Video Interview: Cierra Runge Swims Next to World Record-Setter

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Editorial coverage for U.S. Senior Nationals proudly sponsored by Master Spas!

IRVINE, California, August 9. WHILE Katie Ledecky set the pool at Woollett Aquatic Center on fire with her world record in the women’s 400 free, Cierra Runge quietly went about her business behind her. Runge ended up finishing second in an outstanding 4:04.67, good for eighth in the world this year and comfortably ahead of Leah Smith. Runge talked to Swimming World afterwards about her thoughts on the time, how the crowd affected her race, and the impact of swimming next to a world record.

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Author: David Rieder

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David Rieder has been a contributor to Swimming World since 2009. With Swimming World, he has covered NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University. He has previously interned for WCBD News 2 and ESPN New York.

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