The United States ended up on top of the medal standings at the 2015 FINA World Championships, racking up a total of 8 golds, 10 silvers and 5 bronze medals at the conclusion of the meet.
Remarkably, Katie Ledecky was responsible, either in whole or in part, for an astounding 5 of those gold medals, as the 18-year old claimed the top prize in the 200m-400m-800m-1500m individual freestyle events, as well as a member of the 800m freestyle relay.
In winning those golds, Ledecky set three new World Records, first clocking a new 1500m mark of 15:27.71 in prelims, then lowering it in the final to a beyond impressive 15:25.48. Ledecky was also the first woman to ever register a sub-8:10 mark in the 800m freestyle, touching in a historic new world record time of 8:07.39.
As reported by SwimSwam’s Mitch Bowmile, here are some interesting facts about Ledecky’s medal haul at this World Championships:
FUN FACTS ABOUT LEDECKY’S 2015 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MEDAL HAUL
- Ledecky swam a total of 6,200 meters in order to claim her five gold medals
- Ledecky now has a total of nine world championship titles which ties her for having the second most out of all female swimmers behind only Missy Franklin who has 10
- Ledecky is the first swimmer to ever win four individual freestyle golds at a major international competition
- Ledecky set three world records at this meet, two in the 1500m freestyle (15:27.71, 15:25.48) and one in the 800m freestyle (8:07.39)
- Ledecky won the 200m freestyle final by 0.17 seconds
- Ledecky won the 400m freestyle final by 3.89 seconds
- Ledecky won the 800m freestyle final by 10.26 seconds
- Ledecky’s opening split in the 800m freestyle final would have finished third overall in the individual 400 final behind herself and Sharon Van Rouwendaal.
- Ledecky’s closing split in the 800m freestyle final would rank her 6th in the world in the individual 400 free.
- Ledecky won the 1500m freestyle final by 14.66 seconds
- Ledecky’s first 800 meters were faster than any swimmer has ever swam an individual 800m freestyle
- Ledecky’s closing 800 meters tied the fastest non-Ledecky performance ever (8:14.10)
- Ledecky split a 1:55.64 while anchoring the winning women’s 4x200m freestyle relay.
- When breaking her world record in the 800 free, she broke it by the largest margin since 1978 (3.61 seconds)
- Only the fourth woman to have ever won five gold medals at one edition of the world championships