Sports, Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Katie Ledecky, Ariarne Titmus, Swimming

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Trash talking Ariarne Titmus crushes Katie Ledecky in Olympic swimming grudge match

The new Australian rival came from behind to beat America's best women's swimmer of all time.

7/26/2021 6:03:00 AM

The new Australian rival came from behind to beat America's best women's swimmer of all time.

The new Australian rival came from behind to beat America's best women's swimmer of all time.

.The rivalry between the two countries for swimming is epic. One race on Monday in Tokyo proved the rivalry is far from over. A young Australian named Ariarne Titmus took down the great Katie Ledecky in the 400-meter freestyle final on Monday in Tokyo (Sunday night in the U.S.), setting the stage for an interesting finish to swimming in this year's Games.

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Titmus, who was in lane 3, trailed Ledecky for the first three quarters of the race. Titmus overcame Ledecky in the 300-350 leg of the race, and she outpaced the final 50 meters to claim the gold medal.Titmus touched first in 3 minutes, 56.59 seconds, which was 0.67 seconds ahead of Ledecky. China's Li Bingjlie finished third at 4:01.08.

Titmus swam the best race of her career, which was just enough to beat Ledecky's second-best of her career, only second to her world record. Ledecky's time was the fourth-fastest in women's history for the 400 meters.Ariarne Titmus of Team Australia and Katie Ledecky of Team United States react after competing in the Women's 400m Freestyle Final on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 26, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. headtopics.com

Photo by Al Bello/Getty ImagesThis was the first final on Ledecky's busy Tokyo schedule, which includes a 200-meter and 1,500-meter final on the same day this week.Ledecky was a prohibitive favorite to win a big haul of gold medals in her freestyle load, but an early silver was a shock. She was gracious in defeat.

"I think it was the 300 when I saw her right there," Ledecky said after the race."It was an awesome swim by her." Read more: Newsweek »

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this is terrible news Congrats to Katie on Silver, but absolutely elated that Ariarne won her favourite event, the 400m freestyle. Great swim Ariarne Titmus! 🎉🥇 Proud of how Katie competed!

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