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.

All other Pan Pacs race videos here.

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68BtNNtN8RM

In This Story

15
Leave a Reply

Subscribe
Notify of
15 Comments
oldest
newest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Lane Four
6 years ago

Yeah! The Canadian feed. Excellent! Thank you!

MarkB
6 years ago

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!!).

Reply to  MarkB
6 years ago

That last 15… whoah…

SMASH

billy
6 years ago

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.

Roger von Oech
6 years ago

I very much liked the Canadian commentators — especially the color analyst. Anyone know his name? I think I heard him referred to as “Byron.”

NBC should hire him to replace Rowdy Gaines.

billy
Reply to  Roger von Oech
6 years ago

I think the commentator is Byron McDonald, a former Michigan Wolverine and Canadian Olympic swimmer. He won the bronze medal in the 1972 Olympics in the 100 Butterfly. He also coaches at the University of Toronto.

Please correct me if I am wrong.

whoknows
Reply to  billy
6 years ago

No medal at Olympics. Won gold at 1970 Commonwealth Games in 100 fly.

whoknows
Reply to  Roger von Oech
6 years ago

It’s Byron MacDonald. He has been the Canadian commentator for decades. He competed in the 1972 Olympics in the 100 fly for Canada. He indeed brings his passion for the sport of swimming to the TV screens of Canada (and Pacific NW where had been able to pick up the Canadian broadcast of Olympics etc.)

northern sue
6 years ago

Do you know if the Australian broadcast version is available? The Australian version of Katie’s 400m free victory is available, and I really liked the call on that one.

mcmflyguy
6 years ago

sportcenter picks 3 stars, 3 athletes that did something awesome over the weekend, and one of the news casters picked Katie ledecky as his star. It was awesome to see swimming on USA ESPN.

About Jared Anderson

Jared Anderson

Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

Read More »