Federica Pellegrini Edges Out Katie Ledecky for 200 Free Top Seed at Worlds

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Italy’s Federica Pellegrini, the 2009 and 2011 World Champion in the women’s 200 free as well as the world record-holder, laid down the time to beat in the event’s morning prelims. She came in at 1:56.07 to finish two tenths ahead of Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky.

Ledecky, already a winner in Budapest in the 400 free, qualified second in 1:56.27, and hometown favorite Katinka Hosszu qualified third in 1:56.43. Australia’s Emma McKeon, the 100 fly silver medalist, and Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey both broke 1:57 as well, finishing with respective times of 1:56.61 and 1:56.62.

American Leah Smith took sixth in 1:57.04, and she was followed closely by the Netherlands’ Femke Heemskerk (1:57.06), Russia’s Veronika Popova (1:57.06), Sweden’s Michelle Coleman (1:57.15) and France’s Charlotte Bonnet (1:57.34).

Also making the semi-finals were Japan’s Chihiro Igarashi (1:57.67), China’s Li Bingjie (1:57.79) and Ai Yanhan (1:58.04), Canada’s Katerine Savard (1:58.16) and Mary-Sophie Harvey (1:58.38) and the Netherlands’ Robin Neumann (1:58.66).




  1. Doug Newman

    Zachary Jones Aaron Wands

  2. Keri Sullivan

    Top seed for the semi finals – theses aren’t the results for the finals – misleading

    • Eric Smith

      Agreed, misleading…trying to build some excitement for the readers. We’ll see how close Pellegrini is when it counts.

    • Keri Sullivan

      Eric Smith exactly! The rule is usually swim fast enough to make it to the semi, then fast enough to make it to the finals, then win!!! Should be a good race either way and even if she gets beat out for the top place finish she’s still amazing

  3. Regina Clavin

    Katie will win the final.