Ariarne Titmus Aims to “Peak” at Paris Olympics 2024 to Edge Past Katie Ledecky Again

Published 10/09/2021, 4:17 AM EDT
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 31: Silver medalist Ariarne Titmus of Team Australia poses during the medal ceremony for the Women’s 800m Freestyle Final at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)


The 2020 Tokyo Olympics was an eventful outing for many reasons. As for the pool competitions, it hosted yet another intriguing matchup between Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus. In what was a clash of the titans, the race saw the latter defeat the former in astonishing style. However, even as the prodigy did the unthinkable and stunned the audience, hungry for more, she wants to do it again at Paris Olympics 2024.

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Ariarne Titmus eyeing more gold

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After her sensational victory in Tokyo, she took a break for two months, unwinding and relaxing. However, now she remains focused on getting back into her best shape to challenge herself in Paris. Hence, she has set her eyes on Katie Ledecky as she wants to do it all again.

“The plan is to get back into training at the start of October, get the body moving again. It will have been two months since I’ve swum, so it’ll take a while to get myself back.”

“I want to be at a good level next year but I’m not expecting anything like Tokyo. The following year I think we have world championships again. I want to be good for those events but I want to be able to peak for Paris,” said Titmus.

TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 28: Ariarne Titmus of Team Australia reacts with her coach Dean Boxall of Team Australia after winning the gold medal in the Women’s 200m Freestyle Final on day five of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 28, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Although she is ready to take the next challenge, Titmus played down her expectations for the future.

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Her life changed after Tokyo

The star from Tokyo has had a busy life, ever since she returned home. She was well-received in her home state and even invited to address the students at her alma maters, Sacred Heart, and St Patrick’s College. Moreover, she received a key to the city from Launceston Council and had a pool at Launceston Aquatic Center named after her.

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But, she took time to figure out her next Olympics with her dancing coach Dean Boxall.

“I have to find new ways to get better. I still believe that I’ve got more in myself. I’m still young and I want to keep swimming for longer. So I need to be more creative with Dean and come up with new ways to scrape a little bit more time off and I’m looking forward to that,” said Titmus.

TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 28: Ariarne Titmus of Team Australia celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Women’s 200m Freestyle Final on day five of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 28, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Thus, she looks determined than ever to attain glory. The motivation to do it all again speaks volumes about her grit and character. Hence, it will be interesting to see the two meet in the upcoming 2022 World Championships in Japan.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and 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 center the respect he deserves.

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