Pellegrini surprised on the 200 free with a first world title in six years

Pellegrini surprised on the 200 free with a first world title in six years

World record holder Federica Pellegrini on Wednesday at the world swimming CHAMPIONSHIPS in Budapest, somewhat surprisingly, it won gold on the 200 meters free battle.

The 28-year-old Italian, who in 2011 for the last became world champion and also the world CHAMPIONSHIP of 2009 was the best at that distance, won in Hungary after a nice catching up in a time of 1.54,73.

The silver went to American Katie Ledecky and the Australian Emma McKeon. Both achieved a time of 1.55,18.

Ledecky is the olympic champion in the 200 free. They had a world cup yet never a final lost and was in Budapest, all good for three world titles. She picked up gold in the 1500 meter free, the 400 meter free and the 4×100 meters free. Ledecky is recordhoudster with a total of twelve world championship titles, one more than her compatriot Missy Franklin.

In 2008, picked up Pellegrini in Beijing the olympic title in the 200 meters free battle. With the Olympic Games, which followed in London (fifth) and Rio de Janeiro (fourth), she missed just the podium.

Pellegrini is on the 200 free since July 2009, holds the world record on the excellent tactical and technical skills. They klokte at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS in Rome at the time, 1.52,98.


When the men conquered the Brit Adam Peaty his second world title. After he previously already was the best at the 100 meter breaststroke, he picked up the gold in the 50 metres.

Tuesday had Peaty both in the series as in the semi-final a world record swim. A day later, he remained four hundredths above the new personal best: 25,99. The 22-year-old defending champion kept the Brazilian Joao Gomes Junior (26,52) and the South African Cameron van der Burgh (26,60) behind.

On the 200-meter butterfly was the title to Chad Le Clos. The South African went like a rocket from the start and held his lead until the very end: 1.53,33. The Hungarian Laszlo Cseh was in 1.53,72 good for silver. The bronze went to the Japanese Daiya Seto: 1.54,21.

United States

The swimmers and swimmers of the United States conquered the world title in the 4×100 metres exchange mixed. Did Team USA again in a world record.

Wednesday morning, the Americans were on the new olympic track at a time of 3.40,28 gone before. That was nearly a half second faster than the old record, swum by the team of Great Britain at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS in 2015 (3.41,71).

In the final went with four other swimmers even harder: 3.38,56. For the U.S. were Matt Grevers, Lilly King, Caeleb Remel Dressel and Simone Manuel in the water. The team of Australia took the silver in 3.41.21. The bronze went to Canada: 3.41,25.

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