Ariarne Titmus’s classy post-giant-slaying moment with Katie Ledecky.
Ariarne Titmus etched her name into Australian sporting legend following an epic race before demonstrating her class outside the pool as well.
Ariarne Titmus has fully earned her status as a national hero after defeating Katie Ledecky of the United States of America in the Women’s 400m Freestyle in what can only be described as an epic battle in the pool.
Ledecky led for the majority of the race, while Titmus remained within touching distance, before the Australian surged ahead in the final 50 meters to claim the gold medal.
The race brought the nation to its feet, cheering Titmus on, and sent her coach Dean Boxall into a frenzy.
The 20-year-old from Tasmania handed Ledecky her first Olympic defeat in an individual event, and the American made a point of congratulating Titmus on her incredible performance.
Titmus, ever the lady, wrapped her arm around her great adversary as they exited the pool deck, an admirable display of sportsmanship.
She later paid tribute to Ledecky, telling her how inspired she had been by the American’s pool exploits.
“I expressed gratitude to her. Without her, I would not be here,” Titmus stated.
“She established this incredible bar. All credit goes to her as a swimmer. I’ve been attempting to pursue her. It’s quite exciting now that this battle has begun. It’s a lot of fun to race.”
Titmus’ victory gave Australia their second gold medal of the Tokyo Games, following their dominating victory in the Women’s 4 x 100m Freestyle relay.
Regardless of her victory, Titmus will need to put her celebrations behind her and reset her mind before diving back into the pool for the 200m freestyle.