At the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Australia’s Olympic star Ariarne Titmus broke the world record for the women’s 200-meter freestyle by swimming the fastest split time ever.
The 4x200m freestyle relay team of Madi Wilson, Kiah Melverton, Mollie O’Callaghan, and Titmus had an incredible night for Australian swimming as they broke the world record.
The quartet beat China’s previous record by 1.04 seconds by setting a world record of 7:38.29. Canada came in second place, 12 seconds behind the Australians. And 21-year-old Titmus proved why she is an exceptional athlete by setting a record for the fastest 200-meter split swim ever with a time of 1:52.82.
Titmus beat Italian star Federica Pellegrini’s record of 1:53.45 to become the first female swimmer to ever set a time under 1.53. The gap Titmus created between herself and Canada in the final leg as well as her teammates’ impressive swimming left fans in awe. Australian swimming legend The team’s swim in the championship left Ian Thorpe in a state of shock. According to Thorpe of Channel 7 commentary, “Australia won that by more than 12 seconds.”
“The depth we have in relays and sprints is really extraordinary, and we spoke about it earlier.”
The Australian relay team received praise from viewers as well.
Dean Boxall quits after Ariarne Titmus’s record.
Titmus’ outstanding performance also brought Titmus’ vivacious coach Dean Boxall to life. World news outlets covered Boxall’s bizarre celebration of Titmus’ stunning 400-meter gold victory over Katie Ledecky in Beijing. Once more, the swimming coach willed Titmus to victory in Birmingham.
Cameras captured Boxall encouraging the Australian soldiers to provide more assistance during the relay. Boxall joined Titmus’ family and team in a raucous celebration after learning that Titmus had contributed to the Australians breaking the world record.
At the Commonwealth Games, Ariarne Titmus set a new world record for the fastest women’s 4x200m freestyle relay split.
Australia won three gold medals in the swimming pool in Birmingham in the span of 60 minutes, enjoying a spectacular run. One of them was Emma McKeon, who on Sunday night won the 50-meter freestyle event to win her third gold medal of the competition and 11th overall. She had eight gold medals from the previous two Games when she arrived in Birmingham.
With 11 gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, McKeon leaves as the athlete with the most gold medals overall.