Despite giving the 15th fastest performance in history, of which Katie Ledecky owns 13, the seven-time Olympic champion was disappointed in herself. She closed USA Swimming’s World Championship trials with a fourth victory on Saturday, producing yet another win the1,500m freestyle.
The distance freestyle was clocked at 15 min 38.99 seconds, improving on her own record-breaking time of the season, beating competitor Katie Grimes by 12.37 seconds. Despite her great performance, she seemed disappointed that she didn’t perform better. “It was decent,” Ledecky said. She emerged victorious in the 200m, 400m and the 800m freestyles this week in Greensboro, North Carolina in the qualifying meet for the World Championships that are set to be conducted in Budapest from the 18th of June to the 3rd of July.
“I’ll take it at the end of the week”
She finished her statement by saying “I would have liked to have been a little bit faster, but I’ll take it at the end of the week.” Caleb Dressel, a five-time Olympic medalist also won his fourth event of the meet on Saturday, clocking a world-leading time of 21.29 sec in the 50m free ahead of Michael Andrew, whose timing of 21.45 is the second fastest timing of the season.
Olympic silver medalist Alex Walsh emerged victorious in the women’s 200m in a world-leading 2:07:84. Leah Hayes, at just 16, placed second with 2:09:99. She booked a World Championships berth despite being initially disqualified due to a false start during the heats.
Chase Kalisz, the current 400m individual medley Olympic Champion, won the men’s 200 m medley, clocking a time of 1:56:21 to line up a medley double bid in Budapest. Carson Foster placed second, clocking a time of 1:56:65.