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Katie Ledecky shatters world record in 1,500-meter freestyle: “It hurt a lot”

Katie Ledecky is having a nice time in her first aggressive occasion of the season on the FINA Swimming World Cup. The star American swimmer set a world record in the 1,500-meter freestyle on Saturday night time on the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.

“I knew that record was within reach just based on some things I’ve done in training, especially my distance stuff (as it) has felt really good this fall,” Ledecky stated. “So I felt locked into the pace.”

The 10-time Olympic medalist — who would not compete in short-course occasions fairly often — completed in 15:08.24, taking almost 10 seconds off the earlier record set by Germany’s Sarah Wellbrock (15:18.01) in 2019.

Katie Ledecky of the United States of America celebrates after she wins the 1,500-meter freestyle in world-record time at the World Cup short course swimming finals at the Pan Am Sports Centre in Toronto, October 29, 2022.
Katie Ledecky of the United States of America celebrates after she wins the 1,500-meter freestyle in world-record time on the World Cup brief course swimming finals on the Pan Am Sports Centre in Toronto, October 29, 2022.

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Canada’s Summer McIntosh, who additionally set a world junior mark when she edged Ledecky in the 400 free on Friday, completed first in the 400 medley in 4:21.49 to steer a Canadian sweep.

“Throughout the entire race I felt really in control and strong so I’m really happy,” she stated.

Sydney Pickrem was second in 4:28.45, and Bailey Andison was third in 4:29.36.

McIntosh, a 16-year-old from Toronto, trimmed almost two seconds off the earlier world junior mark set by China’s Shiwen Ye (4:23.33) in 2012.

Ledecky, a Maryland native, took gold forward of Beatriz Dizotti of Brazil (15:48.82) and Laila Oravsky of Canada, who was third in 16:16.86.

“It’s just so unreal to be a part of something so amazing,” Oravsky stated. “That was the fastest 1,500 that was just swum and I was a part of that. It’s crazy.”

Maggie Mac Neil of Canada improved her nationwide record in the ladies’s 50-meter butterfly, ending first in 24.75 seconds. American Beata Nelson received the ladies’s 100 backstroke, and Shaine Casas of the U.S. completed first in the lads’s 200-meter medley.

One of the most important roars from the near-capacity crowd got here at Ledecky’s end. She splashed the water after trying up on the scoreboard to see her world-record time.

“Honestly most of that emotion was just because it hurt a lot,” she stated. “When something hurts that much, you want to see a great result like that. It was just mostly happiness. I felt good and I was very pleased with the outcome.”

She returned to the pool a brief time later for the 200 free and took silver in 1:52.31 behind Hong Kong’s Siobhan Bernadette Haughey.

“I didn’t have any super type of preparation for this meet,” Ledecky stated. “I just wanted to come in and race some international swimmers. These meets (Toronto and next week in Indianapolis) are on North American soil so I just had fun with it.”

Ledecky’s feat comes a little greater than a year after she claimed the first-ever gold medal in the ladies’s 1,500-meter freestyle on the Tokyo Olympics.

“I just tried to enjoy it and soak in every moment,” she instructed “CBS Mornings” co-host Gayle King after the Olympics.

Ledecky stated she’s already trying ahead to the following Summer Games.

“I really hope I have the opportunity to represent Team USA in Paris,” she stated. “… I’ll be back with some new goals for 2024.”

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