2017 FINA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Sunday, July 23rd – Sunday, July 30th
- Budapest, Hungary
- LCM (50m)
- Full Competition Schedule
- Meet Info
- Psych Sheets
- Omega Results
- Pick ’em Contest
- Event-by-Event Previews
Reigning Olympic champion Katie Ledecky began her quest for a World Championship three-peat in the women’s 400 freestyle on day 1 in Budapest, cruising to a prelim time of 3:59.06. That lowers her own Championship Record of 3:59.13, set two years ago in Kazan.
Ledecky’s swim was also the 7th fastest in history, as she now owns the eight fastest swims ever and nine of the top ten. Prior to setting a world record of 3:56.46 at the Olympics, Ledecky was 3:58.71 in the prelims. Being so close to that time here is a positive sign as she heads to the final.
Fellow American Leah Smith topped her heat to qualify 2nd overall in 4:02.00, setting up a potential 1-2 for the Americans after going 1-3 in Rio. That looks like it could very well be the case, as the biggest threat to Smith was expected to be Hungarian Boglarka Kapas, but she didn’t look great and finished back in 5th at 4:05.93.