Event: 200m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle, 800m Freestyle, Women's 4x200m Freestyle Relay
Olympic History: Tokyo 2020 (x2 gold, silver & bronze)
Highlights: Two gold medals at Tokyo 2020, 2019 400m freestyle world champion, 4x200m freestyle relay world record (2019).
Club: St Peters Western, Indooroopilly
Year Born: 2000
State Born: TAS
Ariarne Titmus emerged as one of the real stars of the Tokyo Olympics when she captured the 200m freestyle and 400m freestyle golds, defeating an elite field which included American superstar Katie Ledecky.
She had earlier put Ledecky on notice with her come-from-behind win over her at the Gwangju world championships in South Korea in 2019 where she inflicted the first international 400m defeat ever on the US legend. Ariane also collected a silver (in the 800m freestyle) and bronze (in the 4x200m freestyle relay) to complete a hugely successful debut Olympics.
Although she decided to bypass the world titles in Budapest in 2022, she followed up her Olympic success by claiming four golds at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games later that year.
A ferocious, hard-working competitor, she continues to train with her exuberant coach Dean Boxall out of the St Peters squad. She currently has won 24 medals in international competition. And she has only just begun.
The Tasmanian native first stamped her mark on the world swimming stage at the 2017 World Championships, where she earned bronze medal as part of the Women’s 4x200m freestyle relay team. She then went on to finish fourth in the 400m freestyle event.
A year later, in front of a home crowd at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Titmus was dominant; winning three gold medals in the Women’s 400m freestyle, the 800m freestyle and the 4x200m freestyle relay, as well as silver in the 200m freestyle.
A fruitful Commonwealth Games campaign headlined a strong calendar year for Titmus, who also earned gold twice at the 2018 World Short Course Championships and once at the Pan Pacific Championships.
At the 2019 World Championships, Titmus took top honours in the Women’s 400m freestyle and the 4x200m freestyle relay, whilst also earning silver and bronze in the 200m freestyle and 800m freestyle, respectively.
Ariarne confirmed she was one to watch in Tokyo at the Australian Olympic trials held in Adelaide, where she swam a time of 1:53.09 in the 200m freestyle and 3:56.09 in the 400m freestyle, making her the second faster women ever to swim both events.
Her times also set new Commonwealth records in both the 200m freestyle and 400m freestyle, and narrowly missed the world record by just 0.11 seconds in the 200m.