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.”