In what is sure to be one of the races of the meet, 18-year-old Ariarne Titmus will face-off against American superstar Katie Ledecky in the final of the Women’s 400m Freestyle on night one of the FINA World Swimming Championships in Gwangju.
Titmus will take to the starting blocks in lane five after posting 4:02.42 in the heats, with Ledecky taking lane four. Kiah Melverton finished in eleventh (4:09.56), missing a spot in the final.
In the Men’s 400m Freestyle, Jack McLoughlin (3:44.79) and Olympic Champion Mack Horton (3:45.51) will fill lanes three and two respectively as they look to get a podium finish.
Emma McKeon and Brianna Throssell will both contest the semi-finals of the Women’s 100m Butterfly after posting heat swims of 56.90 and 57.88 respectively. McKeon heads in as second fastest qualifier and Throssell as ninth.
Swimming a big personal best, Matt Wilson (59.17) qualified sixth fastest heading into tonight’s semi-finals of the 100m breaststroke.
There’ll also be finals action for our Aussie relay teams, with the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle and the Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay after they qualified first and fourth respectively.
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