Swimming world erupts over Ariarne Titmus feat at Comm Games: 'Epic'

Ariarne Titmus (pictured left) winning the Commonwealth Games 200m freestyle and (pictured right) Titmus, Mollie O'Callaghan and Maddie Wilson embracing on the podium.
Ariarne Titmus (pictured middle) won the Commonwealth Games 200m freestyle with Aussies Mollie O'Callaghan and Maddie Wilson finishing second and third respectively. (Images: Channel Seven/Getty Images)

Olympic swimming sensation Ariarne Titmus has delivered a gold and a Commonwealth Games record in the 200m freestyle with Australia also picking up silver and bronze.

In one of the night's best races, Titmus broke the Commonwealth Games record with a stunning swim of 1:53.89 in Birmingham.

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However, 18-year-old Mollie O'Callaghan surprised viewers and pushed Titmus right until the end with a brilliant time of 1:54.01.

Australia collected 1-2-3 with Maddie Wilson picking up bronze.

Titmus' swim was the fourth fastest of her career and the eighth fastest time in the 200m event of all-time.

Incredibly, O'Callaghan recorded a personal best and the 10th fastest time in the history of the event.

Titmus currently holds three of the four fastest times ever recorded in the event, but the world record still evades her.

Viewers erupted over the thrilling finish, which signals a strong sign for Australian swimming with O'Callaghan emerging as a real talent.

Australia cleans up at Commonwealth Games

The Aussies enjoyed a stunning start to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Australia won five of the seven gold medals on offer in the first night of the pool.

In a similar feat to the women, Elijah Winnington won gold in the men's 400m freestyle with at time of 3:43.06, finishing ahead of fellow Aussies Sam Short and Mack Horton.

Horton enjoyed a strong heat time, but couldn't convert in the final.

Australia's Ariarne Titmus (pictured) celebrates with her gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.
Australia's Ariarne Titmus (pictured) wins gold in the women's 200m freestyle event at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Olympic champion Zac Stubblety-Cook added to his World Championship title to win the men's 200m breaststroke.

Tim Hodge won his first ever para-swimming gold in the men’s S9 100m backstroke with a time of 1:01.88.

And in a thrilling finale to the night, star quartet William Yang, Kyle Chalmers, Mollie O’Callaghan and Emma McKeon won the mixed 4x100m relay with a time of 3:21.18s, only slightly edging out England's 3:22.45.

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