Air Jordan 1 Retro Ledecky wins 800 free to earn Olympic berth at 15
She touched in 8 minutes, Air Jordan 1 Retro 19.78 seconds, with Kate Ziegler taking the second spot at 8:21.87 to earn her second Olympic Air Jordan 17s berth. Ledecky broke the trials record Air Jordan 1 of 8:20.81 set by Katie Hoff four years ago.
She broke Janet Evans’ national age group record while finishing third in the 400 free, one spot out of making the Olympic Air Jordan 10s team in another individual event. Ledecky’s time of 4:05.00 bettered the old mark of 4:05.45.
“I don’t think the 400 was that much of a disappointment,” she said. “My time was great. I just got back to work right after my 200 free semifinal and started hitting that pace that I wanted to.”
Now a 40 year old mother of two, Evans competed in both distance events in Omaha, but didn’t make the finals in either. She was 16 when she won three gold medals at the 1988 Seoul Games.
Ledecky took the 800 out hard, something she wasn’t planning on doing.
“I went out with it and I just kept trying to hold on to it,” Air Jordan 15s she said, silently counting down how many meters remained in the 16 lap race.
“I never told myself I had it. I just kept trying to hold the same pace I was holding. I tried to pick it up a little bit and just try to push through.”
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