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The Stage Is Set for the Katie Ledecky-Ariarne Titmus 400 Free Showdown

TOKYO — Katie Ledecky came to a stop in the media mixed zone Sunday night and, for a quick moment, craned her neck for a view of the television monitor located behind a gaggle of reporters. There were no results on the screen, but you can’t blame her for being a bit curious about what had just transpired in the pool behind her.

The greatest female freestyler in history had completed her first swim of these Tokyo Olympics, rolling through the 400-meter freestyle in 4:00.45. The next heat was the one she had her eye on, led by Australian Ariarne Titmus.