Katie Ledecky: “I have to breathe every stroke in the 50” (Video)


Reported by Nick Pecoraro.


Top 3 Finishers:

Swimming the 2nd-fastest time in the world, an unsual position for this star, was Katie Ledecky, hot off the heels of her B-final swim in the 50 free. Her winning time of 4:01.50 is just 2 seconds off of Aussie Ariarne Titmus’ leading time of 3:59.66. Leah Smith‘s second place time of 4:05.17 bumped her up from 15th to 5th in the world this year. Third-place finisher Kaersten Meitz took third with a 4:09.20, just sneaking into the top-25 times in the world.

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Makes sense, it’s not like she’s swimming the 50 cuz she wants to be good at the 50…if she changed her stroke for the 50 that would kind of defeat the purpose


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Sean S

Her 1500 stroke is not the same as her 100 free stroke. I think she is capable of doing something a little bit different for 2 lengths in a day.


Of course she’s capable of it. But she conforms to the needs of the 100 because there’s a 4×100 relay she can get on. She’s not gunning to swim the 50 internationally, so why not treat it like a chance to crank up the engine on her distance stroke?


Would be interesting to see Titmus’ 50FR. Not that I’m interested in her times or speed but the way she would breath. What she did at 400 is very unusual. Was it a special design by her coaching team and will make a revolution in mid distance racing as Fosbury Flop did in high jump. Or she simply tried to keep the streamline and to breath whenever the strong desire occur.

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