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 have 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 most likely 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 assume, as a result of she is the quickest girl on the planet in a whole lot of races,” Ruck mentioned. “My coach sort of noticed that, so he informed me to give attention to 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 most important 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 completed it plenty of instances, but it surely’s all the time a tough factor. I actually put a whole lot of work into not having that occur once more. However I nonetheless have two extra years to go till the large 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 contains different non-European international locations resembling Canada, Japan, China and a number of other others.
Canadian backstroke star Kylie Masse can also be competing at the Pan Pacs. Penny Oleksiak opted to skip the meet.
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