Ledecky breaks own 1,500-me­ter freestyle record

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Katie Ledecky of the United States broke her own 1,500-me­ter freestyle record in the heats of the world swimming cham­pi­onships in Kazan on Mon­day.

The 18-year-old, who also holds the 400- and 800-me­ter freestyle world records, clocked 15 min­utes 27.71 sec­onds to bet­ter the 15:28.36 sec­onds she swam at the Pan-Pa­cific Games on Aus­tralia’s Gold Coast in Au­gust last year.

She only re­cently fin­ished high school in Mary­land, but this is the eighth time the teenager has set a world record in her fledg­ling ca­reer.

It is the fourth time the de­fend­ing cham­pion has bro­ken the 1,500-me­ter record hav­ing first achieved the feat in Barcelona two years ago on her way to win­ning the world ti­tle.

She low­ered it again in Texas in June 2014 be­fore bet­ter­ing it once more in Aus­tralia on Aug. 24 last year, the day af­ter set­ting the cur­rent 400-me­ter freestyle world record.

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