Katie Ledecky: Timewarp 8:04.79 WR Fit To Last; 4th Gold & A Match For Meyer’s Triple

Kathleen Ledecky and Jazmin Carlin were in touch over the first two laps on their way to gold and silver - by Patrick B. Kraemer
Kathleen Ledecky and Jazmin Carlin were in touch over the first two laps on their way to gold and silver - by Patrick B. Kraemer

The cool tones of Rihanna suited the mood as Katie Ledecky paraded around the burning deck: “Baby, this is what you came for; Lightning strikes every time she moves; And everybody’s watching her..” They’re not betting on her though. No point: 1/100 for the win. Here at the home 2036 Games in Washington DC … Oh, alright then, Rio 2016 (more on 2040 below) – but Jazz Carlin (GBR), Boglarka Kapas (HUN), Mireia Belmonte (ESP) and the rest must surely have felt the timewarp just as keenly as we watched it. Ledecky, a 19-year-old from Bethesda, Maryland, roared into the history books with a world record of 8:04.79.

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aswimfan

Which one of these current women’s WR will be the last to get broken:

400 IM
400 free
800 free
1500 free
200 fly
?

Ger

So, after 2x100m 52+ relay splits, a 3:58 and 3:56 400m, a 1:55, 1:54 and 1:53 200m plus a relay split 1:53 and then an 8:12 800m heat, all she can manage is 8:04. That’s just so disappointing. 🙂

Alicia Williams

I found that Ledecky’s 800 is interesting too.
Splits compare to her Austin’s swim, the curve is much bigger than Austin.
For example each 50 (excluding first 100 last 50) the slowest and fastest gap between at Austin, was 0.36.
The gap at Rio, wass 0.63.
And her last 50 didn’t surpass Austin, surely didn’t surpass Kazan.
Makes me wonder if she has the front speed, but not the closing speed?
I even wonder, will she ever does a last 50 that will surpass Kazan’s 28.41?

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