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

David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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