Katie Ledecky looks DOMINANT in 1500m free heat win | Tokyo Olympics | NBC Sports

Katie Ledecky saved her best for last, cruising to a win in her 1500m freestyle heat in her third and final race of the day. #NBCOlympics #Tokyo2020 #Swimming
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Each swimming event is broken up into rounds with the purpose of trimming the field of competitors (which can sometimes number upwards of 90+ for individual events) down to a final race of eight. Individual events at distances of 200m and shorter require three rounds: preliminary heats, semifinals, and a final. Each athlete participates in one of several preliminary heats in hopes of recording a top-16 time, thereby advancing to the semifinals.

From there, the eight fastest swimmers across both semifinal heats advance to the final. Individual events at distances of 400m or longer, along with all relay events, do not include a semifinal round. In these events, only the top eight swimmers or teams across the preliminary heats advance to the final. In the event of a tie for the final lane in a semifinal or final round, tied competitors swim an additional head-to-head race to determine who advances. This is also known as a “”swim off””. Olympic swimming competition days generally contain two sessions: one for only preliminary heats, and a second for semifinals and finals. The exceptions are the first day of competition, which lacks a semifinal/final session, and the last day, which does not contain a heats session.

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50 Comments

  1. Patrick Murphy on August 4, 2021 at 7:20 am

    I am confident she will do just fine with 1,500 meter event. Only thing is to win gold and not take anything for granted.

  2. Tommy Hagerty on August 4, 2021 at 7:21 am

    It’s a shame we don’t get to see her do the 1500 without having to do a 200 like an hour before

  3. jhonny rdz on August 4, 2021 at 7:22 am

    Interesting technique little to no kick

  4. Nicholas Bradley on August 4, 2021 at 7:24 am

    The legal jennifer alternately watch because signature unintentionally squeal until a narrow trapezoid. purring, macho bangle

  5. Amy Hinkle on August 4, 2021 at 7:27 am

    Need to learn this kick

  6. FounderPanda on August 4, 2021 at 7:28 am

    i can only do 50 without stopping or drowning 1500 is amazing katie ledecky is the best swimmer

  7. Wdiamondhunter on August 4, 2021 at 7:29 am

    , vow.

  8. oscar salazar on August 4, 2021 at 7:30 am

    The abaft jasmine certainly nail because digger bailly fix notwithstanding a savory basement. imminent, plucky fall

  9. Bee Wright on August 4, 2021 at 7:31 am

    She did Dominate the 1500 You go girl 🏊‍♀️🏊‍♀️🏊‍♀️

  10. 63586jonathan on August 4, 2021 at 7:33 am

    I am American and hope ledecky wins. I can see why people don’t support U. S.

    They biased announcers pretty much are annoying. Let her win the medal first before predicting time

  11. Jupe367 on August 4, 2021 at 7:34 am

    I would be confuse whether the final bell ring for the final lap is for me or the lane next to me since they all sound the same.

  12. Huy Nguyen on August 4, 2021 at 7:34 am

    Ledecky is a long distance swimmer, so the 400m is not really considered her specialty. Tittimus beat her in a 400m sprint.

  13. charles goldbach on August 4, 2021 at 7:35 am

    If Ledecky and Phelps had a kid it could fly. (swim in the air)

  14. mytexas days on August 4, 2021 at 7:35 am

    Oh boy. I am just now checking in with today’s results. So happy for Katie. 1 out of two is fine. Probably her last Olympics in 5 events. She’s the best female swimmer of all time. Like Phelps is the best male of all time.

  15. lawrence campbell on August 4, 2021 at 7:35 am

    For me . 3 hours later .. Did i make it ? Judge goes nope you still have 700 meters left 😂😂

  16. Henry Park on August 4, 2021 at 7:37 am

    I love Ledecky <3 huge fan from Chicago

  17. Charmaine Qualaty on August 4, 2021 at 7:38 am

    Great job

  18. Jarrod Yuki on August 4, 2021 at 7:40 am

    good.

  19. rafi acosta on August 4, 2021 at 7:42 am

    Ever since I saw her in Rio I’ve been a fan and I love her attitude towards this kind of events. It’s kind of a shame that the entire race was not posted cause it would’ve been awesome to see how she put distance on the others as the race went by.

  20. Jeffry Hammel on August 4, 2021 at 7:43 am

    KATIE! Wow. My heroine.

  21. disband the police on August 4, 2021 at 7:44 am

    Zoom zoom zoom

  22. Howard Tung on August 4, 2021 at 7:44 am

    So interesting that she doesn’t really use her legs. I guess that’s how she conserves her energy for these longer distance swims.

  23. 45 fottuto stronzo on August 4, 2021 at 7:46 am

    20-30 minutes for 1500m is about where average to elite amateurs are at. 15:00 is crazy fast.
    ~1:00/100m pace—most people cant even reach that pace, even at full gas for a few meters.

  24. Jason Li on August 4, 2021 at 7:48 am

    Unbelievable, Katie swam faster than me. Did anyone question her diet?

  25. Prashanth Nayak on August 4, 2021 at 7:49 am

    Her margins of victory have usually been insane. Because this girl is doped out of her mind.

  26. Bob Anderson on August 4, 2021 at 7:51 am

    The GOAT

  27. Daniel Rust on August 4, 2021 at 7:51 am

    This is so fucking satisfying to watch

  28. Oscar on August 4, 2021 at 7:52 am

    She broke the OR during her heat. I think she’s in good shape to win this race.

  29. Anonymous User on August 4, 2021 at 7:53 am

    Unlike a certain other high profile athlete, Ledecky showed resolve and came through in a big way after facing tough circumstances. She dominated the 1500M, and congrats to Erica who came up strong in the end to get silver

  30. Aschente on August 4, 2021 at 7:54 am

    great swim by Wang to actually hold on

  31. Megs wellnessboutique on August 4, 2021 at 7:55 am

    AMAZING!!!

  32. Haka Awikiwiki on August 4, 2021 at 7:56 am

    Wow !

  33. Jacy LB on August 4, 2021 at 8:01 am

    I’m not a swimmer, and I’m too lazy to google. How many laps is 1500m😭

  34. Yasmin McEwen on August 4, 2021 at 8:02 am

    Congratulations to Katie on her win today 💐💝 This race was the longest ever. It was not fun watching her lose last night to the Aussie. You Go Katie! 💝🎇💪🇺🇸 ~

  35. Thomas Rosado on August 4, 2021 at 8:02 am

    Gang gang. That is my lady.

  36. Zachary Mitchell on August 4, 2021 at 8:04 am

    Figure. That. Win. ✝️👍

  37. Courtney Saltine on August 4, 2021 at 8:06 am

    She won the finals for this event too! Truly an amazing Olympic swimmer 🏊‍♀️!

  38. CaliforniaCyclist on August 4, 2021 at 8:07 am

    I could do this race come on… in 30-35 minutes

  39. Alan Le on August 4, 2021 at 8:08 am

    She will win at least one gold this Olympic Games, maybe two of she can defend the 800m freestyle.

  40. Myles Gmail on August 4, 2021 at 8:12 am

    The other girls get NO attention.. they must h8 Katie😅

  41. Y G on August 4, 2021 at 8:13 am

    Congrats to Katie and Erica, and to Team U.S.A.! Wow!! What you both did in the 1500 m freestyle was just phenomenal!

  42. mina vamp on August 4, 2021 at 8:14 am

    short distance was never her forte. her specialty is long distance. that’s why when she first started out she swam the 800m. only after london olympics she added 200m, and 400m.

  43. Donut Trash on August 4, 2021 at 8:14 am

    Why couldn’t they show the whole thing :((

  44. Marissa Kraus on August 4, 2021 at 8:16 am

    I mean, I’m a good swimmer, but I look at these competitors and the size of that pool and I have no doubt I would just drown if I had to even do 100m. the strength and endurance these athletes have is astounding.

  45. Alex on August 4, 2021 at 8:17 am

    trump cant swim. he’s a loser

  46. Nathan McLain on August 4, 2021 at 8:17 am

    It takes me 27:50 to do the 1500. These women are amazing!!!

  47. Darren Chan on August 4, 2021 at 8:17 am

    so annoyed by all those mainland chinese participants. those dope f’s.

  48. B Eazy on August 4, 2021 at 8:17 am

    Ridiculous Dominance

  49. CJ. on August 4, 2021 at 8:18 am

    1500 meters???? That’s almost a mile, 100 meters off to be exact, Katie is incredible

  50. Prashanth Nayak on August 4, 2021 at 8:18 am

    Lance Armstrong looked DOMINANT in his 6th Tour win. This girl is doped out of her mind like the rest of them.

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