Ledecky breaks world record in women’s 800m freestyle at World Cup meet


Katie Ledecky broke her second world record in simply over every week on Saturday.

The American Olympic star swam to a world record of seven minutes, 57.42 seconds in the women’s 800-metre freestyle at a FINA Swimming World Cup meet in Indianapolis.

The earlier record of seven:59.34 by Spain’s Mireia Belmonte had stood since 2013.

The 10-time Olympic medallist gained by almost 10 seconds over Canadian silver medallist Summer McIntosh. Ledecky earned a $10,000 US bonus.

Indianapolis is one among three stops on the World Cup circuit organized by FINA, the world governing physique for aquatic sports activities. The earlier two have been in Berlin and Toronto.

Ledecky, who earned her third straight Olympic gold in the 800m freestyle in Tokyo final yr, smashed the short-course world record in the 1,500 metres freestyle by almost 10 seconds final Saturday in Toronto (15:08.24).

“I believe I used to be placing a number of strain on myself after final week,” Ledecky stated. “Having the followers right here cheering me on meant rather a lot.”

WATCH | Ledecky smashes women’s 1,500m freestyle world record:

Katie Ledecky annihilates 1,500m freestyle world record by virtually 10 seconds

American Katie Ledecky wins gold in the women’s 1,500m freestyle with a world record time of 15:08.24, breaking of Sarah Kohler‘s earlier mark of 15:18.01

Ledecky’s newest world record was her seventeenth since 2013, her second in quick course (25-metre pool) and second set in Indianapolis. She set the world record in lengthy course (50-metre pool) in the 1,500 freestyle with a time of 15:20.48 in this natatorium on May 16, 2018.

Ledecky has seven Olympic gold medals and 19 world championship golds, each essentially the most by a feminine swimmer.


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