Katie Ledecky Dominates with World Record in 1500m Prelims

by Cindy Adair 29

August 03rd, 2015 International, News

Katie Ledecky dominates distance freestyler, breaking her own World Record by 0.65 tonight. In a stunning display of power and technical expertise, it was hard to believe it was a prelim performance.

In a very smooth and calculated swim Ledecky’s cumulative splits were as follows:

  • 100m 59.09
  • 200m 2.01.83
  • 300m 3.04.01
  • 400m 4.06.41
  • 500m 5.08.95
  • 600m 6.11.18
  • 700m 7.13.42
  • 800m 8.15.29
  • 900m 9.17.76
  • 1000m 10.19.55
  • 1100m 11.21.84
  • 1200m 12.23.58
  • 1300m 13.25.50
  • 1400m 14.27.51
  • 1500m 15.27.71

Ledecky split the 500’s in roughly:

  • 5:09
  • 5:10
  • 5:08

Ledecky is now ideally placed to swim to win the Final as she will also contest the 200m Semi-Final one race after the 1500m.

Moving through to the Final in 2nd placed was Denmark’s Lotte Friis and in 3rd place was Jessica Ashwood (Australia). The Australian broke her national record on her way to the finals posting a lifetime best of 15.56.52.


2013 World Champion: Katie Ledecky, USA – 15:36.53
World Record: 15:28.36 – Katie Ledecky, USA – 2014
Championship Record: 15:36.53 – Katie Ledecky, USA – 2013

She may have missed her World Record when she won the 400 free relay last night, but USA’s Katie Ledecky was better than ever this morning in the prelims of the women’s 1500 free. She looked smooth the whole way through in a historic prelims swim to set a new world record.

Ledecky was leagues ahead of the rest of the field, dropping a 29.47 final 50 to set the new World Record at 15:27.71. She’ll have a chance to lower that even more in the final.

Behind her in that heat, Australia’s Jessica Ashwood swam a sub-16 minute time to qualify 3rd for the final in 15:56.52. Denmark’s Lotte Friis was also under 16 minutes. She ran away with heat 2 to qualify 2nd in 15:54.23.
Friis was over 7 seconds ahead of Chile’s Kristel Kobrich (time) who qualified 4th place. Kobrich came in just before New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle (16:02.84), who will also challenge for a medal tonight.

Boglarka Kapas (16:06.25), Sharon Van Rouwendaal (16:09.12), and Aurora Ponsele (16:12.01) closed out the qualifying spots for finals. Van Rouwendaal will be a contender for a 2nd medal in this race after picking up silver in the 400 free yesterday.

Top 8: Ledecky, USA; Friis, DEN; Ashwood, AUS; Kobrich, CHI; Boyle, NZL; Kapas, HUN; Van Rouwendaal, NED; Ponsele, ITA

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bobo gigi

I didn’t watch the prelims.
Is it real?
Either she was in total control and will swim 15.20 in final or she has lost some common sense forgetting she has a very tough 200 free to come.


Or she figures she needs to conserve energy for the 200 and decided to go for the WR in Prelims and go lighter in finals

bobo gigi

Maybe. But I’m a little worried for the end of her week. And I want to see a huge 800 free.
It’s time for her to put the 800 free WR at the same level as the other events. And I think she will not be fully satisfied as long as she doesn’t swim around 8.08.
Problem: the 800 free always comes at the end of the meet at worlds and at olympic games. That’s why I would have preferred to see her save energy in all her prelims and semifinals’ races until next Saturday.
But she can’t do it.


Philip Johnson

That is what I was thinking. I think that’s a smart strategy. I also thought she maybe just wanted to silence the crowd who thought she was slacking after her 400 swim.


So WRs keep coming in the prelims or semis, but not in finals. 🙂

bobo gigi

And you know I hate that!