RACE VIDEO: Watch Katie Ledecky shatter the world record in the 1500 free at Pan Pacs

Though it’s not the full 1500, race footage has surfaced of Katie Ledecky breaking the world record in the women’s mile. This video features the beginning and end of the race, plus some great underwater footage of the young distance phenom in action.

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From our 2014 Pan Pacific Championships Day 4 Finals recap:

Women’s 1500 free (first heat)

Meet record: 15:55.01, Kate Ziegler (USA)
American record: 15:34.23, Katie Ledecky
Australian record: 16:01.53, Melissa Gorman
Canadian record: 16:07.73 Brittany Reimer
Japanese record: 15:58.55 Ai Shibata
Australia All-comers record: 15:53.05 Kate Ziegler (USA)

With her fifth World Record of the summer, Katie Ledecky drops six second to improve her World Record to 15:28.36! To put that in perspective, the world record at this time last year was still 15:42, and she would have finished 18th at the US National Championships in the men’s 1500 meter freestyle.

The silver medal went to Lauren Boyle of New Zealand at 15:55.69. Brittany Maclean of Canada claimed the bronze with her time of 15:57.15. Cierra Runge finished fourth at 16:04.48.


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Yeah! The Canadian feed. Excellent! Thank you!


Did you see the legs she had left in the last 15 – 20 meters? It looked like she was racing the swimmer in lane 6 to the finish instead of lapping her (lapping someone in a PanPac Final!!).

That last 15… whoah…



This young lady is one incredible athlete. Athletes like her show up about once every 25 years or so. The PED allegations are simply preposterous. She was kicking rear ends at 15 and will continue to do so. She would probably be pretty darn good at any sport she tried. Her start and turns are as good or better than anyone elses and her swimming ain’t bad either.

Give her credit and enough of the PED garbage, it’s sour grapes.

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