2022 COMMON GAMES
- Friday July 29 – Wednesday August 3, 2022
- Birmingham, England
- Sandwell Aquatic Center
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- Preliminary Rounds: 10:30 AM Local / 5:30 AM ET
- Finals: 7:00pm Local / 2:00pm ET
- LCM (50m)
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The reigning Olympic champion in the women’s 200 meters free, Ariarne Titmusmade some magic in the final of the event here at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
After proving herself the best swimmer with a morning dive of 1:55.68, Titmus of Australia unleashed a stunning performance of 1:53.89 to take gold. That set a new Games record, overtaking the previous figure of 1:54.81. Canada’s Taylor Ruck topped the books by almost a second at the 2018 Gold Coast, Australia.
Opening tonight’s race at 56.14 and closing at 57.75, Titmus’ outing here was within easy reach of her monster 1:53.09 she registered last year. That made Titmus the #2 artist of all time, behind only world record holder Federica Pellegrini, who remains the fastest ever at 1:52.98 from 2009.
For Titmus, her performance here represents her 4th appearance under the 1:54 barrier, after the aforementioned 1:53.09, as well as 1:53.31 in May 2022 and 1:53.50 in Tokyo en route to capturing the Olympic gold medal.
With her gold medal-winning performance here, Titmus’ time of 1:53.89 lands in slot #8 of the all-time top performances in this women’s 200m free time.
But right behind Titmus tonight, the World Championships was a highlight Mollie O’Callaghanalso from Australia.
Just 18 years old, O’Callaghan already made a name for himself by capturing a trio of relay medals at the 2020 Olympics.
Then, last month, she bagged 6 medals from the 2022 World Championships, including individual gold in the women’s 100m free and silver in the 200m free.
Tonight, O’Callaghan crushed a lifetime best time of 1:54.09, taking 200m free silver behind teammate Titmus. That ranks as the 10th fastest performance in history, making O’Callaghan the 6th fastest performance of all time.
O’Callaghan masterfully split 56.76/57.25 to clock her 1:54.09 PB, shattering her previous record of 1:54.94 in May this year. In Budapest, O’Callaghan took silver in 1:55.22.
Top performances in the 200 m freestyle for women of all time
- Federica Pellegrini (ITA), 1:52.98, 2009
- Ariarne Titmus (AUS), 1:53.09, 2021
- Ariarne Titmus (AUS), 1:53.31, 2022
- Ariarne Titmus (AUS), 1:53.50, 2021
- Allison Schmitt (USA), 1:53.61, 2012
- Federica Pellegrini (ITA), 1:53.67, 2009
- Katie Ledecky(US) 1:53.73, 2016
- Ariarne Titmus (AUS), 1:53.89, 2022
- Siobhan Haughey (HKG), 1:53.92, 2021
- Mollie O’Callaghan (AUS), 1:54.01, 2022