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Monday, 22 July 2019

Ledecky's shock withdrawal paves way for Aussie teen


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American great Katie Ledecky has succumbed to illness and pulled out of the 200m freestyle at the world swimming titles in South Korea on Tuesday.

Three of the top four contenders in the women's 200m freestyle have dramatically pulled out in a major boost for Australia's Ariarne Titmus.

Australia's world No.2 Emma McKeon and American great Katie Ledecky withdrew due to illness ahead of Tuesday's heats while Canada's Commonwealth Games 200m champion Taylor Ruck has been rested.

World No.1 Titmus has now firmed to collect 200m gold at Gwangju.

The 18-year-old has already claimed a shock 400m freestyle win after upsetting Ledecky on Sunday. The United States team are yet to confirm whether the five-time Olympic champion will contest Tuesday night's 1500m freestyle final.

Ledecky was upset by Titmus earlier at the world swim titles

Ruck, who who upset Titmus in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 200m final, was pulled from the morning heats to keep her fresh for Tuesday night's 100m backstroke final.

Australians in action in Tuesday night's finals are Clyde Lewis (200m freestyle), Minna Atherton, Kaylee McKeown (women's 100m backstroke), former world champion Mitch Larkin (men's 100m backstroke), Kiah Melverton and Maddy Gough (1500m freestyle).

Ledecky, 22, is vying for a record fourth-straight 1500m world title.

US officials will also monitor Ledecky's fitness before her other events - the 800m freestyle and 4x200m freestyle relay.

A team official said Ledecky, a 14-time world champion, had not been feeling well since arriving in Gwangju for the eight-day titles which started on Sunday.

"A decision has been made by Team USA in consultation with Katie, her coach and the team's medical staff for her to withdraw from the 200m freestyle event on medical grounds," US team managing director Lindsay Mintenko said.

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"The team will determine her participation in this evening's 1500m final later in the day.

"Katie has not been feeling well since arriving to Gwangju on July 17 and these precautionary measures are being taken to ensure her wellbeing and proper recovery and to allow her to focus her energy on a abbreviated schedule."

Ledecky had qualified fastest for the 1500m final after suffering a shock loss to Australia's Ariarne Titmus in the 400m freestyle on Sunday night. Ledecky had previously not lost over 400m, 800m or 1500m freestyle at an international meet since 2012. She is the world record holder in all three events.

American great Katie Ledecky has succumbed to illness and pulled out of the 200m freestyle at the world swimming titles in South Korea on Tuesday.

Three of the top four contenders in the women's 200m freestyle have dramatically pulled out in a major boost for Australia's Ariarne Titmus.

Australia's world No.2 Emma McKeon and American great Katie Ledecky withdrew due to illness ahead of Tuesday's heats while Canada's Commonwealth Games 200m champion Taylor Ruck has been rested.

World No.1 Titmus has now firmed to collect 200m gold at Gwangju.

The 18-year-old has already claimed a shock 400m freestyle win after upsetting Ledecky on Sunday. The United States team are yet to confirm whether the five-time Olympic champion will contest Tuesday night's 1500m freestyle final.

Ledecky was upset by Titmus earlier at the world swim titles

Ruck, who who upset Titmus in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 200m final, was pulled from the morning heats to keep her fresh for Tuesday night's 100m backstroke final.

Australians in action in Tuesday night's finals are Clyde Lewis (200m freestyle), Minna Atherton, Kaylee McKeown (women's 100m backstroke), former world champion Mitch Larkin (men's 100m backstroke), Kiah Melverton and Maddy Gough (1500m freestyle).

Ledecky, 22, is vying for a record fourth-straight 1500m world title.

US officials will also monitor Ledecky's fitness before her other events - the 800m freestyle and 4x200m freestyle relay.

A team official said Ledecky, a 14-time world champion, had not been feeling well since arriving in Gwangju for the eight-day titles which started on Sunday.

"A decision has been made by Team USA in consultation with Katie, her coach and the team's medical staff for her to withdraw from the 200m freestyle event on medical grounds," US team managing director Lindsay Mintenko said.

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"The team will determine her participation in this evening's 1500m final later in the day.

"Katie has not been feeling well since arriving to Gwangju on July 17 and these precautionary measures are being taken to ensure her wellbeing and proper recovery and to allow her to focus her energy on a abbreviated schedule."

Ledecky had qualified fastest for the 1500m final after suffering a shock loss to Australia's Ariarne Titmus in the 400m freestyle on Sunday night. Ledecky had previously not lost over 400m, 800m or 1500m freestyle at an international meet since 2012. She is the world record holder in all three events.

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