Sarah Sjostrom Sneaks Past Ledecky For Top Seed In 200 Free Semi-Finals

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Women’s 200 Free Semi-Finals:

Both semi-final heats of the women’s 200 free were highlighted by close finishes as swimmers battled for the top finish. Sarah Sjostrom went head-to-head with the USA’s Katie Ledecky and World Record holder Federica Pellegrini in heat two of the semis. Sjostrom and Ledecky exchanged the lead throughout but a strong underwater off the final turn gave Sjostrom a slight edge over Ledecky.

Sjostrom stopped the clock at a 1:54.65 to pick up the first place seed going into tomorrow’s final, while Ledecky settled for second and a 1:54.81.

Pellegrini led through the first turn before fading slightly to third and a time of 1:55.42.

China’s Shen Duo charged ahead of a crowded heat one to finish with a 1:56.03, good for fourth in tomorrow night’s final.

Michelle Coleman of Sweden, who held her own with the likes of Sjostrom and Ledecky, will return tomorrow night as the fifth place seed with a time of 1:56.05.

Australia’s Emma McKeon (1:56.29) and France’s Charlotte Bonnet (1:56.38) return as seventh and eighth respectively.

Click here to view full results from day three finals.

8 Comments

8 comments

  1. Bill Curlee

    Katie will get her tomorrow!?

  2. Tammy Lee

    Only because Katie let her. All she needed to do was get in the finals.

  3. Andrew Webber

    Sorry Katie, not this time. I think Katie is right to drop some distance though, she’s the best swimmer in the world today and women’s long events are just a bit too niche for her skills.

  4. Scott Turner

    Sarah I think. But will be close.

  5. Celeste Patini Donola

    I think Pellegrini wants that gold medal more than ever! We will see.. it’s gonna be an exciting race

  6. avatar
    Nostradamus

    Sarah is a sprinter and Kate a marathon swimmer! A bit to long for a explosive swimmer and a bit to short for a long distance swimmer! Can go either way both have a tough program. I will go for the faster swimmer this time, best in the semifinal(very sure kate wanted to win) and better pb in a distance she never focused on before. Highlight of the day!

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Taylor Brien is the Circulation and Operations Manager at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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