2022 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- June 18-25, 2022 (pool swimming)
- Budapest, Hungary
- Duna Arena
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With her win in the 1500 free today, Katie Ledecky continues her ten-year long (and going) reign of dominance in women’s distance freestyle. She swam a time of 15:30.15, which is her fastest time since 2020. It is also significantly faster than the 15:37.34 she swam at the Tokyo Olympic games last year. In addition, her swim is also the sixth-fastest performance in the history of the event, with only five of her own previous times being quicker. Ledecky’s time today is over eight seconds faster than any other woman has been in the women’s 1500 free, as the second-fastest performer in the event is Denmark’s Lotte Friis, who has a best time of 15:38.88.
The American now owns the top 13 performances in the history of the women’s 1500 free.
Top Peformances In The Women’s 1500 Free:
- Katie Ledecky – 15:20.48 (2018)
- Katie Ledecky – 15:25.48 (2015)
- Katie Ledecky – 15:27.71 (2015)
- Katie Ledecky – 15:29.36 (2014)
- Katie Ledecky – 15:29.51 (2020)
- Katie Ledecky – 15:30.15 (2022)
Ledecky takes home her 17th world championship title and her 13th individual title, being jusst two golds away from typing Michael Phelps as the swimmer with the most individual world championship titles. Her performance today was her fourth 1500 free world title, as she also won the event in 2013, 2015, and 2017. She didn’t swim the event in 2019, having to withdraw from it due to an illness.
The interesting thing is that Ledecky was actually faster than her world record pace for the first 500 meters of her race, but then faded after that. However, she still closed in a 29.56 final 50, similar to the 29.22 she closed in when she broke her world record in 2018. We are starting to see a pattern of Ledecky taking out her distance races very hard, as she also opened her 800 free at U.S. trials on world record pace but then ended up finishing five seconds slower.
|Katie Ledecky, 2022 World Championships||Katie Ledecky, 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series (World Record)|