Golden Goggles Analysis: Female Race of the Year to Ledecky

Katie Ledecky fired in the last 100m of the 1500 on her way to a world-record victory for the global title in 2013 [Photo: Patrick Kraemer]

As the Golden Goggle Awards approach, we’re going to periodically take a look at the various categories which will be honored at the annual gala event. In our newest installment, we’ll look at the candidates for the Female Race of the Year, all of which secured gold medals at the World Championships in Barcelona. The candidates: Missy Franklin (200 Freestyle); Katie Ledecky (800 Freestyle); Katie Ledecky (1500 Freestyle); Haley Anderson (5K Open Water).

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As the Golden Goggle Awards approach, we’re going to periodically take a look at the various categories which will be honored at the annual gala event. In our newest installment, we’ll look at the candidates for the Female Race of the Year, all of which secured gold medals at the World Championships in Barcelona. The candidates: Missy Franklin (200 Freestyle); Katie Ledecky (800 Freestyle); Katie Ledecky (1500 Freestyle); Haley Anderson (5K Open Water).

Comments

john26

I’m curious as to why you feel that her 400m swim is greater than her 1500m effort. Yes, Ledecky went under 4 minutes, it was 1.5s faster than the previous textile best (which, lets face it, was a better swim than Pellegrini’s actual WR), but who saw a 15:30mid coming? This swim, is probably at least as impressive as Sun’s 1500m swim, judging by the number of women under 16:00 mnute, vs under 15:00 for men, while if you did the math from the splits from her 400m last year, sub4 minutes was definitely within the realm of the possibilities.

Rafael

John… if 1500 free was a women Olympic Race instead of the 800 we could actually have a stronger WR and field..with more women under 16:00… It is not a “fair” comparinson with men 1500 which is much more valuable..

Craig Lord

John, I think John Lohn calls it right. Here is why:

Men’s 1500m all-time spread (textile only)
14:31.02 Sun
14:34.56 Hackett 2001
14:39.63 Cochrane
14:40.31 Mellouli

Women’s race not yet Olympic event, depth and tradition not as strong
Even with the sub-15:40s, the bunching at the top end is tighter, the 15:36 not as dominant as Sun’s time
15:36.53 Ledecky
15:38.88 Friis
15:42.54 Ziegler 2007
15:44.71 Boyle
15:47.26 Carlin
15:52.10 Evans 1988

And Ledecky on 15:47.15 at trials when not fully rested, not in the same race at all and not enduring the same heats and finals program: I think we were looking at her breaking 15:40 in the right race. That right race unfolded with Friis, Boyle chasing

400m
3:59.82 Ledecky
closest
2 4:01.13 Muffat
3 4:01.53 Pellegrini
4 4:01.77 Schmitt
5 4:02.13 Manaudou
6 4:02.35 Adlington
7 4:02.47 Costa (B2013 silver)
13 4:03.85 Evans

Timewarp speed over Evans: about 1sec per 100 in both events.
The pioneering sub 4mins and the gap at the helm of the race proper and the textile ranks in an event with a much bigger tradition and Olympic history is more significant

best, Craig

Craig Lord

Rafael, John doesn’t actually compare with the men in this piece. And in Barcelona, the women’s 1500m was by far the better ‘race’: in the men’s race, Sun was playing with pace and his rivals somewhat and no-one, as far as I could tell among all about us in the stands in Barcelona, expected anything other that the Sun surge to victory when he needed to make his point at a pace well down from his best. In that sense, the women’s race was more entertaining… yes, there is more to come in women’s 1500m if and when it makes the Olympics but they went through a spectacular timewarp: 8:17 and on the pace of the 2011 world title 800m win is not to be sniffed at 🙂

aswimfan

I think w1,500 was the better race, while w400 was the better quality.

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