2019 World Championships: Katie Ledecky Back in the Practice Pool in Gwangju


  • All sports: Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
  • Pool swimming: Sunday, July 21 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
  • The Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center, Gwangju, Korea
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After scratching out of heats of the 200-meter freestyle on Tuesday morning on medical grounds and then withdrawing from the final of the women’s 1500-meter freestyle on Tuesday night, Katie Ledecky may be back. Sources tell SwimSwam she is in the water at the training pool in Gwangju and swimming.

Ledecky was entered in the 200-400-800-1500 freestyle events at the 2019 FINA World Championships. USA Swimming announced the five-time Olympic champion had not been feeling well since her arrival, while head coach Greg Meehan told The New York Times that they were hoping to get her back in the meet “at some point.”

Ledecky won a silver medal in the 400 freestyle on Sunday, the first night of competition in Gwangju. It was her first loss in a distance freestyle event at an international meet, and while she had an uncharacteristically lethargic finish, Ledecky never mentioned not feeling well in the post-race press conference. She also swam in heats of the 1500 freestyle and posted the top qualifying time, before scratching the final.

Ledecky is the three-time defending World Champion in the 800 free, the only remaining individual event on her slate for Gwangju. Heat of that event are Friday morning. There has still been no official word on whether we’ll see her race again in Gwangju.

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1 year ago

Bout time

Reply to  Heyitsme
1 year ago

Oops did I say that

Reply to  Heyitsme
1 year ago

Please i hope for the 800 free relay final!! Leah smith l, margalis, mclaughlin and ledecky should be enough to defend there world title

1 year ago

I think she is good for a 155 if she can give it a go

1 year ago

It’s sorta nuts something like this never happened to Phelps in his career

Reply to  Pkwater
1 year ago


Steve Nolan
Reply to  Pkwater
1 year ago

He had the Beijing 2 fly goggle mishap?

Reply to  Steve Nolan
1 year ago

Well yes, but that didn’t cause him to miss 2 races

Reply to  Pkwater
1 year ago

He was suspended for 2015 Worlds, broke his hand in the lead up to Beijing, and struggled through 2010 and 2011with pretty serious depression issues. I mean, he was never sidelined with this specific issue, but if this is the biggest bump in Ledecky’s career, she’ll have made it out a lot smoother than Michael did.

Reply to  Jack
1 year ago

He also had a back injury that forced him out of the Short Course World Championships early.

Reply to  Pkwater
1 year ago

i honestly agreed at first thought, then remembered he actually had quite a lot of BS throughout his career..and got lucky at big competitions..but Ledecky has now gotten unlucky at one competition, and has never really dealt with any BS outside the pool..except for a bunch of internet haters bashing her consistently world leading times lol

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