Wang Jianjiahe Wins World Title in 800 Free

Photo Courtesy: FINA

Women’s 800 Freestyle

Wang Jianjiahe of China sailed to an early lead in front of a home crowd in the 800 free. She won the World Title in 8:04.35, nearly four seconds ahead of her fellow medalists.

Italy’s Simona Quadarella and the United States’ Leah Smith swam within tenths of each other for most of the 800. Despite a strong final 50 meters from Smith, Quadarella won the silver in 8:08.03 ahead of Smith in bronze with a 8:08.75.

Smith(On winning bronze after taking gold two years ago): “Two years ago was really fun winning and it was really fun to represent my country, so I definitely wanted to go again this year. This year the competition has been really awesome. I actually went faster than my time to win two years ago, which is exciting for me. The competition was great and it’s great to race against China’s best in their home country.”

Another Chinese woman, Li Bingjie finished fourth in 8:09.81. Fifth went to Sarah Kohler of Germany in 8:10.54. Russia’s Anna Egorova (8:12.65), American Haley Anderson (8:18.70) and Japan’s Mayuko Goto (8:22.10) rounded out the top heat.

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