Ariarne Titmus Shatters World Record to Win Women’s 400m Freestyle Gold at Swimming Championships

Ariarne Titmus of Australia won the women’s 400-meter freestyle gold medal at the 2022 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, on Sunday, breaking Katie Ledecky’s world record in the process.


Titmus clocked a time of 3:56.40 to break Ledecky’s 2016 world record of 3:57.36 by 1.34 seconds. The 20-year-old Australian also became the first woman to swim the 400 freestyle under 3:57.

Ledecky, who was not competing in Budapest, finished second in the final in 3:59.06. The American swimmer had held the world record for six years.



Titmus’s victory was her second gold medal of the championships. She also won the 200 freestyle on Thursday.





The Australian swimmer is now considered one of the favorites to win the 400 freestyle at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

Titmus’s victory was a major upset, as Ledecky had been the dominant force in the 400 freestyle for years. However, Titmus has been steadily closing the gap on Ledecky in recent years, and she finally broke through in Budapest.

Titmus’s victory is a major boost for Australian swimming. The country has not won a gold medal in the women’s 400 freestyle at the Olympics since 1996.

Titmus’s performance is also a reminder that the 400 freestyle is one of the most competitive events in swimming. At each of the last three Olympics, a different woman has won the event.

With Titmus now in the mix, the 400 freestyle is sure to be one of the most exciting events at the 2024 Summer Olympics.


Here are some additional details about Titmus’s victory:

  • She is the first Australian woman to win the 400-freestyle world title since Tracey Wickham in 1978.
  • She is the youngest woman to win the 400 freestyle world title since Ledecky in 2013.
  • Her time of 3:56.40 is the second-fastest time in history, behind only Ledecky’s world record.


Titmus’s victory is a testament to her hard work and dedication. She has been training for this moment for years, and she finally achieved her goal. She is an inspiration to swimmers all over the world, and she is sure to be a force to be reckoned with in the years to come.

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