A meeting between Titmus, Ledecky and McIntosh, who were present he broke the old Titmus 400m world record earlier this yearit was one of the most anticipated races in years, but the Aussie proved himself to be a class above his opponents.
Titmus swam an incredible 3:55.38 in Fukuoka, breaking McIntosh’s previous record, while Ledecky finished second in 3:58.73 and bronze to New Zealand’s Erika Fairweather in 3:59.59. McIntosh was fourth in 3:59.94.
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After the race, Titmus declared his victory “the most satisfying” of his career.
“I was really excited about this race,” he told Nine.
“I’ve done a lot of work in the last six weeks that I’ve been enjoying.
“I just came in tonight and tried to run like I was fearless and run like a little girl and it paid off.”
Titmus admitted that he wanted to pressure Ledecky and McIntosh from the moment the shooting started.
“Summer and Katie are both great athletes and there’s nothing wrong with their race so I knew the only way to try to win was to go out and whoever fought the hardest at the end and who stayed the best in the race was going to hit the wall,” he said.
“I just had to go.”
Titmus coach Dean Boxall was full of enthusiasm after the win, he said his famous celebration from the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
“It’s been tough for us and I feel like everything has come at the right time,” Titmus said.
“He (Boxall) has helped me a lot this year and, yeah, it just means a lot. I feel like this win is probably the most satisfying. So this is great.”
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