Ariarne Titmus Bags Four Medals From Tokyo Olympics 2020, Aims to Become the Rafael Nadal of Swimming

Published 08/02/2021, 3:54 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 9, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his quarter final match against Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


Australian swimmer Ariarne Titmus has revealed her dream and aspirations regarding reaching the top. She wants to become the Rafael Nadal of swimming and dominate the sport, as she had mentioned back in 2019. Today, she can proudly call herself the Nadal of her sport, having won a galore of medals in Tokyo.

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Titmus won two gold medals, one silver and one bronze at the Tokyo Olympic Games. She is only 20-years old and has a long way to go ahead in her career.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021, Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his semi final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Ariarne Titmus’ admiration of Rafael Nadal

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Ariarne Titmus mentioned Rafael Nadal’s name in 2019 when she was contesting at the World Titles in Seoul. She was only 18 back then and was contesting with the best swimmers. She showed hints of the Rafael Nadal spirit in her actions as she gave stiff competition to US legend Katie Ledecky.

She’s been public in her admiration for Rafael Nadal. You can see that ability to nail it down and do the job. That’s how she turns up every day,” said Jeremy Hickmans, her performance coach, in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald.

Titmus won two golds, one each in women’s 200m and 400m freestyle event. She won a silver in 800m freestyle, whereas she earned a bronze in the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay event.

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Ariarne Titmus reacts after competing in a women’s 400m freestyle heat during day two of the Australian Olympic swimming trials in Adelaide on June 13, 2021. – — IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE — (Photo by Brenton Edwards / AFP) / — IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE — (Photo by BRENTON EDWARDS/AFP via Getty Images)

Nadal’s absence from the Tokyo Olympic Games

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Rafael Nadal is a former Olympic Gold medalist and a 20-time Grand Slam champion. He won the 2008 Beijing Olympic Gold after defeating Fernando Gonzalez of Chile. He won the medal at his maiden Olympic campaign and hence laid his legacy.

Titmus too won the gold medals in her first Olympic appearance and has laid down the foundation for her career ahead. However, it will take Nadal’s aggression and passion to keep up with her form and dominate the sport.

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Can Ariarne Titmus emulate Rafael Nadal’s career and implement it in swimming?

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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