WATCH: Katie Ledecky Drop 1:56.31 200m Freestyle
Women's 200m Freestyle1.) Katie Ledecky -- 1:56.31
2.) Leah Smith -- 1:58.47
3.) Simone Manuel -- 1:58.98
What does Katie Ledecky do with a short turnaround between events -- after the 400 IM no less? She wins the 200m freestyle with a 1:56.31 -- the fourth fastest time int he world this year. Plain and simple: Ledecky is a racer. It does not matter when or where. The surprising part about this race was that Ledecky flipped second at the 100m mark in 57.54 -- only four one hundredths of a second behind Simone Manuel, who is known for her speed. Ledecky then turned on the jets to bury the field and take the win. Leah Smith came from fourth at the 100 to finish second in 1:58.47. Manuel faded a bit to finish third in 1:58.98.