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Katie Ledecky set a new record for the 1,500-meter run — by almost 10 seconds: NPR


Katie Ledecky of the United States competes in the women’s 800m freestyle final at the 19th FINA World Championships in Hungary in June.

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Katie Ledecky set a new record for the 1,500-meter run — by almost 10 seconds: NPR

Katie Ledecky of the United States competes in the women’s 800m freestyle final at the 19th FINA World Championships in Hungary in June.

Anna Szilagyi/AP

US Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky broke the 1500m freestyle world record by almost 10 seconds.

At the Swimming World Cup in Toronto on Saturday, Ledecky clocked 15 minutes and 8 seconds, breaking the record of 15 minutes and 18 seconds set by Germany’s Sarah Wellbrock in 2019.

“I knew this record was in reach, just based on some things I did in training, especially my distance stuff felt really good this fall,” she said. . “So I felt locked into a rhythm and probably dropped a bit towards the end…but held it down enough to get the job done.”

Ledecky, 25, has the most Olympic gold medals of any female swimmer, at seven. On Sunday, she also came close to breaking the world record for the 800m freestyle in eight minutes. The record is seven minutes and 59 seconds. Still, she broke the American record for the event.




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