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Ariarne TITMUS
Sport Swimming
NOC Australia   
Born07 Sep 2000 in Launceston, AUS
Height1.77 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Partner Kyle
Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age seven at primary school in Launceston, TAS, Australia.
Why this sport?
"I remember we did school swimming and I thought, you know, I really like swimming. I was seven so I went and signed up and started training, racing, and got into it.''
Club / Team
St Peters Western: Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Name of coach
Dean Boxall [club]
General Interest
Terminator, Arnie [reference to actor Arnold Schwarzenegger]. (olympics.nbcsports.com, 21 Jul 2019; abc.net.au, 21 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal, US swimmer Katie Ledecky. (tennisworldusa.org, 15 Jun 2019)
She sustained a shoulder injury in early 2021. (examiner.com.au, 22 Apr 2021; smh.com.au, 02 Feb 2021)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She listens to music before competing. "Music not only gets me in the zone, but I use it to separate myself from other people and make sure I don't talk to anyone else, and really focus." (olympicchannel.com, 02 Jan 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Motivating myself for training is always super easy because I always have my goals. I try to keep them in the front of my mind and I try to do a lot of self-talk, and repeat them. I remember the positive things I've done in previous races. If I have a bad race, the biggest motivation for myself is to look at where it went wrong and then try and fix that." (olympicchannel.com, 02 Jan 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2021 she was presented with the Key to the City of Launceston in Tasmania, Australia, in recognition of her achievements at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (dailymail.co.uk, 24 Sep 2021; launceston.tas.gov.au, 30 Aug 2021)

She was named Australian Swimmer of the Year, Short Course Swimmer of the Year, and co-winner of the Patron's Award at the 2019 Swimming Australia Awards. (7news.com.au, 25 Nov 2019)
Famous relatives
Her partner Kyle Niesler has competed in swimming, including at the Australian Olympic trials for the 2020 Games. Her mother Robyn competed in athletics sprint events at national level in Australia. (perthnow.com.au, 30 Jul 2021; olympics.nbcsports.com, 11 Aug 2020)
To compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (olympics.com, 07 Oct 2021)
Other information
She says she has a friendly rivalry with US swimmer Katie Ledecky and enjoys competing against her. Titmus' victory in the 400m freestyle at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea, was the first time Ledecky had been beaten in the event at a major meet since 2013. Titmus won gold in the same event at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo ahead of Ledecky, who claimed silver. "When I'm not at the pool I've still got to think about my training, my eating and my sleeping. But it had to be like that because of who I was facing. I had to perform in a race where I was trying to take out the best female swimmer ever. If I didn't have someone like her to chase, I definitely wouldn't be swimming the way I am. I never go up against Katie scared, I'm always more concerned with what I know I can do and I know I can be good enough to beat her. We chat, she's just a normal person. She's lovely actually. We get along, like most competitors do." (7news.com.au, 02 Aug 2021; time.com, 30 Jul 2021; theadvocate.com.au, 30 Oct 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 08 Dec 2021)

In 2015 her family relocated from Launceston, TAS, to Brisbane, QLD, Australia, to provide her with better training opportunities. She was initially coached by Peter Gartrell following her move, before working with Dean Boxall. "I'm lucky to have parents that would do anything for me. A lot of other parents wouldn't pack up their whole lives and leave their jobs to move to Brisbane, but they wanted to do whatever they could to help me achieve my dreams." (7NEWS Australia YouTube channel, 18 Aug 2021; abc.net.au, 29 Jul 2021; olympic.org, 21 Aug 2019; couriermail.com.au, 31 Mar 2018)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2021 Tokyo, JPN 400m Freestyle 3:56.69
1 2021 Tokyo, JPN 200m Freestyle 1:53.50
2 2021 Tokyo, JPN 800m Freestyle 8:13.83
3 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:41.29
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR 400m Freestyle 3:58.76
3 2019 Gwangju, KOR 800m Freestyle 8:15.70
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Freestyle 1:54.66
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:41.50
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 800m Freestyle 8:37.10
4 2017 Budapest, HUN 400m Freestyle 4:04.26
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle 1:58.79
3 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:48.51
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 800m Freestyle  DNS
1 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 400m Freestyle 3:53.92
1 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 200m Freestyle 1:51.38
8 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  DSQ
3 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay  
3 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:36.40
6 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 400m Freestyle 4:02.70 
4 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 800m Freestyle 8:17.95
4 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:40.00