How Fast Will Ledecky Swim 800 Free in Omaha? Gold Medal Minute presented by

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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.

Mel Prediction:

800m free in Omaha –  8:03.9

800m free in Rio – 8:01.8

What are your predictions?

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4 years ago

For the 800, I think she’ll pull the same move she did at US Nationals try and save some energy then go after it at the Olympics. I’ll say 8:10 at trials, but the 100/200/400 I think she’ll get after those. I know I’m playing the way-too-early game Mel, but here’s a question for you to chew on: Next year at NCAA’s (or at least over the course of her college career) do you believe Katie will break 4:20 for the 500?

Steve-O Nolan
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
4 years ago

I like it!

Seriously, don’t swim college. Not when you’re a generational talent like this.

Victor P
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
4 years ago

That is extremely optimistic.

Reply to  jd14
4 years ago

I had the same thought actually. I could see her going all in on short course next year (taper wise) because she will have the pressure of the games off her back and she can relax (sort of) for a little while. Also how insane would it be if she broke 15 minutes in the 1650!???!!!!

northern sue
Reply to  SamH
4 years ago

I would love to see her take a shot at some of the SCM records, but I guess it won’t happen any time soon since she’ll be swimming SCY next year in college. (Not to mention that FINA will evidently never give her Swimmer of the Year again until she swims some of their world cup races.)

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  SamH
4 years ago

For KL, definitely doable. Just need time & training. She already has the attitude & motivation.

4 years ago

I think Ledecky will blast a fast time in Omaha and be slower in Rio.She don’t need a WR to win.She could go conservative in 400 and 800 because she will need all the strength she has to overcome a strong field in 200free.It’s all about the GOLD.

Reply to  DDias
4 years ago

The 800 is after the 200 in Rio. She has no reason to hold back. As for saving strength for her 200 by going easy in 400. NO WAY JOSE!! She swam a time to get herself into the final of 200 at WORLDS 15 minutes after blasting a world record in 1500!!!! Then she went on to win it. Now with this 1:54.4 we have proof she can really hang with the big 200 swimmers (this summer you could argue other swimmers just had bad swims/meets). She will give 100% in every Olympic final she is in guarantee.

Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
4 years ago

I built all the way to the end with your mom last night

4 years ago

Could someone tell me what the fastest time ever done by someone not named Katie Ledecky is?

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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