Ariarne Titmus Leads Aussie Sweep, Pride Restored To Dolphin Distance School in 8:20

Ariarne Titmus - by Delly Carr / Swimming Australia Ltd - and how the Australia CGF is celebrating its podium placers

Ariarne Titmus led a restoration of pride in Australian distance swimming, at least in Commonwealth waters, when she led a sweep that ended a 20-year title drought with a dominant 8:20.02 victory. Teammates Jessica Ashwood, 8:27.60,  and Kiah Melverton, 8:28.59, backed her up for a podium wipeout, England’s Holly Hibbott frustratingly close, on 8:29.05. Titmus’ victory marked the sixth win for Australia, a streak from the inaugural 800m in 1970 and 1998 interrupted by England’s Sarah Hardcastle, whose 8:24.77 in 1986 rattled the then world record and remains competitive today. Silver indeed – a good way for Hardcastle, living Down Under and an assistant to the England effort at the Games, to celebrate her 49th birthday

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Ariarne Titmus led a restoration of pride in Australian distance swimming, at least in Commonwealth waters, when she led a sweep that ended a 20-year title drought with a dominant 8:20.02 victory. Teammates Jessica Ashwood, 8:27.60,  and Kiah Melverton, 8:28.59, backed her up for a podium wipeout, England’s Holly Hibbott frustratingly close, on 8:29.05. Titmus’ victory marked the sixth win for Australia, a streak from the inaugural 800m in 1970 and 1998 interrupted by England’s Sarah Hardcastle, whose 8:24.77 in 1986 rattled the then world record and remains competitive today. Silver indeed – a good way for Hardcastle, living Down Under and an assistant to the England effort at the Games, to celebrate her 49th birthday

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