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SportKatie Ledecky rallies to win signature event after week of illness

16:05  27 july  2019
16:05  27 july  2019 Source:   nbcsports.com

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Ledecky withdraws from 200 free at worlds due to illness Katie Ledecky withdrew from the 200-meter freestyle Tuesday at the world swimming championships because of illness. The 14-time world champion's status for the 1,500 free final in the evening was also in doubt. "She woke up this morning and she's not feeling well at all," her coach Greg Meehan said. Meehan said doctors were assessing Ledecky, but had no official diagnosis. "I'm hopeful that we see her racing again this week," he said. The eight-day meet ends Sunday. U.S. national team managing director Lindsay Mintenko said Ledecky hasn't been feeling well since she arrived in Gwangju on July 17.

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Katie Ledecky‘s rough week at the world championships in Gwangju, South Korea, ended Saturday with an inspirational win in the 800m freestyle, rallying to beat Italy’s Simona Quadarella.

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Ledecky led by more than a second early in the race, but Quadarella inched closer and took the lead at 450 meters. Quadarella extended her lead to 0.84 seconds and still had the lead at the last turn. But Ledecky finished with a blistering final 50m, winning by 1.41 seconds.

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Ledecky , a two-time Olympic champion in the event who owns the 22 best times in its history The final on Saturday will cap a turbulent week for Ledecky , one of the sport’s most dominant performers, and will give her a chance to salvage one gold medal from a meet where she was favored to win at

Ledecky battled back from a week of illness to win the 800-meter freestyle on Saturday. Ledecky , 22, came into this meet gunning for five golds, but ended up racing in just three events after being stricken with what she described as a viral illness .

Her time of 8:13.58 was nowhere near her world record of 8:04.79, but given the illness that wiped out much of her week, it hardly matters.

“Just kind of relieved to end on a good note,” Ledecky said. “Not a good time, but I just gutted it out. It was a tough week for me physically, mentally, emotionally and all of it, but I had great support from my friends, family, coaches and medical staff. Never imagined I’d have this kind of week. I’m excited for the next year of work.”

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Katie Ledecky , the American 19-year-old swimming prodigy, made a statement Sunday night in her first individual race at the Rio Olympics, winning gold and breaking her own world record in the Ledecky broke the record by two seconds and beat the second-place finisher by nearly five seconds.

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In a career full of world and Olympic titles, Ledecky has always been particularly strong in the 800m freestyle, an event she first won in the 2012 Olympics. She has won every world and Olympic title since then.

Ledecky’s week started with Monday’s 1,500m freestyle heat in which she later said she nearly dropped out because she was feeling unwell. The next day, she finished second in the 400m freestyle behind Australia’s Ariarne Titmus, a loss that seemed shocking until Ledecky’s illness was made public. Titmus took bronze in the 800m final.

She then withdrew from the 200m freestyle and 1,500m freestyle final. She returned Thursday to take silver in the 4×200 freestyle relay.

Ledecky, still only 22, now has five Olympic gold medals and 15 world championships.

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