Kate Douglass defended her 200 IM title at the World Championships with a dominant performance, finishing 1.5 seconds ahead of the competition. She won every wall and had the fastest split in fly. Douglass’s impressive performance, setting a personal best, is part of a string of recent successes, including three bronze medals at the World Championships in Budapest in 2022 and numerous other medals in the previous summer.
Canada’s Sydney Pickrem came in second place, while China’s Yu Yiting was third. Douglass’s time is a personal best, outperforming her 2:07.09 time from U.S. Nationals the previous summer. Yu put up a fight during the first 100 but in the end, Douglass maintained her dominant performance, with Pickrem and Yu securing silver and bronze, respectively. Anastasia Gorbenko dropped from third to fourth, and Marrit Steenbergen rose from eighth to fifth with the fastest time of 29.75 seconds.
Douglass’s victory showcases herself as a formidable competitor in the event and cements her position as one of the top swimmers in the world. With this win under her belt, she continues to push herself to new limits and set new personal bests each time she steps into the pool.