Race Video: Katie Ledecky Blasts 4:01 in 400 Free to Win 3rd Gold

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Katie Ledecky snagged her third title of the meet with a winning 400-meter free at the Arena Pro Swim Series Mesa.

Ledecky unleashed a winning time of 4:01.95 as she won by more than eight seconds.  That swim is off her world-best time of 4:00.47 from the Austin stop of the Arena Pro Swim Series, but still is her sixth-fastest time all time.

Ledecky has already won the 200 free and 1500 free, and will be looking for more in the 800 free tomorrow.

This morning, Ledecky and Michael Phelps tied each other in the 400-meter free with matching 4:02.67s.  The two joked a possible swimoff in the post-race interview as Phelps was up in the broadcast booth.

NBAC’s Lotte Friis took second in 4:10.34 with teammate Allison Schmitt earning third in 4:13.21.

Vien Nguyen picked up fourth overall in 4:15.08, while Chile’s Kristel Kobrich posted a fifth-place 4:16.74.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu (4:17.45), Gator’s Elizabeth Beisel (4:19.86) and The FISH’s Madelyn Donohoe (4:22.09) also competed for the title tonight.

Patricia Castro Ortega, fresh off a strong NCAA season with Queens of Charlotte, took the B final in 4:16.75.  Bonnie Brandon wound up second in 4:19.02.

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Author: Jason Marsteller

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Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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