SwimSwam Pulse: Ledecky (39%), Titmus (21%) Lead 200 Free Winner’s Poll

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 winner of the women’s 200 free at 2019 Worlds:


Question: Who will win the women’s 200 free at 2019 Worlds?

Katie Ledecky finished with the most votes, getting almost 40% of the total. However, her vote totals dropped off pretty significantly after Sunday’s 400 free, which she lost to Australian Ariarne TitmusThat was Ledecky’s first international loss in the 400 free.

By contrast, Titmus’s votes surged after Sunday’s performance. She flew up to 21.9%, still a ways back of Ledecky, but clearly outpacing anyone else in our poll.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom finished third in our poll, but like Ledecky, her votes dropped off after a big upset – Sjostrom lost the 100 fly, long her bread and butter, to Canada’s Maggie MacNeil on Monday.

Canada’s Taylor Ruck got 13% of the votes, not far behind Sjostrom. She had a nice 52.1 split on the 4×100 free relay. Australia’s Emma McKeon (53.5 on that 4×100 relay) finished fifth in our poll, followed by defending champ Federica Pellegrini, with swimmers not named taking just 1.4% of the total votes.

Below, vote in our new A3 Performance Pollwhich asks voters for their take on podium protests, like Mack Horton’s refusal to share the podium with Sun Yang at 2019 Worlds:

Should athletes use the podium as a venue for protests, like Mack Horton did?

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3 years ago

About the new poll:
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William Charles Alexander
3 years ago

After seeing what Sjostrom dished up today, and Ledecky’s woeful last 50m on day 1… id wager sjostrom may even scratch the 200 free and ledecky post high 1:55:00, finishing off the podium likely. For mine… Arnie has gotta be a massive favourite: I’m thinking she’ll break 1:54:00 barrier for the first time in her young career– in a similar vain to how she knocked almost a second off her PB in the 400 free.

3 years ago

Titmus, Ruck, McKeon & Pellegrini and top 4 for me. Think the ultimate racer fights her way on to the podium again.

Texas Tap Water
3 years ago

I predict with 99.99% certainty that the result of this poll will be proven wrong in a couple of days

Andy Dwyer
3 years ago

It’s not unlikely that neither Sjöstrom nor Ledecky will end up on the podium. Who would have thought that before? These World Champs are exciting!

Lane 8
3 years ago

Titmus is having a great meet, I think. She will totally win and Ruck takes silver. I won’t be surprised at all if Ledecky gets 5th or 6th.

Justin Thompson
3 years ago

I would say Ruck and Titmus are the favorites at this point.

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