Canada’s Taylor Ruck outswims Ledecky, breaks record at Pan Pacs


Canadian teenager Taylor Ruck defeated American star Katie Ledecky as she gained gold and set a brand new meet record within the ladies’s 200-metre freestyle occasion on the opening day of the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Tokyo.

Ruck’s time of one minute 54.44 seconds Thursday lowered the mark set by Ledecky in 2014 — the final time the Pan Pacs had been held — by 1.three seconds. It additionally bettered the successful time of 1:54.81 Ruck swam at April’s Commonwealth Video games in Australia, the place she captured eight medals.

Ledecky completed third Thursday in 1:55.15. She’s the reigning Olympic champion within the 200 free, although it is in all probability the weakest race for the five-time Olympic gold medallist.

Japan’s Ikee Rikako positioned second in 1:54.85.

Ruck, 18, mentioned she needed to calm herself down as she ready to face Ledecky.

“It is the title, I suppose, as a result of she is the quickest girl on the planet in lots of races,” mentioned Ruck, who was born in Kelowna, B.C. “My coach type of noticed that, so he informed me to concentrate on my lane and my race.”

It wasn’t a misplaced day for Ledecky, who took the 800 in 8:09.13 — the fifth quickest on record — and would be the favorite within the 400 through the four-day occasion in Tokyo, the largest meet of the 12 months for many swimmers across the Pacific Rim.

“I knew it was going to be powerful,” Ledecky mentioned. “It is a powerful double. I’ve accomplished it plenty of occasions, however it’s all the time a tough factor. I actually put lots of work into not having that occur once more. However I nonetheless have two extra years to go till the massive present right here in Tokyo.”

This 12 months’s Pan Pacs come two years out from the Tokyo Olympics. The meet options world swimming powers Australia and america and in addition consists of different non-European nations comparable to Canada, Japan, China and several other others.

The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships are one of many hardest swim meets within the 2018 calendar. They occur Aug. 9-12, and Canadians Taylor Ruck and Kylie Masse need to medal. 1:56

Canadian backstroke star Kylie Masse can also be competing at the Pan Pacs. Penny Oleksiak opted to skip the meet.’s dwell streaming protection continues Friday at 5:35 a.m. ET and runs by means of the tip of the meet on Sunday.



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