Can Anyone Have The Last Lap With Ledecky?

Mantle passing: Katie Ledecky and Kate Ziegler [Photo: Mike Comer/ProSwim Visuals]

The 15th FINA World Championships get underway on July 28. Eight days of blistering battle in Barcelona loom large. It may be post-Olympic year but the season form guide suggests that we’re in for a thriller. Over eight days, SwimVortex.com is rolling out previews for the 40 pool events. Today, the realm of Sun Yang and Katie Ledecky

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The 15th FINA World Championships get underway on July 28. Eight days of blistering battle in Barcelona loom large. It may be post-Olympic year but the season form guide suggests that we’re in for a thriller. Over eight days, SwimVortex.com is rolling out previews for the 40 pool events. Today, the realm of Sun Yang and Katie Ledecky

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Lane Four

Katie may be a heavy favorite, but I learned to never underestimate an opponent. I would love to know just where Katie WAS in her training at World Trials. If I knew for certain where she was, then I would be a little more secure. Still, she may have just begun her rest phase seeing that she was faster a couple months earlier at Grand Prix meets. Anyone know????

Jack

Katie Ledecky should win this. The intrigue become behind her. I see Boyle, Carlin, Friis, Kapas and Belmonte-Garcia in a real tough battle. Kapas in the one going under the radar. 8.23 last year and has broken the Hungarian 400m record this year already. I think Carlin, Boyle, Friis, Belmonte-Garcia and Kapas can all go below 8.20 but not by much, 8.18/8.19ish.

My prediction…

1. Ledecky
2. Boyle
3. Belmonte-Garcia
4. Kapas
5. Carlin
6. Friis
7. Pinto
8. Sutton

beachmouse

The rumor mill had Ledecky doing 5K training sets between morning and evening sessions in Indianapolis. Take that rumor as you may.

John

I’m not sure how Ledecky is an “easy frontrunner” in the 1500, being only 0.1 faster than Carlin….
Another Brit…. Sarah Hardcastle …….. 8:24 a third of a century ago!! She’d still be in the discussion today. In fact, a lot of the old ones would probably beat today’s field incl. Ledecky, if they had modern suits and the tech backup.

min

i think belmonte can swim much more fast in 800 what she did it in london. the last year she trained for 400 medley , her trainer said she can swim down 4.30 but she failed…This year she focus in freestyle and when she swam spanish meeting had only two months training by problems with her old team. Clearly when se had those marks was not 100 per cent . the belmonte´s problem is that she trains too many styles… medley, butterfly, freestyle and she is going to swim seven races in barcelona and she is among top 8 of all..she would swim seven heats, seven semifnals an seven finals…in my opinion she should focus on the butterfly and freestyle leaving medley

Lane Four

John, the three female distance swimmers who come to my mind who could have been a problem for Katie had they been swimming today with the modern suits, different training and the tech backup would be Tracey Wickham, Kim Linehan and Janet Evans. Perhaps Tiffany Cohen. But what a 400 race that would have been between Wickham and Ledecky. Evans and Ledecky in the 800 would have been monstrous.

aswimfan

Wickham’s 4:06.28 was really crazy..it was the world championships record for 30 years until Manadou broke it in 2007.

Yes, give Wickham current training, modern suit and technique, and she’ll blast Ledecky in the 400.

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