When you’ve dominated the 400 & 800 the way Katie Ledecky has, wouldn’t you want another challenge? Ledecky’s eyes seem to now be on the 100 Free after a blistering 53.75 in the middle of January. That makes her the 7th fastest American ever — surpassing Dara Torres by exactly one one-hundredth.
Forget just wanting to make the 4×100 Free Relay team — if she wants to increase her opportunities of winning more Olympic medals, her goal will be to win the 100 Free at OT’s. This will allow her a good chance of swimming on the 4×100 Medley Relay — even if it just a Prelims swim. The women’s team has a much better chance of winning the 4×100 Medley Relay than they do the 4×100 Free Relay.
Not to mention the speed work should bode well for her 200 Free.
We saw what she could do in the 200 at World Championships this past summer. The time wasn’t unbelievable but the outcome was the same — a victory — over reigning world record holder Federica Pellegrini, none the less.
She was out in 56.19 in Kazan on her way to that 1:55.16 victory. Yesterday she was again out in 56.19 but finished .73 seconds faster.
Guess that speed work is helping her back half?
After the 200 Free last night Ledecky said she has, “been able to focus a little more on some shorter swimming in workout…” and that “…we get to get up and race a lot in practice which helps those events.
The shorter, faster workouts seem to be treating her just fine across the board — she literally just re-set her own world record in the 800 Free.
Katie Ledecky’s potential Olympic line up:
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