Ledecky Explains World Championships Illness: GMM Presented By SwimOutlet.com

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At the 2019 FINA World Championships, after losing the 400 free for the first time since 2013, Katie Ledecky announced she had a stomach virus, keeping her out of multiple races. Later in the meet, Ledecky bounced back winning the 800 free in a come-from-behind victory.

Ledecky swam fast over the 2019 season on the run-up to World Championships in South Korea, and she expects to swim faster over the 2020 season on the run-up to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska next June.

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This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com. Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of SwimSwam.com, a Swimming News website.

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1 year ago

Ledecky showed a lot of heart in that 800. She seems to have ample motivation for Tokyo and knows she had more in the tank she didnt get to show. The world has gotten faster in her events….Titmus chief among them. In particular, the womens 200 free next summer will be a dogfight between several swimmers. Hopefully the competition between Ledecky and Titmus can push them to do amazing things.

Reply to  MKW
1 year ago

The heats for the women’s 200 m freestyle and women’s 1500 m freestyle are during the same session at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Ditto, the finals.


Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
1 year ago

That’s a very tough double if she chooses to do it. The U.S. trials follows the Olympic schedule so will at least allow a test run.

Reply to  Ger
1 year ago

Classify as sheer insanity.

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Reply to  MKW
1 year ago

The best thing that could happen to Ledecky is to have one or more girls really challenge her. It seems that her personality thrives on competition.

1 year ago

I feel she needs , as she well mentioned , to work on the 200 speed ……. and be back in 1.54 mid for OT .

1 year ago

The 200 is going to be a fight no matter how you look at it. Between Pelligrini and Titmus, and any number of folks who may show up during an Olympic year, I feel like Katie’s 200 free is similar to the 200 for Phelps in 2004 where a gold medal is an outside chance, and she might find herself just fighting for a medal. But I think if she trains for the 200 the way she’ll need to to have a shot at the gold, then she’s likely to medal and going to sweep the 400-1500, which is still an impressive feat.

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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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