No World Record? Not A Disappointment For Katie Ledecky (SW Radio)

Apr 15, 2015; Mesa, AZ, USA; Katie Ledecky warms up for the Women's 1500 LC meter freestyle prelim during the 2015 Arena Pro Swim Series at the Skyline Aquatic Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher/Arizona Republic via USA TODAY Sports
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Not breaking the world record in the 400 freestyle at the FINA world championships did not discourage Katie Ledecky. She knows that part of the process of improving in swimming means best times will not happen in every race, despite the effort you put into it.

“Maybe I disappointed you guys, but it doesn’t disappoint me,” she told reporters minutes after posting a 3:59.13 in the final, her third-fastest performance ever to give her the three fastest in history. She did admit, however, that she expected that the effort she put into it would have resulted in a world record.

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Ledecky was out in a blistering 57.04 at 100 meters in the final, which was faster than she split this morning in what she called an adrenaline-fueled prelim swim. She said her coach, Bruce Gemmell, advised her to be aggressive on the opening 100, but do it in a controlled manner. Her gut reaction to the pacing of the race – including a 1:57.13 at 200 meters – makes her excited to make her world championship debut in the 200 freestyle in a couple of days.


  1. Tammy Lee

    She was still under 4:00 so awesome swim.

  2. Simon Morley

    As good as it was, tactically I think she/ her coaching team got it wrong. She’s a tough woman, and that’s all her last 100 was. He was dead. But congrats, she’ll work on her tactics before Rio and get the record there for sure.