Can Federica Pellegrini Knock It For Six In Tilt At Worlds 200 Free Podium A Decade On?

Federica Pellegrini (ITA) by Patrick B. Kraemer

When Federica Pellegrini took to her blocks this morning in Riccione, the 400m was a means to an historic end: if she makes the 200m free podium in Kazan at World Championships this August the Italian will become the first swimmer in history to win a medal in the same event at no fewer that six global long-course championships

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When Federica Pellegrini took to her blocks this morning in Riccione, the 400m was a means to an historic end: if she makes the 200m free podium in Kazan at World Championships this August the Italian will become the first swimmer in history to win a medal in the same event at no fewer that six global long-course championships

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Aussieswimfan

Also Grant Hackett – 400 free 1998-2007 – 1 gold 4 silvers

Craig Lord

Quite so, ASF – in there, the one you imagine to be there, the 1500 missing one from the list, 2007 , the shoulder and all that…

Crannman

Would be awesome to see but I can’t see Federica being able to get under 1:55 at this point , and I believe the race will be between Ledecky , Franklin and Heemskerk, with Missy going a 1:53. something , and at the Olympics pushing to get Pellegrinis world record , although that is still a ways off..

aswimfan

Pellegrini may find out that Kazan is the toughest 200 free race she’s ever been in (although she didn’t medal in London, she should have won bronze as Bronte swam 1:55.8, a time that Pellegrini should have bettered).

Ledecky, Missy, Heemskerk, McKeon, ….and … Sjostrom (if she swims it). It may take a faster time than Pellegrini did in Beijing with LZR just to win bronze in Kazan. Crazy stuff.

roy

if sarah sjostrom swims the 200 freestyle and takes it seriously she,ll blow everyone away.

Bad Anon

Yes she can. she is a very experienced racer will be close to under 1.55 at her best. its rare to have 3 swimmers under 1.55. Beijing came close, medalists separated by just 0.20sec, Pellegrini 1.54.82, Isakovic 1.54.97 Pang 1.55.05. Under pressure one of the big names will buckle just like Pellegrini herself in the 400free in Beijing. My prediction
1.Franklin 1.54.5
2.Ledecky 1.55.0
3.Pellegrini 1.55.1
4.Hemskerk 1.55.3

Pvdh

Sjostrom is no better than franklin and ledecky in the 200. And we haven’t seen what ledecky can do this year. She now ha a 54.5 100 free (which came in season). She can probably go sub 54 at peak this year. Sjostrom can’t live with that speed and endurance, not to mention against the best freestyler in the world.

Bad Anon

Its doubtful Sjostrom will take up 200free. 100fly and 100free will be her best bet. Einstein mirrors Libby Trickett and Natalie Coughlin, swimmers who could swim a mean 200free but never raced it individually because of its cost on their prime events. For Franklin, 200free was a wasted effort, swimming 200free probably cost her a world record in the 100back

Bad Anon

*Sjostrom mirrors

Bad Anon

Referring to Franklin swimming 3 rounds of 200free at the London Olympics while where she missed a medal and probably missed 100back wr as a result

roy

bad anon i can only see emily seebohm breaking the world record in the 100 backstroke.the is the swimmer that has gone sub 59 the most so if anyone is going to break the world record it,s likely going to be her. pvdh sarah sjostrom is already a sub 53 swimmer in the 100 free and she had the fastest split of a relay start in the 200 free last year with a time of 1:53.she also broke pellegrini,s short course 200 meters world record last december with a time of 1:51 mid. she swam a 4:06 in the 400 free last year with minimal training.sjostrom is the ultimate speed endurace swimmer.ledecky is mostly endurace but she has some speed.

roy

bad anon i can only see emily seebohm breaking the world record in the 100 backstroke.the is the swimmer that has gone sub 59 the most so if anyone is going to break the world record it,s likely going to be her. pvdh sarah sjostrom is already a sub 53 swimmer in the 100 free and she had the fastest split of a relay start in the 200 free last year with a time of 1:53.she also broke pellegrini,s short course 200 meters world record last december with a time of 1:51 mid. she swam a 4:06 in the 400 free last year with minimal training,she has only swam the 400 free three times in her career.sjostrom is the ultimate speed endurace swimmer.ledecky is mostly endurace but she has some speed.

Craig Lord

roy, not ‘minimal training’, you mean race-specific prep, perhaps… Sarah’s been training as an elite athlete since she was a young kid.

roy

i agree with you craig lord, sjostrom,s coach thinks she can go faster in the 400 free,i can see her goining 3,59 to 4:00 if she takes it seriously but according to her coach she hates longer distance races.her previous best time before that 4:06 time was a 4:12 which is a 6 second drop.

roy

sorry i made a mistake, sjostrom broke the short course 200 meters free world record last december with a time of 1:50:78 not (1:51 mid).

Bad Anon

I dnt see anyone going sub, 4.00 in 400free. Ledecky is comfortably ahead of the rest. 4.04 heats 4.00flat for gold and save up for the 200free. Pellegrini off pace 400free at her home trials finishing 3rd in 4.08. Not really worried, if she can go 1.57low or better she’ll make the Italian team

aswimfan

Given the right circumstances, I think Sjostrom can go 1:54 low or even under. This is a girl who swim 52.7 and 4:06
she could split 56-58 in my opinion.

The problem is, to do that at Worlds or the Olympics, not only she has to swim fast in three rounds of 200 free, and she also has to go through 3 rounds of 50 free and 3 rounds of 100 free/fly as well as relays.
Not easy at all.

Bad Anon

If 200m events were heats to finals like the commomwealth games it’d be easier for the likes of lochte, hosszu, belmonte, etal

pvdh

3:58 in the 400 and 54 in the 100 is better than 52.7 in the 100 and 4:06 in the 400. Sjostrom did go a 1:53.6, but Ledecky split a 1:54.3 at pan pacs. And thats with 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, and 1500m swims in that schedule. Not just 50 flys and 100 flys. Also, in that race, Ledecky was already ahead at the 100 and only pushed it to what was necessary, because of all those other taxing swims she had left. Sjostrom was in the middle of that relay swimming for her life because of how bad the anchor was

roy

pvdh 54 in the 100 is not better than 52.7. i can see sjostrom going a 4:00 flat or 4:01 in the 400 free and also ledecky has swum the 100 free more times than sjostrom has swum the 400 free. if pellegrini could go 4:01 in the 400 free(textile) in her prime then sjostrom can match that or even go faster

pvdh

I did not say 54 was better than 52.7…I said 3:58 in the 400 and 54 in the 100 free overall is better than 52.7 and 4:06 overall. And you are out of your mind claiming that SJostrom could go 4:00. Do you know how many swimmers in history have gone 4:00 in textile? It’s 1, and ill let you take a guess at who that is. of course ledecky has swum the 100 more than sjostrom has swum the 400… the 100 is the most common distance in swimming. And by the way, sjostrom did the 400 at her peak last year, it did not go so well. You saying sjostrom could beat pellegrini in the 400, both at peak, is like saying Phelps could bean Thorpe in the 400 free at peak. Illogical.

roy

sjostrom did it at her peak but she just swam it as one extra race,she didn,t take it seriously.she has not even swum the 400 free since last year when she went 4:06.she doesn,t even swim the 200 free on a regular basis but when she does,s she,s very fast.yes only ledecky has gone 4:00 flat in the 400 free in textile but that doesn,t mean that another swimmer can,t do it. it,s like saying that just because ledecky has not gone sub 53 in the 100 free,therefore it means that she can,t do it or just because sjostrom has not gone 4:00 flat in the 400 free doesn,t mean that she can,t do it.

roy

also when sjostrom broke pellegrini,s 200 free short course world record last december with a 1:50:78,it was one of the few times she has swum the 200 free in short course. her closing split was crazy.i think she made up a deficit of a second and flew past katinka hosszu in the last 50 meters.

pvdh

short course is much different that long course. Underwaters are muuuuuch more impactful in shortcourse. And since Sjostrom is the top butterflyer in the world, she is naturally good underwater

aswimfan

PVdh,

At her start (600m), Ledecky was almost 2 seconds behind Australia:
5:52 to Australia’s 5:50
and even after 100, she was just 0.1 ahead of Melanie Schlanger:
6:47.54 to 6:47.64

So clearly Ledecky had to work really hard to come from behind and was not coasting 100m before finish.

I am confident Ledecky will be 1:54 this summer, but so will Sjostrom if she’s really serious with the 200.

Luigi

I read an article on this very site saying Sjostrom wont swim the 200 in order to save energy. Which is too bad because she could beat anyone in the riight circumstances.

As for Federica: I have been saying time and again for 2 years now that she is too old to medal in the 200. But then Heemskerk, one year her senior, swims best times at 27. So who knows? She has recently changed training and trainers and it is yet to be seen if the move paid off.

Craig Lord

Quite, Luigi – the race is never over until its over… 🙂

Yozhik

roy, despite it is senseless to compare Ledecky and Sjostrom the pvdh’s arguments look more reasonable to me. We are all lucky to witness such great swimmers and Sarah’s talent is no way is lesser or greater than Katie’s. But when she started saying publicly that she hates middle distances and uses it as excuse I am personally starting to hate her for saying that. She has a great deal of time ahead in her career as sprinter. Then focus on middle distances for a season or two while you are in power. If you are so capable, then do it. What’s stop you? And the answer is so simple – it is too hard. Sjostrom’s 4:06 is very impressive for the sprinter of her caliber. But how far she can go below that you won’t know and nobody will. Because she will never do it for the reason stated above. How often have you seen Ledecky smiling after finishing her best races since London? After spectacular 800m relay it took her more than a minute to start responding to congrets from her teammates. And look at Sarah’s wide smile after 25 seconds of not breathing and performing the most difficult stroke in swimming in world record time. Just give her 20 more minutes to relax and she is ready to repeat. I understand that we are talking about professional swimmers who have many reasons of doing or not doing some things and getting my respect for sure is not on the top of their priorities list. I cannot blame her, for that. But when I see the athlete who dedicates herself to hard stuff trying to achieve whatever others consider unpractical or even impossible I am taking a hat off. If Sarah skips 200m, the distance where she is potentially a dominant swimmer then … 🙁

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