Australia's star Ariarne Titmus won her second Tokyo 2020 gold ©Getty Images

Ariarne Titmus, Yui Ohashi and Tom Dean all won their second gold medals of Tokyo 2020 after another intriguing session of swimming finals which saw Katie Ledecky become a six-time Olympic champion.

Australia's Titmus added the women's 200 metres freestyle title to the 400m free gold she won two days ago - which had sparked manic celebrations from her coach Dean Boxall.

Her first victory saw her dramatically pip American great Ledecky - who was also in today's final and hoping to win two golds in a single session.

Titmus produced a superb swim to win in 1min 53.50sec - an Olympic record.

Ledecky was never in contention, finishing fifth, but she did have the consolation of winning the women's 1500m freestyle title later.

Hong Kong's Siobhan Haughey had led at the final turn but had to settle for silver in 1:53.92 as Titmus powered past her.

Penny Oleksiak of Canada won bronze in 1:54.70.

Yui Ohashi became a double Tokyo 2020 champion for hosts Japan ©Getty Images
Yui Ohashi became a double Tokyo 2020 champion for hosts Japan ©Getty Images

"I'm bloody exhausted," said Titmus, whose success prompted a more reserved reaction from Boxall.

"That was a hell of a tough one. 

"I knew Siobhan really wanted this. 

"I could tell by the way that she swam yesterday morning, so I knew it would be tough to beat her."

Yui won the women's 200m individual medley for hosts Japan after winning the 400m IM title on the opening morning of swimming finals.

A number of swimmers were in contention when approaching the wall but it was the home star who touched first after an excellent effort from lane two.

Americans completed the podium with Alex Walsh earning silver in 2:08.65 and fastest qualifier Kate Douglass taking bronze in 2:09.04.

Dean led a British 1-2 with Duncan Scott in the men's 200m freestyle yesterday and both medallists contributed as Britain won the 4×200m freestyle relay.

It was Dean who swum the opening leg, but a strong effort from Kieran Smith of the US gave the Americans the lead at the first changeover.

James Guy took the second leg for Britain and it was neck and neck with the Americans before 18-year-old Matthew Richards opened up some daylight as US swimmer Zach Apple slipped back. 

Scott then brought the gold home with the fifth fastest relay split in history.

The winning time was 6:58.58 as the US, who won this title at the last four Games, faded and slipped to fourth.

This allowed the ROC to pinch silver in 7:01.81 and Australia were the bronze medallists in 7:01.84.

Ledecky won her sixth Olympic gold after leading the women's 1500m freestyle - an event being contested at the Games for the first time - from start to finish.

Her qualifying time had been six seconds quicker than anyone else and the result was never in question as she touched home in 15:37.34.

Erica Sullivan made it a US 1-2 in 15:41.41 and bronze went to Germany's Sarah Kohler in 15:42.91.

"It means a lot," Ledecky, who swam for more than a mile in the session, said.

Katie Ledecky won the first Olympic final in the women's 1500m freestyle to win her sixth gold medal ©Getty Images
Katie Ledecky won the first Olympic final in the women's 1500m freestyle to win her sixth gold medal ©Getty Images

"People maybe feel bad that I'm not winning everything, but I want people to be more concerned about other things in the world. 

"People are truly suffering. 

"I'm just proud to bring home a gold medal to Team USA."

There was a first Olympic title for Hungary's world champion and world record holder Kristof Milak, who triumphed in the men's 200m butterfly despite his suit ripping shortly before the race.

He clocked 1:51.25 in a convincing victory which bettered the Olympic record of Michael Phelps.

Japan's Tomoru Honda won a superb silver from lane eight in 1:53.73 and Italy's Federico Burdisso took bronze in 1:54.45.

South Africa's Chad le Clos, the London 2012 champion in this discipline, was in contention but faded to fifth.

"My suit tore 10 minutes before the start of the race, just before entering the call room," Milak said.

"At that moment I knew that the world record was gone, because I was totally off focus. 

"When that happens to a swimmer, it could be the goggles, or the suit, but just prior to a race, it can destroy your focus, absolutely. 

"I got tense. 

"It was on my face and it was no longer that easy to do what I wanted to do."