Distance Triple Provides Another Award for Ledecky

Katie Ledecky has good reason to smile, on 1:56 in April [Photo: Aniko Kovacs]

When it came time for the announcement of the winner of the USA Swimming Athlete of the Year Award at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention, there were only two legitimate options: Katie Ledecky and Missy Franklin. Ledecky got the nod for her distance triple at the World Championships.

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When it came time for the announcement of the winner of the USA Swimming Athlete of the Year Award at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention, there were only two legitimate options: Katie Ledecky and Missy Franklin. Ledecky got the nod for her distance triple at the World Championships.

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Lane Four

Well deserved and she isn’t done!

Gerald

My prediction is that she’ll threaten 8:00 in the 800 by 2020 if she swims that long. Maybe not break it, but at least get close. I think a lot of people think she would’ve broken 8:10 at World Champs if she wasn’t so tired by the time the 800 came along (that was the last 800 of 5600 meters of racing), and watching her 400, which I still think was the best swim in a very long time by a female, I think she’s going to stretch that speed to 800 as she matures.

aswimfan

I too think Ledecky’s Barcelona was legendary, and absolutely the best performance by a female swimmer since De Bruijn’s 2000 Sydney. And I also think Ledecky will break the 400 WR, but no way will Ledecky threaten 8:00 in 800. That’s absurd.

I’m not sure about others, but my prediction was for Ledecky to swim 8:12-8:13 and I was not far off.

Gerald

@aswimfan – We’ll see. I’d say 8:06 by Rio, then even faster if she keeps swimming the 800 after that.

Btw, even Adlington predicted 8:09 for Ledecky, and you could certainly see her 8:13 was w/o her usual pop.

Lane Four

I remember when Tracey Wickham swam her 8:24 waaaaaaay back in 1978 and everyone thought she had hit the ceiling……And now we are talking about MAYBE POSSIBLY HOPEFULLY a sub-8:00 by Katie Ledecky. There are no limits!

KeithM

I am more focused on her perhaps breaking 8:10 at some point. Breaking 8 minutes? Won’t happen.

felixtzu

I think this is getting way out of hand. I’m with Keith, 8.10 is the target. And remember, pretty soon the 800 may be off the Olympic programme and not the focus.

aswimfan

Gerald,

8:06 is not “threatening 8:00”

Also, there is no guarantee that Ledecky keeps the rate of improvement the older she gets, especially in the distance events.

Lane Four

No limits.

Gerald

@aswimfan – No s**t 8:06 is not threatening 8:00. I said 8:06 in 2016. Threatening 8:00 (like 8:02 or something) if she keeps swimming it in 2020. Not sure how hard that was to comprehend.

And yes, that is assuming that it remains an Olympic event (I found it interesting that Ledecky was very clear she does not want the 800 to be taken out of the Olympics. Not saying she has any say in the matter, just found it interesting).

Anyway, I do not think 8:06 in 3 years is particularly unreasonable given that she swims up the 1500 yet she went 3:59. It seemed quite clear, not just to myself, but most veteran swimmers I know, that the 8:13 was really not a great swim for her. Maybe great considering how tired she was, but it was definitely not the Ledecky of the 400 earlier in the meet (or even the 1500). She did, after all, split 8:17 at the 800 in the 1500, and she is not one of those distance swimmers who doesn’t have speed to go faster in the shorter races.

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