Ledecky breaks own 1,500-meter freestyle record
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.