Race Video: Federica Pellegrini Edges Katie Ledecky in 200 Free Final in Budapest

2017 FINA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

World record-holder Federica Pellegrini of Italy won her signature race in Budapest on Wednesday evening, blowing past USA’s Katie Ledecky and Australia’s Emma McKeon over the final 50 meters. It was the seventh consecutive world championship medal-worth performance for the Italian in this event.

Watch the entire race below courtesy of NBC Sports.

Write-up by Loretta Race:

WOMEN’S 200 FREE – FINAL

It looked like a battle between Australian Emma McKeon and American Katie Ledecky, but Italy’s reigning world record holder in this event kicked in another gear the final 25m to overtake them both at the end for gold. Pellegrini registered the only sub-1:55 time of the night, earning a time of 1:54.73 for the sole gold. This marks her 7th consecutive world championships medaling in this event.

In a thrilling battle down the stretch, McKeon and Ledecky wound up tying for silver, marking the American’s first silver in a major international championships. Both of these women were faster last night in 1:54.99 for McKeon and 1:54.69 for Ledecky, but each wound up slamming the touchpad in 1:55.18 for the tie.

Comparative splits for top 3 finishers:

Pellegrini – 56.41/58.32 = 1:54.73
Ledecky – 56.09/59.09 = 1:55.18
McKeon – 55.83/59.35 = 1:55.18

Ledecky has won the women’s 1500m and 400m freestyle, as well as earned gold on the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay. McKeon also has two additional silvers, one from the 100m fly and one as a member of her nation’s 4x100m free relay.

Of note, in 5th place Michigan Wolverine Siobhan Haughey became the first Hong Kong swimmer ever under the 1:56 mark with a final time of 1:55.96, beating her time from Rio.

 

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4 years ago

2004 Athens Olympics 200m Freestyle..

Ledeky = Ian Thorpe
Pellegrini = Pieter van den Hoogenband
Hosszu = Michael Phelps

SWIMGUY12345
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4 years ago

Not really seeing the comparison. Pellegrini is Ian Thorpe since she won. Thorpe wasn’t doing the mile at that point anyway and was more of a mid-distance guy like Pellegrini. Nobody compares to Van den Hoogenband for the women besides Sjostrom maybe. And she wasn’t in the race. Hosszu compares nicely to Phelps. But Phelps won the bronze so idk.

Similar
Reply to  SWIMGUY12345
4 years ago

If Sjostrom was on the race today, I would have gived Sjostrom = Michael Phelps.

Similar
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4 years ago

How about
2008 Beijing Olympics 200m Freestyle

Pellegrini = Agnel
Ledeky = Sun Yang
McKeon = Park Tae Hwan
Hosszu = Ryan Lochte

Better???

Similar
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4 years ago

I got it messed up
I meant 2012 London Olympics 200m Free

Gold Pellegrini = Agnel 200m Free specialist
Silver Ledeky = Sun Yang mid,long-distance freestyler
Silver McKeon = Park Tae Hwan mid-distance freestyler
4th Hosszu = Ryan Lochte IMer

G.I.N.A
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4 years ago

Except McKeon is not a mid distance .

Analyst
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4 years ago

Y u do dis?

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4 years ago

2008 Beijing Olympics 200m Freestyle

Gold Pellegrini = Agnel 200m Free specialist
Silver Ledeky = Sun Yang mid,long-distance freestyler
Silver McKeon = Park Tae Hwan mid-distance freestyler
4th Hosszu = Ryan Lochte IMer

It even matches with the medals

Swimdilara
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4 years ago

Why do we have to ‘man up’ a competition to acknowledge its beauty? No need to compare because they are incomparable, strong and talented athletes. Ledecky is Ledecky she is a legend whose legacy will outlive her lifespan, Pellegrini is Pellegrini the queen of 200 free and Hosszu is, well the Iron Lady. They don’t need male counterparts to legitimize their accomplishments. Please stop downplaying female athletes by comparing them.

Swimdfree
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4 years ago

Gold Pellegrini = Pellegrini
Silver Ledeky = Ledeky
Silver McKeon = McKeon

Thezwimmer
4 years ago

“When she won that world record…”

Billabong
4 years ago

She is the greatest female 200m freestyler of all time.

Dawgpaddle
Reply to  Billabong
4 years ago

Looks manly

Lane four
Reply to  Dawgpaddle
4 years ago

Are you blind? She is beautiful.

G.I.N.A
Reply to  Lane four
4 years ago

She’s got men ticked off on a little card in a locket .

Ab Ramirez
4 years ago

Race video (italian tv) not geoblocked
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5uxama

Prickle
4 years ago

I’m glad that it was Federica but not someone else who won the race against Katie Ledecky.
She was that close to the world title in Barcelona and almost caught Franklin at the end of the race. It was Franklin’s best ever and the only time under 1:55.
Then in Kazan she raced Franklin again and got beaten her but missed Ledecky who overtouched her by 0.16 sec
And finally she got it.

luigi
4 years ago

Lionesses stalk, then pounce and kill. This is what Federica did today.

Prickle
Reply to  luigi
4 years ago

It is not only that Ledecky swam slowest ever last fifty in major finals, but it is also that Federica swam her second best ever time in textile. That is what she did today.

Mikeh
4 years ago

I am starting to have my doubts about Greg Meehan. Not that he cares a whit what some random internet person thinks, however Katie’s times have been dominant but a trifle off so far here at Worlds. Looking back a few months, at NCAAs she had a brilliant 500, but was slower than Conference in the 200 and 1650. So what is going on? Perhaps overtraining, the bane of collegiate swimming? Hard training combined with long hours studying along with less regular sleep?

James
Reply to  Mikeh
4 years ago

Or it could just be that she has reached her peak speed, or her body has gradually changed, or just this it is still an “off year” for major swimming. Look at Janet Evans; she swam her 800 world record in 1989 before she was really even starting into her NCAA career. She never swam faster, even though she remained dominant for years after.

Mikeh
Reply to  James
4 years ago

That’s a good thought. I think Janet Evans had a less stable situation in college as I recall. That probably contributed to her slowdown. From he outside Ledecky’s situation seems stable. But she is slower ever so slightly.

Megan should ask hard questions why that might be. By 2020 the competition in the 400 will be faster and their is not much room to spare.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Nuuuuuuuuuuuuu Ledecky……….

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