FILE PHOTO: 2016 Rio Olympics – Swimming – Katie Ledecky (USA) reacts after profitable and setting a brand new world document in Olympic girls’s 800m freestyle last – Olympic Aquatics Stadium – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 12/08/2016. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
July 22, 2021
By Martin Petty
TOKYO (Reuters) – 5-times Olympic champion Katie Ledecky is concentrated and bettering quick within the run-up to the Tokyo Video games, her coach mentioned on Thursday, as she embarks on a gruelling quest for 5 gold medals to cement her place in swimming historical past.
Ledecky is available in because the favorite in two of her 4 particular person occasions in Tokyo however should outshine in-form Australian Ariarne Titmus in three of these to ship on a clear sweep.
Beginning on Sunday, the 24-year-old American will tackle the 200, 400, 800 and 1,500 metres freestyle, plus the 4x200m freestyle relay, which might concerned at the least 10 races within the area of every week, totalling 6.2 kilometres (3.85 miles).
“I’m excited for her to be right here on this second she loves the Olympic Video games,” coach Greg Meehan instructed reporters.
“It’s been a giant stage for her clearly, during the last 9 years. And, you realize, as we roll into 400 freestyle prelims She’s going to start her strategy of simply attacking every of these occasions, so she’s in an awesome place proper now.”
Ledecky gained the 200, 400, 800m freestyle and 4x200m freestyle relay gold medals within the Rio Olympics in 2016, and clinched the 800m freestyle on the London Video games 4 years earlier.
She has since gained 15 world titles.
Meehan, the U.S. girls’s workforce coach, mentioned Ledecky had proven resilience via disruption attributable to the coronavirus pandemic and an absence of top-tier competitors, rising to the event on the latest U.S. Olympic trials.
“Katie is a extremely constant, actually laborious employee and once you undergo such a protracted time period with out resting with out elite stage competitors, generally it takes a short while,” he mentioned.
“Simply in that surroundings for her to nonetheless keep actually centered on her process at hand, which was to make the workforce.
“Day-to-day, week by week she has continued to get higher and higher.”
(Enhancing by Ed Osmond)