ARIARNE TITMUS

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Swim­ming: 3 golds, 1 sil­ver IT was out of the blocks and into the books for swim­mer Ariarne Titmus (above) as she dived straight back into Year 12 stud­ies af­ter her sen­sa­tional show­ing at the Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games.

There was lit­tle time to bask in the glow of her fourmedal haul – three golds and a sil­ver – with the Bris­bane teen in her fi­nal year of high school at St Peter’s Lutheran Col­lege at In­dooroop­illy.

She also had to re­sume train­ing for the Pan Pa­cific Cham­pi­onships in Tokyo in Au­gust, when she be­came only the third woman in his­tory to crack the four minute mark in the 400m freestyle, fin­ish­ing sec­ond to Amer­i­can great Kate Ledecky.

Titmus also won a gold in the 4x200m re­lay.

Six months on from the Gold Coast Games, Titmus, who turned 18 last month, said it would al­ways hold a spe­cial place in her heart.

“I feel I re­ally han­dled the pres­sure of rac­ing in front of a home crowd, and hav­ing a pro­file at the Games, quite well,” she said. “I think it helped me race faster and boosted my con­fi­dence.”

Titmus said com­pet­ing in her first big event, and stay­ing in the Games vil­lage, gave her a taste of what the Olympics would be like as she sets her sights on Tokyo in 2020. She is jug­gling her last weeks at school while train­ing for the na­tional short course cham­pi­onships in Mel­bourne at the end of the month.

“I have one more term of school left and I’m so ready to fin­ish,” she said. “I’m just try­ing to en­joy what I have left as a school­girl, but am su­per ex­cited to fo­cus more on swim­ming next year.”

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