Federica Pelligrini reinvigorated after 4th place Rio finish (Video)

Reported by James Sutherland. 

WOMEN’S 200 FREE FINAL

  • U.S. Open Record: 1:54.40, Allison Schmitt, 2012
  1. Federica Pellegrini, Italy, 1:56.07
  2. Kayla Sanchez, HPCO, 1:58.46
  3. Zhu Menghui, China, 1:58.78 / Katerine Savard, CAMO, 1:58.78

Italy’s Federica Pellegrini was never seriously challenged, cruising to the win in a fast time of 1:56.07. That time is just 0.03 off her world leading time from December.

Kayla Sanchez of the High Performance Centre Ontario had a very impressive swim to get in there for second in 1:58.46, and China’s Zhu Menghui tied for third in 1:58.78 with Katerine Savard of CAMO. Sanchez takes over the 7th fastest time in the world, and Zhu and Savard tie for 10th.

Melanie Margalis of Saint Petersburg (1:59.42) took 5th. Jazmin Carlin of Great Britain won the B-final in 2:00.14.

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lane Four
3 years ago

Looking forward to Worlds. Federica can medal and I hope that she does.

Bill Bell
3 years ago

With Ledecky going 1;50 Low/1:49 high and Franklin nipping @ her heels plus Sweden’s Michele Coleman and, likely, Hosszu also in the mix La Lionness de Verona’s gonna hAvea tuf time making the podium @ Budapest. Lot of miles on those legs since Bejing/Rome nearly a decade ago.

Hswimmer
Reply to  Bill Bell
3 years ago

What

bobo gigi
Reply to  Hswimmer
3 years ago

You don’t know Bill Bell?
We don’t have to take very seriously most of his comments. 🙂
He likes predicting crazy scenarios. 🙂

Riez
Reply to  Bill Bell
3 years ago

The WR (held by her) is 1:52.98 from the shiny era. Textile best is 1:53 high. Anyone around 1:54 will likely stand on the podium. As of today they are Ledecky and Sjostrom (who probably scratches the event) and maybe McKeon. Hosszu has never been below 1:55. Ikee still needs to shave off 2 sec. So to speak, Pellegrini has a good chance to make the podium.

Emanuele
Reply to  Riez
3 years ago

1.55 low will probably be enough to win a medal in Budapest.
Hosszu best is something like 1.55.80 so I don’t think she will race in the 200free.

Riez
Reply to  Emanuele
3 years ago

1:55.41 from 2015.
200 free is on day 4, which doesn’t trouble her possible schedule apart from that stupid semi-final in the previous evening after that she really needs her top shape to keep up with Seebohm in 100 back.

Riez
Reply to  Riez
3 years ago

BTW if that 200 free semi-final harms both of the two best female swimmers, cannot it be just simply rearranged?

Emanuele
Reply to  Riez
3 years ago

Hosszu swim 2 times in her career under 1.56: 1.55.89 and 1.55.41.
She isn’t fast enough in the 200 free to compete with the best swimmer in this event (Pellegrini, KL, Mckeon, SS, Duo Shen)

bobo gigi
3 years ago

Weird Federica doesn’t speak a decent English after so many years of travel and international competitions.
But at the same time I like hearing Italians speaking. Beautiful, funny and singing language.

Dee
Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

She does speak English – But not very confidently.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Dee
3 years ago

thats still a bit weird to me …..but thats me .

Luigi
Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

She has an accent even when she speaks Italian … 🙂

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