Ariarne Titmus dethrones Katie Ledecky for women's 400m freestyle gold | Tokyo Olympics | NBC Sports

Australia’s Ariarne Titmus ran down Katie Ledecky in the 400-meter freestyle, handing Ledecky her first-ever Olympic silver in an individual event. #NBCOlympics #Tokyo2020 #Swimming
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Each swimming event is broken up into rounds with the purpose of trimming the field of competitors (which can sometimes number upwards of 90+ for individual events) down to a final race of eight. Individual events at distances of 200m and shorter require three rounds: preliminary heats, semifinals, and a final. Each athlete participates in one of several preliminary heats in hopes of recording a top-16 time, thereby advancing to the semifinals.

From there, the eight fastest swimmers across both semifinal heats advance to the final. Individual events at distances of 400m or longer, along with all relay events, do not include a semifinal round. In these events, only the top eight swimmers or teams across the preliminary heats advance to the final. In the event of a tie for the final lane in a semifinal or final round, tied competitors swim an additional head-to-head race to determine who advances. This is also known as a “”swim off””. Olympic swimming competition days generally contain two sessions: one for only preliminary heats, and a second for semifinals and finals. The exceptions are the first day of competition, which lacks a semifinal/final session, and the last day, which does not contain a heats session.

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Ariarne Titmus dethrones Katie Ledecky for women’s 400m freestyle gold | Tokyo Olympics | NBC Sports


  1. Dang. I didn't think nobody was going to beat her. She's so dominate maybe she was tired of getting the gold medal and wanted a silver one.

  2. Ledecky got tired on the last lap. She forgot to eat her Wheaties and the Aussie girl blew her out of the water.

  3. Kinda disappointed Katie didn't congratulate her in the water. Katie is her idol and that would have meant a lot.

  4. what makes this crazier?? that was Ledeckys BEST time in 5 years in the 400..and was near world record..and Titmus chased her down the last 100 m! amazing race!

  5. Please don’t spoil the results with the titles. As some people are watching it for the first time, it can take out all the drama.

  6. Ledecky has won four individual Olympic gold medals in Swimming over two Olympic Games. After Tokyo it may be six individual Olympic gold medals. Not sure that anyone else will achieve that in woman’s swimming within the next decade.

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  8. Titmuss was incredible! The Aussie was far stronger. The commentators saying a huge upset, when she's the WC! Typical!

  9. Good job to all the athletes. Can’t believe China is getting to the third place. The Chinese is catching up and getting better and stronger in swimming, Go China 🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳

  10. Katy needs to destroy that bum Titmus in the rest of her races. Her coach is totally disrespectful. Let them know they've woken the dragon! Brrrr! When you win the medal shove it in his face.

  11. Ledecky is great, the rest of the field is catching up. The crazy thing Titmus can swim faster than this they say.

    That is scary

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