Tokyo Olympics 2021: Swimming Fans Await the Epic Showdown Between Katie Ledecky vs Ariarne Titmus

Published 07/02/2021, 11:12 AM EDT
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 12: Katie Ledecky of United States celebrates winning the women’s 800m Freestyle on Day 7 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Tokyo Olympics 2021 will start on July 23rd as the athletes are ready to take part in this prestigious event. Swimming is one of the most-watched events along with athletics because of the excitement it produces.


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One such event which people look forward to is the 200 and 400-meter freestyle events. The reigning Olympic champion Katie Ledecky will go against Ariarne Titmus in the aforementioned events.

But, millions will watch the swimming competitions all over the world because of the caliber of these two simmers. The matchup proves to be an intriguing prospect, for fans all over the world.


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Ledecky looks to repeat her performances from Rio 2016 to cement her legacy as the greatest.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 13: (BROADCAST – OUT) Swimmer, Katie Ledecky of the United States poses for a photo with her five medals on the Today show set on Copacabana Beach on August 13, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Katie Ledecky vs Ariarne Titmus

The 20-year-old Titmus looks to dethrone Ledecky off the perch in Tokyo. Notably, the World Championships in Gwangju became the turning point for this event.

Ledecky and Titmus squared off in an exhilarating race that saw Titmus finishing first, ahead of Ledecky. She completed the race with a time of 3:58.76 in the 400-meter freestyle event.

Even though there were reports that Ledecky was ill during that event, Titmus gained all the plaudits for her determined display in the pool.

Titmus will hope to repeat the same feat heading into Tokyo Olympics 2021. Despite Ledecky still being the favorite to win the race, Ariarne will hope to improve her timings from her trails.


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The Olympic Swimming Trials for Tokyo Olympics 2021

The Australian Swimming Trials saw Titmus edging closer to Katie’s world record. She finished first and missed the world record set by Ledecky by half a second.

In the other 200-meter freestyle event, she came as close as.11 seconds of the oldest existing record in 200-meter freestyle set by Frederica Pellegrini in 2009. In addition, there are several records created during the much-aligned “super-suit” era.

But Titmus is getting closer to challenge Katie in all these events. After the race, she spoke to the media about her chances in Tokyo.

“Well, she’s not going to have it all her own way, I can’t control what she does. If I do the best I can and put myself in the position to win a gold medal, it’s going to be a tough race,” said Titmus.


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Ariarne Titmus reacts after winning the women’s 400m freestyle final, setting a new Australian and Commonwealth record, 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)

The swimming competitions this time around will be tightly contested. Swimmers like Sarah Sjostrom and Simone Manuel will add glitz and glamor to the event.

But the key match-up will be the 200 and 400-meter freestyle event with Ledecky and Titmus leading the charge. Who will win the battle?


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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.



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