present in the following competitions in the Japanese capital and could meet Titmus again on two occasions, in the 200 and 800 freestyle test.
The elimination test of the 200 will take place on July 26 at 07:12 in Argentina time, and the elimination of the 800 will be at 07:22 on July 29.
Titmus is nicknamed "Terminator" and aspires to continue his harvest of Olympic medals in Tokyo.