Ariarne Titmus shatters 200m freestyle world record in ‘greatest race of all time’ against Mollie O’Callaghan

Ariarne Titmus and Mollie O’Callaghan have both broken the world record in the 200m freestyle, but the record now belongs to Titmus after beating her teammate at the Australian swimming trials.

In a lightning clash between the world and Olympic champions, the pair went back and forth on the final lap and Titmus clocked 1:52.33, ahead of O’Callaghan’s 1.52.48.

Both swimmers obliterated O’Callaghan’s previous world record of 1:52.85 set at last year’s world titles in Japan, where she upset Titmus.

“One of the greatest races of all time and Ariarne has regained the world record,” said Nine commentator Mat Thompson.

“It might be the best we’ve ever had. She has the chance to return from Paris as Australia’s greatest ever swimmer.”

Watch Titmus and O’Callaghan both break the WR in the video above

Giaan Rooney added: “I’m speechless. I’m speechless, 0.62 off the world record broken just last year.”

“You can see how disappointed Mollie is, but you can see how much Ariarne Titmus wanted that world record,” Ian Thorpe added.

“I just think this field is so hotly contested, Mollie and I have to do our best to make the team for this relay,” Titmus said.

“I’m really happy to finally record a 200m swim that matches my training times.”

O’Callaghan said: “I think it’s fantastic, we push each other to the best of our limits.

“It really shows how hard we train.”

Lani Pallister took third (1:55.57), Brianna Throssell fourth (1:55.74) and Shayna Jack and Jamie Perkins placed fifth (1:56.22), booking their spots for the 4x200m freestyle relay.

The Australians will be favorites for relay gold in Paris after taking bronze behind China and the United States in Tokyo.

Titmus, O’Callaghan, Throssell, Jack and Perkins all train under coach Dean Boxall, who has been juggling warm-ups in the same lane at the Brisbane Aquatic Center before the final.

St Peters Western teammates Titmus, O’Callaghan, Throssell and Jack broke the 4x200m freestyle relay team to world titles last year.

“I’m exhausted, let alone the swimmers. What a great race,” said Titmus’ father, Steve.

“Honestly this is a time in life to address what we have witnessed here.

“This is just one of life’s great moments, amazing.”

Mum Robyn said: “What’s special is that both girls have broken what has been the world record for so many years wearing the super suit.

“To produce those times as teammates is absolutely incredible and you know what, Paris, come on, the Aussies are coming.”

Titmus now holds both the 200 meter and 400 meter freestyle world records. He broke his world record in the 400 meters freestyle on the opening night of the trials and will look to add the 800 meters to his schedule later in the week.

O’Callaghan also qualified in the 100 backstroke with a time under 58 seconds and would be a real medal possibility in Paris, but she is unsure if she will swim the event in Paris due to her busy schedule.

Cameron McEvoy, 30, won the 50m freestyle in 21.35 to become the first Australian swimmer to compete in four Olympics.

Australia has never won a medal of any color in the men’s 50m freestyle at the Olympics.

Ben Armbruster also managed to slip under the qualifying time of 21.84 to secure first Olympic place.

Elijah Winnington (7:44.90) fell under the qualifying time in the 800m freestyle, while Sam Short (7:46.52) was just outside but will be eligible to swim the Paris event after qualifying in the 400m.

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