Katie Ledecky Smashes 800 Free World Record in Conroe, Texas

Katie Ledecky has broken her 2nd distance World Record thus far of the 2014 Woodlands Swim Team Senior Invitational in Conroe, Texas on Sunday, going an 8:11.00 in the women’s 800 free.

That crushes the 8:13.86 that she did at last year’s World Championships, and though splits were not immediately available through Meet Mobile, all indications are that the majority of the difference came in the back-half of this race (she was 3:34.93 at Worlds at 350 meters, and 3:34.34 at the Woodlands Invite at 350 meters).

That time from Ledecky would have placed her 29th in the men’s 800 free at last year’s World Championships. That’s what Ledecky’s times have come to: the only fair comparison is to start classing her against male swimmers.

When splits are unveiled, they will likely reveal something around a 4:05 at 400 meters, which would rank her among the top 10 in the world on its own.

The next-fastest 800 freestyler in history is an 8:14.10 done by Rebecca Adlington at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

She’s coming back from an altitude training camp in Colorado Springs, and that seems to be working splendidly for her. It’s suddenly terrifying where she might be at when Nationals and Pan Pacs come around this summer.

Rounding out the competition that’s given her two world records, Ledecky grabbed a win in a sprint event: the 100m freestyle. Ledecky swam a 56.02 to beat Heather MacDougall who finished behind her in 58.13.

With the completion of that meet, Ledecky might’ve swam the greatest individual in-season performance in quite some time. With her times in the 1500 and 800 freestyles she became the first female swimmer to break a long course world record at an event that wasn’t the Olympics or the World Championships since the ban of the high-tech suits.

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This girl amazes me
Is it her fitness level, her technique, strength?
What’s her secret


This won’t end well with the international countries that will most likely insist that she uses drugs. But, how does she break world records while NOT tapered?


she has perfect technique…a VERY efficient stroke (stroke count MUCH lower than others) and quick turns, great underwaters…plus she’s incredibly focused and goal-oriented.

oh and she’s 17…so her energy is through the roof!



I’m really happy for her! Hopefully she could improve her speed and break the 400 Freestyle World Record.


She has one of the best underwater catches you’ll ever see.

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