Katie Ledecky
Getty Images

Katie Ledecky breaks pool record, then does it again 6 minutes later

1 Comment

Stanford freshman Katie Ledecky broke three pool records at California on Saturday, but read on for her most impressive feat of the day.

Ledecky’s first pool record came via winning the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9 minutes, 20.41 seconds, lapping all but one swimmer and winning by 26.06 seconds. It gets better.

She got out of the pool and then jumped back in the very next event, the 200-yard free. There, she prevailed by .95 over Stanford teammate and Olympic 100m free champion Simone Manuel. Also the fastest time ever in Cal’s pool.

Ledecky’s two pool records were set within six minutes of each other, according to Stanford’s live posting of results.

She then took a bit of a break and, 47 minutes later, broke the pool record in the 500-yard freestyle, winning by 8.97 seconds.

Ledecky’s most impressive win of the trio had to be the 200 free. On Nov. 19, Manuel beat Ledecky in a 200-yard free, handing Ledecky her first loss in a freestyle race longer than 100 meters since Jan. 18, 2014.

Now, Ledecky goes into the Pac-12 Championships next week and the NCAA Championships in four weeks with the upper hand on Manuel.

VIDEO: Phelps’ agent to frame his world-record certificates

Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocates shoulder in Poland (video)

FIVB
Leave a comment

Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocated her shoulder during the semifinals of a beach volleyball tournament in Poland and forfeited the bronze medal match.

Walsh Jennings and new partner Nicole Branagh were tied in the third set of their match against Canada on Saturday when Walsh Jennings dove for the ball with her right arm and twisted her hand in the sand. After a four-minute delay, Canada went on to win the third set 16-14 and advance to the gold medal match.

“I just went for a short dig and the surface in Europe is so shallow and so hard and there’s no give for our bodies,” Walsh Jennings explained after the match in an interview with her shoulder wrapped in ice.

Walsh Jennings had surgery on the same shoulder during the run-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she and April Ross won the bronze medal. Walsh Jennings won three gold medals with Misty May Treanor.

Walsh Jennings said she is looking forward to returning to the FIVB World Tour in Vienna in one week.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: Kerri Walsh Jennings’ first choice for new partner said no

Tom Daley wins 10m platform gold at Worlds on final dive

Leave a comment

After missing out on the men’s 10m platform finals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Great Britain’s Tom Daley won gold at the 2017 FINA Diving World Championships. Daley, who won bronze in the same event at the 2012 London Olympics won his last world championship 10m platform gold back in 2009 when he was just 15 years old.

Daley was awarded four 10’s on his final dive in Budapest, Hungary, beating China’s Chen Aisen – the reining 2016 Olympic champion in men’s 10m platform. The two divers tied on their last dive, both earning 106.20 points, but Daley, who had been in command after each of his dives on Saturday, beat Chen out for the top spot by 5.7 points.

Daley’s struggles in Rio were inexplicable. In the preliminary round, he scored 571.85 points, a personal best, and a score which would have won him gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games. However, in semifinal dives, Daley could not execute, finishing 18th in an event where only the top 12 advance to the finals.

Earlier in the day in Budapest, Daley, along with teammate Grace Reid, won silver in the mixed 3m springboard event. On Monday, in the men’s synchronized 10m platform, Daley and teammate Danie Goodfellow finished fourth.

The sole U.S. diver in the men’s 10m platform event in Budapest, David Dinsmore, finished sixth. Dinsmore who narrowly missed out on making his first Olympic team at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Diving Trials, won bronze in Budapest with teammate Krysta Palmer in the mixed team event.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: U.S. men look to fill Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte void at swim worlds