Watch Ledecky win 200 Free at 2015 World Championships – RACE VIDEO

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2013 World Champion: Missy Franklin, USA – 1:54.81
World Record: 1:52.98 – Federica Pellegrini, ITA – 2009
Championship Record: 1:52.98 – Federica Pellegrini, ITA – 2009

GOLD: Katie Ledecky, USA – 1:55.16
SILVER: Federica Pellegrini, ITA – 1:55.32
BRONZE: Missy Franklin, USA – 1:55.49

Katie Ledecky continues to impress every time she dives in the water. Ledecky hammered through the second half of her 200 freestyle to pull out the win and take home another gold medal. She touched the wall first with a time of 1:55.16, finishing just ahead of the silver medalist and world record holder, Federica Pellegrini. Pellegrini touched second with a 1:55.32. The 2013 World Champion, Missy Franklin, earned the bronze medal with her time of 1:55.49.

The entire podium finished under 1:56, while the rest of the field remained above the barrier. Russia’s Veronika Popova just missed the podium, finishing in fourth at 1:56.16.
Katinka Hosszu (HUN), Shen Duo (CHN), Emma McKeon (AUS), and Femke Heemskerk (NED) all finished fifth through eighth, respectively, with 1:56’s.

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i would love to see the post race!


That is such a great race…and to think Ledecky is what, 18 years old? And she is the only one in the field in the final doing the 400, 800 and 1,500 in the SAME MEET?!? While I think this swim is great, I have to use my imagination as to how fast she really could be in this race if this was one of the only races she swam in the week. Maybe towards the back 9 of her career, she takes out her 1,500 in favor of rest, and sees if she can get down to the 200 free record. She has the 400, 800 and 1,500 world records already. I have to imagine she’ll want to lower… Read more »

Joel Lin

It’s all the Ledecky family decision now for their best interests — but, two cents worth here:

Go pro now. This is the zenith. This is the peak. Tomorrow and health are promised to nobody b

About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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