Analysis W200 Freestyle: Katie Ledecky Sets The Distance Cat Among The Sprint Pigeons

Katie Ledecky put the distant cat among the sprint pigeons - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Katie Ledecky was the distance cat among sprint pigeons, none of whom had the form or nerve on the day to do what Allison Schmitt did in 2012: get out in 55 low. Any 56 100m turn was not going to be able to cope with Ledecky’s finish. Femke Heemskerk was alone just inside 56 and could not bring it home; the writing was on the end wall

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Katie Ledecky was the distance cat among sprint pigeons, none of whom had the form or nerve on the day to do what Allison Schmitt did in 2012: get out in 55 low. Any 56 100m turn was not going to be able to cope with Ledecky’s finish. Femke Heemskerk was alone just inside 56 and could not bring it home; the writing was on the end wall

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