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Titmus stuns Ledecky in 400 free with strong final 100

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Titmus stuns Ledecky in 400 free with strong final 100

And they’re off! LI Bingjie with the quickest reaction in lane 5 but it’s 14-year-old Summer McIntosh of Canada who leads at 50m in lane 2.

Coming down the second 50 and Ledecky has pushed into the lead, followed by Titmus who is right behind her. 0.07 the gap at 100m.

McIntosh is still hanging on with Ledecky and Titmus, who turn at 150 first and second although the American’s lead is now out to 0.49 seconds.

This gap is growing – slowly, but growing. 0.66 at 200m and 250m as both Ledecky and Titmus settle into a rhythm.

Hang on, Titmus is closing the gap! Down to under two-tenths at 300m! The Australian is level!

This is a race! TITMUS TURNS IN THE LEAD AT 350!

The Australian is opening a gap in the final 50! Ledecky is pushing hard! But won’t do it! ARIARNE TITMUS WINS FOR AUSTRALIA!

3:56.69 a new Oceania record; Ledecky silver 0.67 behind; Li (CHN) bronze in an Asian record 4:01.08.

Believe it or not, Ledecky’s 3:57.36 was still her second-fastest mark in her career, behind only her world and Olympic record time 3:56.46 swum in Rio.

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