Ledecky: I don’t know if I’d say I was “Breaking” the guys (Video)

Produced by Coleman Hodges.

Reported by Robert Gibbs.


  • FINA A: 1:58.96
  • U.S. Olympic Trials: 2:02.39

Allison Schmitt made things a little interesting, staying pretty close to Katie Ledecky down to the final strokes of the race, but Ledecky maintained her top seed from this morning and won the race in 1:55.71 to Schmitt’s 1:56.52.  There was a wide gap between those two and the rest of the field.  Maya DiRado finished 3rd in 1:58.64, followed closely byMelanie Margalis (1:58.70), Cierra Runge (1:59.08), and Simone Manuel (1:59.08).  Patricia Ortega (1:59.31) and Hannah Cox (2:00.27) finished 7th and 8th.

Missy Franklin, in lane 2 of the B-final after missing the A-final this morning, swam like a woman on a mission.  She opened up a lead early in the race, led by a body length at the 100, and finished in 1:58.64, which would have tied her for third in the A-final.

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Would love to see Clark Smith and Katie Ledecky train in a same group, both are very hardworking in training according to their coach and teammate.

BayArea Swim

I hope not.

Ledecky is the master of high pressure, Clark Smith buckles under pressure.


I don’t think this is reasonable or fair. Clark Smith has had some great swims in big meets.


That’s right. Clark is going to knock your socks of one of these days. He’s got what it takes to be at or near the top internationally. Eddie will get him there.


“one of these days” Can’t say for sure because you can’t count on consistency with him.


“So what, I don’t care, I’m not gonna stop”

She is awesome.


What a poised Champion !!! Love it too


Can’t upvote so I’ll have to type out that I agree. KL is such a bad-a and my favorite athlete right now.

Captain Ahab

Why is Simone Manuel and Maya DiRado rotary breathing in the 200 meter freestyle? Katie Ledecky and Allison Schmitt breath to their right side every stroke.


So That Rowdy can see it … LOL


“She’s breathing to her right, so she knows exactly where she’s at!!!!!!”

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Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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