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Swimming, Day 7 - Women’s 800m free: Ledecky (USA) wins gold in a new WR of 8:13.86!
Barcelona is definitively inspiring for the long distance freestyle swimmers: 10 years ago, also at the Palau Sant Jordi, Hannah Stockbauer (GER) was the first in history to win gold in the same edition of the championships in the 400m, 800m and 1500m free. In this seventh session of the swimming events in the 15th FINA World Championships, Katie Ledecky (USA) repeated the same feat: after clinching gold in the 400m and 1500m (the latter in a new WR performance), the 16-year-old star touched again first in the 800m in 8:13.86, also a World Record, the sixth of these Championships. The former best global mark (2:14.10) had been set by Rebecca Adlington (GBR) at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Ledecky is definitively one of the brightest stars of the competition in Barcelona and has confirmed in the best possible way the surprising 800m Olympic gold from last year’s Olympics.
The minor medals went to Lotte Friis (DEN), silver medallist in 8:16.32, while Lauren Boyle (NZL) earned bronze in 8:18.58. For the Danish swimmer, this was her sixth awardl at FINA World Championships, while Boyle leaves Barcelona with three bronze medals, after her podium presences in the 400m and 1500m free.
World Record: Katie Ledecky (USA), 8:13.86 – August 3, 2013 in Barcelona (ESP)
Championships Record: Katie Ledecky (USA), 8:13.86 – August 3, 2013 in Barcelona (ESP)
Best performance of the current season (since January 2013): Katie Ledecky (USA), 8:13.86 – August 3, in Barcelona (ESP)
2003-2011 winners in this event: 2003 – Hannah Stockbauer (GER, 8:23.66); 2005 – Kate Ziegler (USA, 8:25.31); 2007 – Kate Ziegler (USA, 8:18.52); 2009 – Lotte Friis (DEN, 8:15.92); 2011 – Rebecca Adlington (GBR, 8:17.51)
The best in this event (1. most victories or 2. fastest time): Janet Evans (USA, 1991 & 1994), Hannah Stockbauer (GER, 2001 & 2003) and Kate Ziegler (USA, 2005 & 2007)
2012 Olympic podium: 1. Katie Ledecky (USA, 8:14.63), 2. Mireia Belmonte (ESP, 8:18.76), 3. Rebecca Adlington (GBR, 8:20.32)
Gold medal winner: Katie Ledecky (USA)
"I'm trilled, it was well above my expectations. With my coach we planed to go for 3 medals and 1 world record and I got 4 medals and 2 world records!"
On race tactics: "I knew I had to be patient, I had to let Lotte [Friis] swim her race and not let her go too much, I tried to push the last 200m as much as I could to break away and be able to finish hard and finish well at the end."
"I guess I carried the momentum from the mile and the relay wins, I just wanted to end on a great note."
On competitive instinct: "I've always had that since I started swimming, I love it and when you love something you want to do well. I compete with my teammates everyday and when you come to a international meet, it's the same competitive racing."
"I've prepared for this week this whole year, I knew I had to be consistent, to be able to race everyday and not be tired by the end of the week."
Silver medal winner: Lotte Friis (DEN)
"I'm just happy I got to race Ledecky, she's very young and very great, I'm just happy I was able to be as close to her as I could be."
On Denmark winning medals in Barcelona: "I think we wanted to show that Denmark is still a nation that can be strong in swimming, we always want to win medals."
Bronze medal winner: Lauren Boyle (NZL)
"I swam 3 seconds faster than in the heats and did a PB so it's great for me."
"Lotte has been here for a long time and Ledecky is new. I'm surprised that I was so close to her so it gave me the motivation to keep up and go faster."