Katie Ledecky is the top qualifier in the 400-meter freestyle, and she’s only 15 years old. She broke her own world record at this event earlier this year, and will be competing in the 2016 Olympics for Team USA.
Katie Ledecky is the top qualifier in the 400-meter freestyle. She won gold at the US Olympic trials and will be representing Team USA at the Olympics in Rio.
TOKYO, Japan — Katie Ledecky’s teammates have already accumulated an impressive number of Olympic medals. It’s now her time, and she wants her own hardware.
On Sunday night, Ledecky began her Olympic campaign as the top qualifier in the 400-meter freestyle, setting up a clash with Ariarne Titmus of Australia, who is defending her title.
With a timing of 4 minutes, 0.45 seconds, Ledecky progressed to the next round. Titmus finished third in 4:01.66. On Monday morning, the first of their many showdowns in Tokyo will take place in the final.
“With Ariarne, it’s going to be a fantastic race,” Ledecky said.
Ledecky will be hoping to build on the momentum she and her teammates established on the first day of the meet, when the US won six of the twelve medals.
“I’m definitely feeling our team’s enthusiasm,” she added. “I had a very good workout this morning, so I’m just trying to build on that and get my meet started.”
Titmus, on the other hand, will put up a fight for Ledecky.
Titmus stated, “I’d like to believe I’ve got a little more in the tank for the final.”
In Rio five years ago, Ledecky won the 400 free with a world-record time. At the 2019 world championships, Titmus, a rising star in Australian swimming, defeated Ledecky. She overtook Ledecky in the last 50 meters to win by a full second, handing the American her first defeat in the race at a major international competition.
Titmus said, “I know I’ve done the job.” “All I have to do now is go out there and take care of the easy side of the problem.”
Li Bingjie of China finished second in 4:01.57. Paige Madden, an American, also advanced to the final.
If Ryan Murphy wants to defend his championship in the 100 backstroke, he’ll have to work hard. In 53.22 seconds, he qualified eighth for the 16-man semifinals. The Russian Olympic Committee’s Kliment Kolesnikov took the lead in 52.15 seconds. Mitch Larkin of Australia, Ryosuke Irie of Japan, and ROC swimmer Evgeny Rylov were among those that advanced.
“Fortunately, I was in the final heat, so I was able to watch how quickly the guys were going,” Murphy said. “I simply focused on my race as a result of it.”
Tatjana Schoemaker of South Africa won the women’s 100 breaststroke in an Olympic-record time of 1:04.82.
Lydia Jacoby, the first American Olympian from Alaska, finished second in 1:05.52.
“It’s been wonderful to have my whole state of Alaska behind me, and I know they’re up at 2:30 a.m. watching me,” she added.
Lilly King of the United States, the reigning gold champion and world record holder, finished third in 1:05.55.
“I’m just sort of riding the wave that I’ve been riding for the past five years and hoping everything works out,” King added.
Yulia Efimova of ROC, the silver medallist in Rio, finished eighth and progressed to the semifinals.
Alessandro Miressi, Santo Condorelli, Lorenzo Zazzeri, and Manuel Frigo of Italy qualified first in the men’s 4×100 free relay with a time of 3:10.29. Brooks Curry, Blake Pieroni, Bowe Becker, and Zach Apple of the United States came in second with a time of 3:11.33.
Sunwoo Hwang of South Korea was the quickest qualifier in the men’s 200 freestyle with a time of 1:44.96. David Popovici of Romania, Duncan Scott of the United Kingdom, and Americans Townley Haas and Kieran Smith, who won bronze in the 400 free earlier Sunday, all advanced to the semifinals.
With a time of 57.88, Kaylee McKeown of Australia won the 100 backstroke qualifying heat, lowering the Olympic record for the third time in a row. Regan Smith of the United States came in second and Rhyan White of the United States came in sixth, while Kylie Masse of Canada came in third.
Frequently Asked Questions
Did Katie Ledecky won 400 meter freestyle?
Katie Ledecky did win the 400 meter freestyle, but it was not in a time of 4 minutes.
Who won womens 400 meter freestyle?
Katie Ledecky won the womens 400 meter freestyle in a time of 4 minutes, 26.14 seconds.
What is Katie Ledecky 400 freetime?
Katie Ledecky is an American swimmer who has won a total of four gold medals in the 2016 Olympics.