Video: Katie Ledecky Drops Sub Four-Minute 400m Freestyle In Austin


After a best time in the 100 free to open the session, Katie Ledecky swam a sub 4-minute 400 meter freestyle on Friday, marking another first for her illustrious and growing resume. This is the first time that Ledecky has swum a sub-4:00 time in the 400 meter free on the back end of a double within a session.


Speaking of dirty doubles, as if Ledecky didn’t already blow our minds with her scorching 53.75 100m freestyle, she turns right around and sets a new pool record in the 400m free event. 3:59.54 got the job done for Ledecky tonight, as she started out under World Record pace, yet finished about 5 seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

Ledecky’s time tonight was less than a second off of the U.S. Open Record, which she holds at 3:58.86. She now represents the only sub-4-minute swimmer of the season, but still holds the top 2 times in the world this season.

Additionally, Ledecky’s swim tonight was the 5th-fastest mark of all time.  (Guess who holds all but 1 of ’em?)

3:58.37 – Ledecky 2014
3:58.86 – Ledecky 2014
3:59.13 – Ledecky 2015
3:59.15 – Pellegrini 2009
3:59.54 – Ledecky 2016

Silver tonight went to Leah Smith with her swim of 4:04.74, the 4th-fastest time of her career. Bronze went to Becca Mann in 4:07.09, a personal best for the North Baltimore Aquatic Club swimmer.

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Mitch worked for 5-years with SwimSwam news as a web producer focusing on both Canadian and international content. He coached for Toronto Swim Club for four seasons as a senior coach focusing on the development of young swimmers. Mitch is an NCCP level 2 certified coach in Canada and an ASCA Level …

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