Federica Pellegrini Shocks Katie Ledecky For Seventh 200 Free Medal – Race Video

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They say anything can happen on any given day. They say any person can be beat on any given day. Even if that means the unstoppable Katie Ledecky. On Wednesday night at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, Ledecky was dealt her first loss in a major meet in the 200 free to Federica Pellegrini of Italy.

The Italian world record holder shocked the field after her stellar last 50 with a 28.82 on the last 50 to win the 200 final with a 1:54.73. Pellegrini has now medaled at seven straight World Championships in the 200 free dating all the way back to 2005. She adds to the gold medals she won in 2009 and 2011.

Pellegrini out swam Katie Ledecky and Emma McKeon who tied for second at 1:55.18. It is McKeon’s third medal of the meet.

Russia’s Veronika Popova (1:55.26), Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey (1:55.96), USA’s Leah Smith (1:56.06), Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu (1:56.35) and France’s Charlotte Bonnet (1:56.62) also swam in the A-final.

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12 Comments

12 comments

    • avatar
      Giulia

      *_*

  1. Hoang Le

    Metella 47.65, Dressel 47.66, Adrian 47.85, Mcevoy 47.95….What a semi final !!!
    Can’t wait 100free final tomorrow

  2. avatar

    Great job by all; but why would it be shocking considering she holds the world record in the event?

    • avatar
      Rios

      She is 28, also do you see the race?

    • avatar
      Andy Ross

      She has not won a major race since 2011

  3. avatar
    Giulia

    It you don’t know the entire pathway of Federica you don’t understand. She is 28, but it’s not the only reason. Katie is one of the best ever but Federica swimming on the top from 2004 (when she was a 16 year older). Federica is the best swimmer ever in Italy and maybe the best swimmer ever in the world. (Sorry for my English. I’m italian and a super fan). What a race. My Gosh…what a race. The extraordinary power of Federica was amazing. Fiuuh!
    Federica Pellegrini is our legend, Our “fenix”.
    Anyway, good job Katie. You’re amazing…but today Federica a little bit more.
    Go Italy! Congrats to Gabriele Detti for the gold medal of tonight and to Greg Paltrinieri for the bronze medal !
    Giulia

  4. avatar
    Chris

    I’m Italian too and very happy for the gold medal of Pellegrini. Honestly I do think that the WR made by her is not meaningful. . That competition was hel in 2009 with (now) illegal swimsuit. The PB of Federica with legal swimsuit is 1:54,5. All in all I do think that she is a good swimmer, also that Ledecky is exaggerating with too many competitions; in case the American focuses on 200 there won’t be any match.

  5. avatar
    Eileen Herbert

    How many events is Pellegrini swimming at this meet compared to Katie Ledecky ? Maybe there is a reason that women do not swim the 1500 m in the Olympics . Maybe even Katie cannot swim all the events she wants to in such a short period of time.

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