Olympic champion Katie Ledecky broke the 800 meter free world record for the 4th time in Austin at the Arena Pro Swim Series. She clocked an 8:06.68, lowering the record time of 8:07.39 she set last summer at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan.
Coach Bruce Gemmell of NCAP said Ledecky was a little rested for the meet, that he wanted to see where she was race-wise well in advance of 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha. This is consistent with past seasons. Ledecky swims jaw-dropping times in-season, then ramps training back up for a few months only to break more world records at the end of the season.
It appears Ledecky will swim 100-200-400-800 free at U.S. Olympic Trials. Predicting times, taking into account her full schedule, is tough. I think my predictions are out-there, but Ledecky’s shown us putting limits on her is a fool’s game.
800m free in Omaha – 8:03.9
800m free in Rio – 8:01.8
What are your predictions?
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