Swimming: The Fina World Championship is underway in Gwangju, South Korea and there are some interesting competitions to come as our swimmers get ready for Tokyo 2020. Ariarne Titmus has come out swinging in the heat this morning and will try to build that shape.
Titmus sent a warning to Ledecky
Ariarne Titmus from Australia has thrown a great challenge to American Katie Ledecky with an impressive 400m freestyle freestyle in the world swimming championship in South Korea. Titmus World No.2 recorded four minutes, 02.42 seconds to qualify for the second fastest for Sunday's final on the first morning of the eight-day title – just half a second behind top seed Ledecky.
Five-time Olympic champion Ledecky has never beaten the 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle at international meetings since 2012. But the 14-time world champion will look over his shoulder after Titmus recorded his fastest morning warm-up time.
"I support myself that I have enough in me to do a very good swim tonight," said Titmus.
Olympic champion Mack Horton raced through the men's 400m freestyle, overcoming the disappointing form of his national test to qualify for the fifth final on Sunday. Australian teammate Jack McLoughlin recorded the best time to become the third fastest behind the top qualifier, controversial Chinese star Sun Yang.
Horton 3: 45.51 hot time was almost one second faster than the second placement in 400m in a disappointing trial last month. Horton only entered the world title team at the discretion of coach Jacco Verhaeren after failing to qualify in the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle.
"The trial was not a strong reflection of how I practiced, so it was rather frustrating," Horton said. "We thought we might need a little more rest (in court) but it turns out we might not – I think we have sorted it now."
Horton continued his rivalry with Sun, who was dismissed by Australia as a "drug" at the Rio Olympics before claiming a 400m freestyle gold surprise. Sun has been allowed to compete before a hearing at the Arbitration for Sport Court where he faces charges of destroying a bottle of his blood with a hammer in clashes with anti-doping testers last September.
Australia is the top qualifier for Sunday's 4x100m freestyle women's final.
Brianna Throssell seems to have won the match with Madi Wilson to fill the void created by the late withdrawal of Shayna Jack after being the fastest in the heat. Australia is the fourth fastest for the men's 4x100m freestyle final.
Ahead of Sunday's semi-finals, world number two Emma McKeon was second fastest in the 100m butterfly and Matthew Wilson was the sixth fastest in the 100m breaststroke.