Ledecky Rattles AR, Moves To #3 All-Time In 200 Free With Rio Gold

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Katie Ledecky survived her closest shave in an Olympic final yet, winning gold in the 200 free, missing the American record by a tenth and moving up to #3 in history at the Rio Olympics.

Ledecky went 1:53.73 to win one of the most closely-contested international golds of her career so far, topping Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom by just over three tenths.

That keeps Ledecky a perfect 14-for-14 in individual international finals. On top of those 14 golds, she’s won three major relay golds and a silver. Here’s a look at Ledecky’s international resume thus far:

Individual Races:

  • 2012 Olympics – 800 free GOLD
  • 2013 Worlds  – 400 free GOLD
  • 2013 Worlds – 800 free GOLD
  • 2013 Worlds – 1500 free GOLD
  • 2014 Pan Pacs – 200 free GOLD
  • 2014 Pan Pacs – 400 free GOLD
  • 2014 Pan Pacs – 800 free GOLD
  • 2014 Pan Pacs – 1500 free GOLD
  • 2015 Worlds – 200 free GOLD
  • 2015 Worlds – 400 free GOLD
  • 2015 Worlds – 800 free GOLD
  • 2015 Worlds – 1500 free GOLD
  • 2016 Olympics – 200 free GOLD
  • 2016 Olympics – 400 free GOLD

Relays:

  • 2013 Worlds – 4×200 free relay GOLD
  • 2014 Pan Pacs- 4×200 free relay GOLD
  • 2015 Worlds – 4×200 free relay GOLD
  • 2016 Olympics – 4×100 free relay SILVER

Ledecky still has the individual 800 free and 4×200 free relay left in Rio, and could push her total medal count as high as 19 golds and 1 silver.

As for this individual 200 free, Ledecky moves to #3 all-time with the 4th-best performance of all-time: 1:53.73. World record-holder Federica Pellegrini has two of the top three swims, sandwiched around the American record held by Allison Schmitt:

Top 200 freestyles in History:

  1. Federica Pellegrini, ITA (2009 Worlds): 1:52.98
  2. Allison Schmitt, USA (2012 Olympics): 1:53.61
  3. Federica Pellegrini, ITA (2009 Worlds): 1:53.67
  4. Katie Ledecky, USA (2016 Olympics): 1:53.73
  5. Sarah Sjostrom, SWE (2016 Olympics): 1:54.08

Silver medalist Sarah Sjostrom improves her Swedish record, which was previously the 4th-fastest in history. Her new time sits #5.

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Meeee

Should be 4×100 relay for olympic silver

ADSF

Should Ledecky swim preliminary for 4×100 Medley Relay?

Prickle

Why not final? Ledecky and Weitzeil showed practically same time at 100 at first of competition. 50 and Medley relay finals are in the same session.

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