Katie Ledecky has set a bar so high, it’s a bit of a beating when she doesn’t set a universe record.
The 19-year-old has no complaints.
She’s streamer behind to a Olympics.
Getting that ritual out of a approach in her initial eventuality of a US swimming trials in Omaha, Neb., Ledecky hold off a determined plea from Leah Smith to win a 400-meter freestyle.
‘‘The final 150, we only kept revelation myself, ‘Rio! Rio! Rio!’ ’’ pronounced Ledecky, who is also a large favorite in dual other freestyle races to come.
Ledecky set a peppery gait over a initial half of a race, putting her some-more than dual seconds forward of a time from her record-setting opening during a 2014 Pan Pacific Championships in Australia.
But Ledecky sleepy a bit over a final 200, another universe symbol slipping divided when she overwhelmed in 3 minutes, 58.98 seconds. Smith pushed a leader all a way, also claiming an Olympic berth by finishing during 4:00.65.
The throng of some-more than 14,000 groaned a bit when they saw Ledecky’s time, though it was still a third-fastest in history.
Also Monday, Dana Vollmer sealed adult another outing to a Olympics reduction than 16 months after giving birth to her initial child.
She finished second in a 100 moth behind Olympic rookie Kelsi Worrell, one of several immature swimmers already signaling a changing of a ensure in a initial dual days of a meet.
One night after stunningly blank out on an Olympic berth in a 400 particular medley, an bum Ryan Lochte swam dual some-more exhausting races to validate for a final of a 200 freestyle.
Shaking off a pain of a groin injury, Lochte got by a morning preliminaries and posted a fifth-fastest time in a dusk semifinals.
But Lochte has his work cut out for him to acquire an Olympic berth in Tuesday’s final, and he’s admittedly carrying difficulty with his kicks and turns. He finished in 1:47.58 seconds, removing upheld by both Conor Dwyer and Clark Smith on a final path of their semifinal heat.