Reported by James Sutherland.
WOMEN’S 400 FREE FINALS
As expected Ledecky was out from the start, opening up a 2-second advantage just 100m in. She nearly even split the race, out in 2:00.0 and back in 2:00.9 to win in 4:00.98. The time improves her #1 world ranked time by three one-hundredths.
At the halfway mark it was a battle between three women for 2nd, with Joanna Evans, Cierra Runge and Hali Flickinger all in the mix at 2:03s. However, Evans and Flickinger pulled away on the back half, with Evans getting the touch for 2nd in 4:08.44 to Flickinger’s 4:08.62. Runge finished 7th, though just half a second back of 4th.