SwimSwam Pulse is a recurring feature tracking and analyzing the results of our periodic A3 Performance Polls. You can cast your vote in our newest poll on the SwimSwam homepage, about halfway down the page on the right side, or you can find the poll embedded at the bottom of this post.
Our most recent poll asked SwimSwam readers to pick the best female swimmer through the first two days of competition in Rio:
Question: best women’s swimmer through 2 days:
More than half of voters picked Katie Ledecky as the early female swimmer of the meet choice.
Through 2 days of competition, Ledecky had one gold and one silver medal, having won the 400 free in an amazing new world record and having swum two clutch legs on the American 4×100 free relay.
Ledecky would go on to win a hotly-contested 200 free on day 4, plus the 4×200 free relay on day 5. She now has three golds and a silver with one world record and one individual event remaining (the 800 free, which could yield another WR and gold medal).
Hosszu pulled 40% of the vote, coming off of her insane 400 IM world record. Through two days, she had also swum through semifinals of the 100 back, qualifying 2nd. She would go on to win the event on day 3.
Hosszu also won the 200 IM later in the meet and now leads all women with 3 individual golds. She still has the 200 backstroke coming.
For as dominant as Sjostrom was in the 100 fly, she only earned 4.7% of the early votes. She set a new world record in crushing the field in that event, and has followed it up with a silver medal in the 200 free. She’ll swim for a 100 free medal tonight and could fight for another in the medley relay on day 8.
Below, vote in our new A3 Performance Poll, which asks voters who Team USA should have used on its 4×200 free relay in the medal final:
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