Katie Ledecky, coming down from altitude training for the 2016 Pro Swim Series at Austin, broke the World Record in the women’s 800 meter freestyle on Sunday swimming an 8:06.68.
Above is the video of Ledecky’s mind-boggling swim, courtesy of USA Swimming.
Report below by Robert Gibbs:
Sure, it would’ve been fun to see Katie Ledecky swim the 200 IM tonight after she qualified for the A-final by finishing seventh in the preliminaries. Watching her set yet another world record was even more fun.Ledecky capped off the final night of the 2016 Austin Pro Series meet with her most impressive swim of an impressive meet for her, as she broke her own world record in the 800 freestyle in 8:06.68, lowering the record time of 8:07.39 she set last summer at Kazan.
When asked after the race when she knew that she had a shot at the record, she made it clear it had been in her head going into the race, she replied, “I knew from the start that if I put it together the right way, I could have a pretty good swim.”
One one hand, describing a world record swim as “pretty good” is like describing the Mona Lisa as a “doodle.” On the other hand, we’re running out of superlatives to describe Ledecky’s swims, so “pretty good” works as well as anything else.
That’s the fourth time she’s broken the record. Here’s that progression:
All together, Ledecky has lowered the world record by over seven seconds in 29 months. It took 26 years to lower the world record by seven seconds to 8:13.