Titmus takes 200 free in 1:53.89 C’Wealth Games record, O’Callaghan 1:54.01

Titmus takes 200 free in 1:53.89 C’Wealth Games record, O’Callaghan 1:54.01

COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2022

  • Friday 29 July – Wednesday 3 August 2022
  • Birmingham, UK
  • Sandwell Aquatic Center
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    • Finals: 7:00 p.m. local time / 2:00 p.m. ET
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The reigning Olympic champion in the 200m free, Ariarne Titusdid something magical in the final of the event here at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

After establishing herself as the top-placed swimmer with a morning swim of 1:55.68, Titmus of Australia unleashed a stunning 1:53.89 performance to take gold. It set a new game record, surpassing by almost a second the previous mark of 1:54.81 set by Canada’s Taylor Ruck at the 2018 edition in Gold Coast, Australia.

Titmus opened tonight’s race in 56.14 and finished in 57.75. Titmus’ outing here came within striking distance of her monster time of 1:53.09 set last year. That made Titmus No. 2 all-time, just behind world record holder Federica Pellegrini, who’s 1:52.98 from 2009 is the all-time fastest.

For Titmus, her performance here marks her fourth time under the 1:54 mark, after posting the aforementioned 1:53.09 and 1:53.31 in May 2022 and 1:53, en route to claiming the Olympic gold medal. reached 50 in Tokyo.

With her gold medal performance here, Titmus’s time of 1:53.89 places her at #8 among the all-time top performances in this women’s 200m.

But right behind Titmus tonight was the outstanding World Championship Mollie O’Callaghanalso from Australia.

At just 18, O’Callaghan has already made her mark by winning three relay medals at the 2020 Olympics.

Then, just last month, she picked up six medals from the 2022 World Championships, including individual gold in the women’s 100m and silver in the free 200m.

Tonight, O’Callaghan broke his lifetime best of 1:54.09 to grab a 200m silver medal behind teammate Titmus. That’s the 10th fastest performance in history and makes O’Callaghan the 6th fastest player of all time.

O’Callaghan masterfully separated 56.76/57.25 to match her PB of 1:54.09, breaking her previous lifetime best of 1:54.94 set in May of this year. In Budapest, O’Callaghan took her silver in 1:55.22.

All-time best women’s 200m freestyle

  1. Federica Pellegrini (ITA), 1:52.98, 2009
  2. Ariarne Titus (AUS), 1:53.09, 2021
  3. Ariarne Titus (AUS), 1:53.31, 2022
  4. Ariarne Titus (AUS), 1:53.50, 2021
  5. Allison Schmitt (USA), 1:53.61, 2012
  6. Federica Pellegrini (ITA), 1:53.67, 2009
  7. Katie Ledecky(US) 1:53.73, 2016
  8. Ariarne Titus (AUS), 1:53.89, 2022
  9. Siobhan Haughey (HKG), 1:53.92, 2021
  10. Mollie O’Callaghan (AUS), 1:54.01, 2022

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