There is no rest for the record breaker! American swimmer Katie Ledecky breaks the 1,500m world record by almost 10 SECONDS at the World Cup Swimming, and immediately says she’s “back to work” for her next event!
- The 10-time Olympic medalist finished the sprint event in 15:08.24
- That’s nearly 10 seconds shorter than the previous record set at 15:18.01 in 2019.
- The Stanford swimmer finished 40 seconds ahead of runner-up Beatriz Dizotti
- Ledecky was also just one second away from breaking the 800m world record in 7:59.
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American swimmer Katie Ledecky set a world record in the 1,500m freestyle on Saturday night in what was, unbelievably, her first competitive event of the season at this week’s FINA Swimming World Cup.
The 10-time Olympic medalist, who won her first gold medal at age 15 on her international debut at the 2012 London Olympics, finished in 15:08.24, almost 10 seconds shy of the previous record set by Germany’s Sarah Wellbrock ( 15:18.01) in 2019.
“I knew that record was within reach just because of a few things I’ve done in training, especially my distance stuff (since) it’s been feeling really good this fall,” Ledecky said from Toronto’s Pan Am Sports Center. “So I felt caught up in the rhythm.”
Katie Ledecky set a world record after winning the women’s 1500m race in Toronto on Saturday
Ledecky’s record surpassed the previous one set by Germany’s Sarah Wellbrock (15:18.01) in 2019
The former Stanford swimmer was in a league of her own from the start, eliminating her opponents as she finished 40 seconds ahead of second place Beatriz Dizotti of Brazil.
After touching the wall and taking off his cap and glasses, he seemed to have been in agony, but that didn’t stop the crowd from giving him a loud applause.
“Honestly, most of that excitement was just because it hurt so bad, so when something hurts that bad, you want to see a big result like that,” Ledecky later told FINA’s website.
“I felt good and very satisfied with the result both in that and in the 200m.”
The 10-time Olympic medalist hit the wall 40 seconds before runner-up Beatriz Dizotti
Ledecky (pictured June) was just a second away from breaking the 800m world record at 7:59
Ledecky swam at such a fast pace that he nearly broke the 800m world record, halfway through the race, with a split time of 8:00.58, just a second shy of the 7:59.00 mark.
Breaking the record for the 1500m freestyle event also set a new precedent for the 25-year-old DC native, as she had never set a new precedent in a 25m pool. All of her previous achievements have come in a 50-meter pool, the standard Olympic size.
“I didn’t have it as a set goal (to break the world record),” Ledecky admitted after his impressive performance, according to FINA.
“I really didn’t know what to expect from this meet, being my first meet of the season, taking most of August off, getting back into the training groove, I didn’t have any kind of super preparation for this meet, I just wanted to come and compete with swimmers. international being a meeting on North American soil.’
Canada’s Laila Oravsky finished third on the podium, completing Saturday’s race with a time of 16:16.86, more than a minute behind Ledecky. The third and final leg of the 2022 FINA Swimming World Cup will take place in Indianapolis on Thursday for a three-day, action-packed 25-meter swimming event through Saturday, November 5.