Katie Ledecky Lowers 400 Free Championship Record at World Champs

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Women’s 400 Free FINAL

In true Katie Ledecky fashion, the American distance ace continued to chop away at records and swim away from the competition in finals of the women’s 400 free. Ledecky, the reigning Olympic gold medalist, lowered her championship record from prelims down to a 3:58.34, just under two seconds off her world record time of 3:56.46.

Fellow distance queen Leah Smith of the USA held off the remaining field, picking up second with a time of 4:01.54. China’s Li Bingjie completed the top three qualifiers with a time of 4:03.25.

The fourth place seed was picked up by Australia’s Ariarne Titmus, who equaled her prelims swim of 4:04.26. That time stands as an Australian age group record for 16 year olds.

The Hungarian duo of Boglarka Kapas and Ajna Kesely finished fifth and sixth with times of 4:04.77 and 4:05.75 respectively.

China’s Zhang Yuhan and Russia’s Veronica Popova completed the top eight with times of 4:06.03 and 4:07.59.

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  1. Dilek Newlon

    Incredible swim but I bet she was disappointed with her time.

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    I was a bit surprised by Ledecky’s times (including her relay split). They were on a par with her times from the US trials where she was unrested. If her form is similar in the 200m she will be seriously tested. The 1500 and 800 won’t be a problem but she is lacking speed. I think that 400m might have been her 10th time under 4 minutes which is an incredible achievement.

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      Katie always starts of meets slow…and thats fast for anyone else….shes going to crush…shes looking for that 200m world record….lets just wait and see..lol

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    Bill Bell

    Smart swim. Y kill yourself when not necessary and you’ve got 800/ mile plus 800 free left?

    Object is to get to wall first and that’s what she did and will do for them rest of meet.