Watch Katie Ledecky Smash 1500 World Record – 15:20.48 (VIDEO)

2018 TYR PRO SWIM SERIES – INDIANAPOLIS

Originally reported by Karl Ortegon.

It didn’t take long. In the very first race of Katie Ledecky‘s professional career, she has broken her own world record in the 1500 free.

Taking a full five seconds off of her old mark and racing at the 2018 Pro Swim Series in Indy, Ledecky charged to a 15:20.48, finishing almost fifty seconds ahead of 2nd place’s Erica Sullivan (16:09.88). This is the first best time in long course in this event for Ledecky in three years– her previous best, which also stood as the previous world record, was a 15:25.48 from the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia. That’s a clean five full seconds off of the old mark.

Video courtesy of USA Swimming. 

SPLITS

28.09
30.41
30.76
200 split 2:00.25 30.99
30.86
31.39
31.21
400 split 4:04.88 31.17
30.98
30.96
30.70
30.77
30.99
30.85
30.75
800 split 8:11.70 30.82
30.82
30.68
30.76
1000 split 10:14.83 30.87
30.60
30.72
30.90
30.89
30.68
30.81
30.84
30.44
30.55
Final time 15:20.48 29.22

In Budapest, Ledecky was a disappointing 8:12.68 — she split faster than that in her race today by almost a full second. Additionally, after (relatively speaking) cruising the 400, she never went above 31.0 again, showcasing her remarkable pacing abilities and immense grit.

This was Ledecky’s first official swim as a professional athlete after she announced in March she’d be foregoing her remaining two seasons of NCAA eligibility. Ledecky raced for the Stanford Cardinal the last two seasons, dominating the distance events in the collegiate world. That said, Ledecky was unable to produce best times last summer at the 2017 World Championships, and she started to fall off of her mark in yards this season, too.

In less than two months since the 2018 NCAAs, however, it’s as if she’s a teenager again, going big lifetime bests with every swim.

Ledecky is now a full eighteen (18) seconds faster than anyone else in history– the next best performer, ever, is Denmark’s Lotte Friis, who went a 15:38.88 in 2013. That time actually came during a tight race with Ledecky, who was then just 16, at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona. Ledecky won gold there with a 15:36.53, which was a WR at the time.

Ledecky, 21 years old, now holds the eight fastest times in this event in history.

TOP PERFORMANCES OF ALL TIME – WOMEN’S 1500 FREE

  1. Katie Ledecky – 15:20.48 (2018)
  2. Katie Ledecky – 15:25.48 (2015)
  3. Katie Ledecky – 15:27.71 (2015)
  4. Katie Ledecky – 15:28.36 (2014)
  5. Katie Ledecky – 15:31.82 (2017)
  6. Katie Ledecky – 15:34.23 (2014)
  7. Katie Ledecky – 15:35.65 (2017)
  8. Katie Ledecky – 15:36.53 (2013)

TOP PERFORMERS OF ALL TIME – WOMEN’S 1500 FREE

  1. Katie Ledecky (USA) – 15:20.48 (2018)
  2. Lotte Friis (DEN) – 15:38.88 (2013)
  3. Lauren Boyle (NZL) – 15:40.14 (2015)
  4. Kate Ziegler (USA) – 15:42.54 (2007)
  5. Alessia Filippi (ITA) – 15:44.93 (2009)
  6. Boglarka Kapas (HUN) – 15:47.09 (2015)
  7. Jazmin Carlin (GBR) – 15:47.26 (2013)
  8. Mireia Belmonte (ESP) – 15:50.89 (2017)

In This Story

27
Leave a Reply

Subscribe
Notify of
27 Comments
oldest
newest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Caeleb Dressel Will Win 9 Gold Medals in Tokyo
3 years ago

I was worried about her. I thought she was declining a lot. But then…. wow. No words. Katie Ledecky showed she is still at her best.

louiggi

back in bruce’s program…just a warm up, more to follow

Stan Crump
Reply to  louiggi
3 years ago

Expand this?

GLEE
3 years ago

Don’t want to put the mocca on her , but such a champion , we can only imagine that <15:00:00 is not far from reality for her.

Jim C
Reply to  GLEE
3 years ago

Obviously she can go faster than 15 minutes in SCM. She will very likely go faster than the SCM record in LCM later this year.

Pvdh
3 years ago

Her stroke looks very controlled compared to the wild style of her early career.

samuel huntington
3 years ago

speechless, 18 seconds faster than anyone else, over one second per 100!

taa
Reply to  samuel huntington
3 years ago

Some of the guys are still faster

Ex Quaker
Reply to  taa
3 years ago

Some = 2

X Glide
3 years ago

Is she back with Bruce Gemmell or is she still training at Stanford?

X Glide
Reply to  X Glide
3 years ago

Woops nevermind. Announcer said she’s representing Stanford

X Glide
Reply to  X Glide
3 years ago

And she’s wearing Stanford gear…

Snarky
3 years ago

Fifteen minutes of my life well spent. Other than the crappy music and lame cheering that was awesome.

Hswimmer
Reply to  Snarky
3 years ago

The music wasn’t bad but it was NOT loud enough.

Snarky
Reply to  Hswimmer
3 years ago

A slow John Mayer song during a race? Not inspiring.

SwimFL
3 years ago

Her technique is different. There is no loping stroke with a lot of head movement. I am glad to see her have a smooth stroke.

Sir Swimsalot
3 years ago

Such a pleasure to watch her kick major butt after last year.

About Torrey Hart

Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

Read More »