Women’s 200 Free Will Have Last Three Olympic Champions Converge For First Time

WOMEN’S 200 FREE FINAL

1. Katie Ledecky (NCAP), 1:55.11
2. Allison Schmitt (SUN), 1:56.79
3. Paige Madden (UVA), 1:56.80
4. Katie McLaughlin (CAL), 1:57.16
5. Bella Sims (SAND), 1:57.53
6. Brooke Forde (LAK), 1:57.86

Katie Ledecky and Allison Schmitt have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in the women’s 200 freestyle after finishing 1-2 in the event at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Ledecky will try to defend her Olympic gold medal won in Rio five years ago. As for Schmitt, she will return to swim the event at the Olympics. She swam the event in 2008, in Beijing, and in 2012, in London, when she won the gold medal and set the current American record. In 2016, she make the Olympic team, but as a relay-only swimmer.

Since Italian Federica Pellegrini, the winner of the gold medal in 2008, will also compete in Tokyo, we will see the last three Olympic champions in the event face each other. In fact, it is the first time in history that an individual swimming event will see its last three Olympic champions competing on the Olympic stage.

The most past Olympic champions we have seen in the same race was two. It is not frequent, but it is not that rare either. For example, in 2016, Sun Yang, the 2012 champion, and Tae-Hwan Park, the 2008 gold medalist, competed in the men’s 400 free. Missy Franklin and Kirsty Coventry, the two most recent Olympic champions in the women’s 200 back at that time, faced each other.

But never before we have seen three Olympic champions of the same individual event compete against each other in this event on the Olympic stage. Pellegrini, Schmitt and Ledecky are already swimming legends. It will not be an easy task for any of them winning the gold medal again in the event, since they will be challenged by fierce competitors like Australians Ariarne Titmus and Emma McKeon. That’s why the women’s 200 free must be one of the most exciting races of the Tokyo Olympics.

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N P
3 months ago

And we’re almost certain to see a new Olympic champion crowned as long as Arnie is anywhere close to her time.

Beach bum jason
Reply to  N P
3 months ago

Typical swimswam fan. Always rooting for the up and comers while having no loyalty for rooting for different range of veterans who have done great things for the sport. Always out with the old and in with the new with you people. So sad.

Joris Bohnson
Reply to  Beach bum jason
3 months ago

The terminatah will crush them

M d e
Reply to  Beach bum jason
3 months ago

Ariarne swam almost a second faster than Ledeckys best ever swim at the peak meet of her career.

Titmus has to swim poorly for Ledecky to win the 2

JimSwim22
Reply to  Beach bum jason
3 months ago

I’m pretty sure they’re are many many who will be cheering for a KL repeat win.

TBIRD
Reply to  Beach bum jason
3 months ago

Even in the game of chess one cannot avoid the cycle of prgress and decline. Acknowledge those having achieved being the best, but also celebrate those on the way to being the best. Nothing to do with loyalty.

Last edited 3 months ago by TBIRD
SwamFly
3 months ago

An ironically an Aussie with no previous Olympic golds shall probably win!

Best of luck to all of course!

Beach bum jason
Reply to  SwamFly
3 months ago

Typical swimswam fan. Always rooting for the up and comers while having no loyalty for rooting for different range of veterans who have done great things for the sport. Always out with the old and in with the new with you people. So sad.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Beach bum jason
3 months ago

u did a beautiful copy-past comment here ….what’s the reason for that ? LOL🤪

WahooSwimFan
Reply to  SwamFly
3 months ago

My moneys on Pelligrini

He said what?
Reply to  WahooSwimFan
3 months ago

I hope so. Let the Queen retire at the top,

Tyson
Reply to  He said what?
3 months ago

Let? You have to earn the win not just have it given to you.

Ferb
3 months ago

In 2016, the men’s 100 fly & 200 IM both had the previous three champions competing (Michael Phelps).

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Ferb
3 months ago

thats not a head to head. the article is pointing out that the w200 free will have 3 lanes filled with previous olympic champs in the event.

Megbert
Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
3 months ago

technically the title doesn’t word it that way, so I give Ferb the W

Dressel will come 3rd in 100 free
Reply to  Ferb
3 months ago

I was gonna make this comment as well.

Joris Bohnson
Reply to  Dressel will come 3rd in 100 free
3 months ago

I love your username haha, Chalmers > Dressel

Joris Bohnson
Reply to  Ferb
3 months ago

GOAT , and if someone breaks his 400 IM WR , it then took 3 great swimmers to take down a single man (Milak, Dressel, and Seto maybe?)

Jack
Reply to  Joris Bohnson
2 months ago

And Lochte and Beidermann as well. He unified 5 WR’s that are now held by 5 different swimmers.

Brien
3 months ago

2016 200m fly for men is another one that had 2 champions. 2016 200IM had the last Olympic gold medals, but they were all Phelps 🙂

jim
3 months ago

Did past champions ever face each other in more than one event before 2016?

Tttttt
3 months ago

And they will all be beaten by the Aussie Titmus

Beach bum jason
Reply to  Tttttt
3 months ago

Typical swimswam fan. Always rooting for the up and comers while having no loyalty for rooting for different range of veterans who have done great things for the sport. Always out with the old and in with the new with you people. So sad.

Tyson
Reply to  Beach bum jason
3 months ago

Just shut up it’s good to see the diversity in the sport let people support who they want to support

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Beach bum jason
3 months ago

Diversity in the sport is what makes it evolve …..and new Rivalries . How can u not see it yet is beyond many of the passionate fans here .

dude
Reply to  Tttttt
3 months ago

Maybe. The Aussies are good at blowing it based on recent memory. Could be all the pressure dumped on them by their country.

Philip Johnson
Reply to  Tttttt
3 months ago

Most likely. However, there are famous examples of Australians being heavy favorites in individual events and then not delivering in the final.

Joris Bohnson
Reply to  Tttttt
3 months ago

***Ariarne « the terminator » Titmus

AnEn
3 months ago

Could happen again in 2024, we need one of the following things to happen:
a) Someone other than Kromowidjojo/Blume winning the 50 free this time and the new olympic champion + Kromowidjojo + Blume coming back in 3 years
b) Someone other than Kromowidjojo/Manuel/Oleksiak winning the 100 free this time and the new olympic champion + Kromowidjojo + Manuel or Oleksiak coming back in 3 years

swim4fun
Reply to  AnEn
3 months ago

could happen this year in 100 free if both Manuel and Oleksiak qualify: Kromowidjojo/Manuel/Oleksiak. The title only says last 3 olympic champions 🙂