Will Ledecky Reclaim her 200 Free World Title? GMM presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

Everyone knows that in the 400 freestyle and up Olympic and World Champion Katie Ledecky is essentially untouchable.  The 200 freestyle, however, isn’t a sure bet.

At the 2014 Pan Pacs, 2015 World Championships and 2016 Olympic Games, Ledecky claimed 200 free gold. At the 2017 World Championships Federica Pellegrini edged her. Ledecky tied for silver with Australia’s Emma McKeon.  At the 2018 Pan Pacs, Ledecky took the bronze behind Canada’s Taylor Ruck (1:54.44) and Japan’s Rikako Ikee (1:54.85).  Ledecky swam a 1:55.15. Her PB is 1:53.73 from the Rio Games.

At 2019 World Championships, the 200 free final is clear of Ledecky’s distance events. With an open day for the 200 free final, I think we will see a return to the 1:53s, and I think that will be enough to win…which puts me out of  alignment with the Swim Nerds at SwimSwam. See their Worlds Preview 200 Free TOP PICKS here. 

2019 World Championships – Women’s 200 Free Predictions:

Katie Ledecky – 1:53.29 – gold

Sarah Sjostrom – 1:53.89 – silver

Ariarne Titmus – 1:54.09 – bronze

But who cares what I think. What do you think?

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This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com. Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of SwimSwam.com, a Swimming News website.

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1 year ago

Think the Aussies will be on here shortly…

Coach Mike 1952
1 year ago

Uncertain on the predictri0ons – simply because the 200 Free will be a dogfight all the way. Further, Taylor Ruck may surprise everyone too for a podium spot. We shall see! And soon!

Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
1 year ago

The way Taylor Ruck’s been improving over the last couple of years, I’m not sure if it would be that much of a surprise.

Jim C
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
1 year ago

Not everyone. Swimswam predicted a podium finish for Taylor Ruck–but James Sutherland will be surprised if Ledecky makes the podium. Ledecky might surprise him.

1 year ago

I think Titmus. For second Ledeczky and Ruck.

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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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