Offbeat Ledecky smashes own 1,500m freestyle record in pro debut

15:26  17 may  2018
15:26  17 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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World record -holder Katie Ledecky blazed to victory in the women's 1 , 500 m freestyle at the Santa Clara Pro Swim on Thursday in 15min 35.65sec -- the fifth-fastest time in history. It's also the fifth-fastest time ever by Ledecky herself -- who now owns the six fastest swims in the event.

American teenager Katie Ledecky smashed the world record in the women's 1 , 500 metres freestyle final by more than six seconds during a glittering session for the United States at the world championships in Barcelona, Spain on Tuesday (July 30).

Five-time Olympic swimming champion Katie Ledecky has smashed her own 1,500m freestyle world record by five seconds © Provided by AFP Five-time Olympic swimming champion Katie Ledecky has smashed her own 1,500m freestyle world record by five seconds

Five-time Olympic swimming champion Katie Ledecky smashed her own 1,500m freestyle world record by five seconds on Wednesday in her first race as a professional.

The 21-year-old American star touched the wall in 15min 20.48sec at the Pro Swim event in Indianapolis, obliterating her previous best of 15:25.48 set at the World Championships in Kazan in 2015.

"I was pretty surprised when I saw the '20,'" Ledecky said with a little laugh, adding that she thought as the swim unfolded that she would be somewhere under 15:30, maybe.

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Katie Ledecky of the United States finally succumbed to her emotions on the podium after destroying the field in the 800 metres freestyle on Friday and smashing her own world record to complete a rare Olympic swimming treble.

American teenager Katie Ledecky broke the women's 1 , 500 m freestyle record by an astonishing 6.01seconds, as she won gold in 15 minutes 36.53 seconds, at the 15th FINA World Championships here on Tuesd.

"When I saw the 15:20 I was pretty shocked," she said.

This week's meet in Indianapolis is Ledecky's first since turning professional following the NCAA collegiate championships in March.

"My first pro swim -- that's one I'll never forget," said Ledecky, who added that so far she hadn't felt any different in her first meet as a professional.

Ledecky won gold in the 800m at the 2012 Olympics and followed it up with four golds and a silver at the Rio Olympics two years ago.

The 1,500m free will be introduced as an Olympic event for women at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Ledecky was under world-record pace for much of Wednesday's race and touched 49 seconds clear of the nearest finisher in her heat.

She now owns the eight fastest times in history in the event dating to 2013 and has 14 career world-record swims.

"It's a feeling that never gets old," said Ledecky, who hadn't set a world record since the Rio Games.

"I knew I was going to have a good swim," Ledecky said. "I've just been training really, really well, doing some things that I haven't done before.

"I didn't know if the good training that I've put in these past six weeks was going to translate immediately here or if it was going to be down the road. I got into the race and felt good and just tried to hold steady the whole way."

Ledecky will have plenty more chances to impress in Indianapolis, where she is also entered in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle and the 200m and 400m individual medley.

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