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.
Women’s 1500 free (first heat)
15:55.01, Kate Ziegler (USA)
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.