Titmus enjoys winning return after injury layoff

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Melbourne

Australia’s newest swimming superstar Ariarne Titmus has marked her return to the pool with gold in the 200m freestyle at the Australian Swimming Championships on Thursday.

With the Tokyo Olympics less than 100 days away, Australia’s swimmers are ramping up their preparations ahead of the Olympic Trials in Adelaide in June.

Titmus was one of a number of Australia’s young, high-profile swimmers in action on Thursday on the Gold Coast.

Coming back from a shoulder injury that kept her out of the pool for various stages across the last 12 months, Titmus claimed her 11th national title at just 20-years-old.

MORE: Australian Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman confident Australian athletes will get the vaccine before travelling to Japan She swam a time of 1:55.43 in the final to narrowly defeat Rio Olympian Madison Wilson.

It was the perfect hitout for Titmus as she prepares to qualify for her first Olympics in Tokyo later this year.—AP