Swimming-Titmus does not change world champion despite impressive form | The mighty 790 KFGO

(Reuters) – Two-time Olympic champion Ariarne Titmus has no plans to reverse her decision not to compete at this year’s world championships, despite coming close to breaking Federica Pellegrini’s world record in the 200 m freestyle Friday.

Titmus finished 0.33 seconds off the long-standing mark when she won the distance at the Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide in her first competitive swim since the Olympics last August.

His time of 1 minute 53.31 seconds was his fastest in the event and eclipsed the performance that won him gold over the distance in Tokyo.

Despite her impressive swimming, the Australian will remain focused on the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in July and August to avoid exhaustion ahead of the Paris Olympics in 2024.

“I certainly didn’t think I would swim as fast as I am now,” said Titmus.

“At the beginning, I didn’t want to go to the world championships because I didn’t think I was ready to be mentally at this level to face the pressure again.

“I will have another month at home and I will continue to train. The decision was for Paris, to make sure I didn’t have a stacked year yet. I therefore stand by this decision.

Pellegrini’s world record in this event has stood since the 2009 world championships in Rome and was set during the era of supersuits, when the use of polyurethane and neoprene swimsuits saw times plummet.

Titmus’ performance is the closest a swimmer has come since the ban on wetsuits. The 21-year-old was thrilled with her efforts.

“I’m quite satisfied with the swimming. I only started training again in December,” said Titmus.

“I’m doing things in training that are better than before the Olympics; some things are not there, but some are better.

“It’s one of the toughest world records. His back-end (from Pellegrini) in this race was insane. I think she wore three suits or something.

“To even be close to that, I’m happy. It’s not even 12 months since the Olympics and I swam there faster than I did to win the gold medal.

(Reporting by Michael Church in Hong Kong, editing by Bradley Perrett)