SYDNEY (REUTERS) - Australian teenager Ariarne Titmus has a simple message for her competitors in the pool at April's Commonwealth Games - she is only going to get faster.
The 17-year-old has qualified in three events for the April 4-15 multisport event on the Gold Coast after she completed a rare treble at the Australian trials this week.
Titmus became the first Australian woman in 14 years - and just the sixth overall - to win the 200, 400 and 800 metres freestyle at the trials when she took the longest event with a personal best of 8min 20.08sec.
It was the second-fastest 800 freestyle swum this year and not far behind Jessica Ashwood's Australian record of 8:18.14 from 2016. American Katie Ledecky, who will not be at the Commonwealth Games, holds the world record of 8:04.79.
"I was pretty close to the (Australian) record," Titmus said.
"I thought I'd be a bit closer, I was probably aiming for the 8:18 mark. It was a good swim, but I want to go faster. I obviously have some things to work on leading into the Games, so it's something I can look forward to.
"I'm really happy I'm on the team now and I get to do those three swims. I worked hard for this, so I'm pretty happy."
The swimming at the Commonwealth Games will take place at the same Gold Coast Aquatic centre as the Australian trials.