Race Video: Katie Ledecky Breaks 800 Freestyle World Record In Houston

Katie Ledecky smashed her 800 Freestyle World Record at the TWST Senior Invitational in Houston, Texas. She has been on fire all weekend. She broke the world record by two seconds in the 1500m freestyle, breaking Janet Evans’ 800 freestyle US Open record in the process. She had the fastest time in the world this year in the 400 freestyle, and today she re-breaks her 800 freestyle world record. Last year in Barcelona she broke the world record with a time of 8:13.86. She took nearly three seconds off from her swim less than a year ago.

Take a look at her official splits:

  • 50 – 28.91
  • 100 – 30.53 – 59.44
  • 150 – 31.05 – 1:30.49
  • 200 – 30.99 – 2:01.48
  • 250 – 30.84 – 2:32.32
  • 300 – 31.10 – 3:03.42
  • 350 – 30.92 – 3:34.34
  • 400 – 31.36 – 4:05.70
  • 450 – 30.86 – 4:36.56
  • 500 – 31.23 – 5:07.79
  • 550 – 30.88 – 5:38.67
  • 600 – 30.97 – 6:09.64
  • 650 – 22.176:31.81
  • 700 – 39.06 – 7:10.87
  • 750 – 30.66 – 7:41.53
  • 800 – 29.47 – 8:11.00

We were told a lap counter hit the touch pad as she was approaching the 650 meter mark. Note that the splits/times in red are not correct. 

That time is the fastest time in the world this year by more than 8 seconds. Jazmin Carlin had the previous fastest time with a 8:18.36, which is already very impressive by itself. Ledecky’s 800 split during her 1500 the other day was already faster than Carlin’s time. During that swim she split 8:16.18.

2014 LCM Women 800 Free TYR World Ranking

KatieUSA
LEDECKY
06/22
8.11.00*WR
2Jazmin
CARLIN
GBR8.15.5408/21
3Lauren
BOYLE
NZL8.18.8708/21
4Jessica
ASHWOOD
AUS8.19.7602/28
5Brittany
MacLEAN
CAN8.20.0208/21
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Her 400 split ranks as the 9th fastest swim in the world this year.

2014 LCM Women 400 Free TYR World Ranking

KatieUSA
LEDECKY
08/23
3.58.37*WR
2Jazmin
CARLIN
GBR4.03.2408/24
3Sharon
VAN ROUWENDAAL
NED4.03.7608/24
4Mireia
BELMONTE GARCIA
ESP4.03.8404/13
5Federica
PELLEGRINI
ITA4.04.4208/24
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Her swim today lowers the World record, National Age Group record, the American record, and the US Open record.

We took a look at the 17-18 boys all time rankings and Ledecky’s 800 time is the 86th fastest 800 ever swum by a 17-18 year old, male or female, in USA Swimming history.

This record will have to be ratified by FINA before being declared official. While in most cases, that is a given with records being set at national and international level meets, there’s no guarantees, for example, that Ledecky underwent the mandatory doping control after her race.

Special thanks to Mike Nordmann, the Woodlands Swim Team Age Group Coach, for providing SwimSwam with the race footage.

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beachmouse

I’m taking the lack of comments so far to be that we’re all speechless. 🙂

coacherik

Must be…

If you take that 100 and divide it by 2, its a pair of 30.62s. Give or take a few tenths either way, its still insane. Call either one a 31.low and that is still only five 50s out of 16 that are 31.36 or faster. Mind = blown.

coacherik

sorry, 31 or slower. Clearly, mind = blown…

KP

Holy cow! It stinks that the Olympics don’t have both the 800 and the 1500 for the women and men. She would be the overwhelming favorite to win 3 individual golds. Still could happen if her 200 keeps getting stronger, although it will always be tough to beat a long sprint specialist. She is definitely the most versatile freestyler I can remember since Sippy Woodhead.

On a different subject, I too would love to see Gold Medal Mel as a swimming commentator for NBC. (don’t worry Braden- they don’t televise that many meets, so he could still be here with us on Swimswam!!!)

Fun to hear the crowd start out fairly quiet and then get louder and more enthusiastic as the race went on. Must’ve been quite a treat to witness this swim in person!

Agree with KP about having GMM as the NBC color analyst. Change can be good.

mikeh

This young lady is simply unbelievable, a juggernaut. She is so much better than everyone else right now.

ML

Her stroke looks more balanced than before. Less galloping. I recall her coach saying somewhere that he wanted her to get a more immediate catch with her right arm, which she seems to be doing now. Also interesting to note her straight-arm action on the last 50; I hadn’t seen her do that before.

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