Ledecky’s Times In Practice Are Ridiculous: GMM presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

Olympic champion Katie Ledecky came off of an Olympic Training Center camp before the Richmond Pro Swim,  and, yes, she did things in practice I’m confident no other woman has ever done.

  • 20 x 100m free on 1:40, holding under a minute on half of them.
  • 400m IM set, descending. On the last 400, Ledecky swam it 400m free, dropping a 4:10…from a push.

Ledecky, as expected, is doing the hard work, striving to inspire and impact the sport. I love that she sounds a little like Michael Phelps, thought Phelps rarely, if ever, shared his practice repeats. If anyone knows of legendary Phelps sets, please share in the comments. 


After Australia’s Ariarne Titmus dipped under 4 minutes, I think it’s time for Ledecky to send a message.  True, Titmus is three seconds off of Ledecky’s 3:56. That’s not exactly close, but it’s too close, and I’m looking for any motivation for Ledecky to go 3:55.7 at World Championships this summer. Ledecky has been under four minutes 15 times.  3:55.7 feels right. And it’s Ledecky. Anything is possible.

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4:31 500y free from a push is just absurd… how many guys out there are dropping 4:13s at the end of practice?


suited and with a start conservatively drops it to a 4:27…


Are we surprised? All elite can do some phenomenal things in practice! It is the “cart before the horse or horse before the cart” theory. The reason they are elite is that they can do those unbelievable things in practice!


4.10 for 400m IM? Really? That would have been a world record!! Probably 400y?


Last one was free


Sounds like she did the last one freestyle


Oh, that would make sense. Sorry my bad. Reread the writing again.

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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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