Katie Ledecky smashes her own 1,500m record in pro debut

Katie Ledecky of the US celebrates after winning the women’s 1500m freestyle final during the World Swimming Championships at the Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona July 30, 2013. — Reuters pic
Katie Ledecky of the US celebrates after winning the women’s 1500m freestyle final during the World Swimming Championships at the Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona July 30, 2013. — Reuters pic

LOS ANGELES, May 17 — Five-time Olympic swimming champion Ledecky smashed her own 1,500m freestyle world record by five seconds yesterday in her first race as a professional.

The 21-year-old American star touched the wall in 15min 20.48sec at the Pro Swim event in Indianapolis, obliterating her previous best of 15:25.48 set at the World Championships in Kazan in 2015.

This week’s meet in Indianapolis is Ledecky’s first since turning professional following the NCAA championships in March.

Ledecky won gold in the 800m at the 2012 Olympics and followed it up with four golds and a silver at the Rio Olympics two years ago.

The 1,500m free will be introduced as an Olympic event for women at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. — AFP

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