Katie Ledecky
Courtesy of: Azaria Basile
SHENANDOAH, Texas, June 19. THE American distance star just keeps on dropping jaws as NCAP's Katie Ledecky smashed her own world record in the women's 1500-meter free with a sizzling time of 15:34.23.

Ledecky's effort crushed her previous mark of 15:36.53 set at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, and provides a potentially scary time to come this summer as she starts to hit her taper meets.




Ledecky also beat the U.S. Open record in the 800 freestyle with a split time of 8:16.18. That had put Ledecky a second ahead of her world record split of 8:17.33. The previous U.S. Open record, denoting the fastest time swum in the 50 United States, was an 8:17.12 by Janet Evans back in 1988 at the U.S. nationals. That time had also been the world record until Evans' amazing 8:16.22 that lasted until 2008.

Comparative splits:

2014 2013
59.81 58.75
2:02.31 (1:02.50) 2:00.05 (1:01.30)
3:04.84 (1:02.53) 3:02.97 (1:02.92)
4:07.21 (1:02.37) 4:05.89 (1:02.92)
5:09.09 (1:01.88) 5:08.70 (1:02.88)
6:11.42 (1:02.33) 6:11.39 (1:02.69)
7:13.71 (1:02.29) 7:14.29 (1:02.90)
8:16.18 (1:02.47) 8:17.33 (1:03.04)
9:18.96 (1:02.78) 9:20.48 (1:03.15)
10:21.80 (1:02.84) 10:23.66 (1:03.18)
11:24.64 (1:02.84) 11:26.91 (1:03.25)
12:27.61 (1:02.97) 12:30.27 (1:03.36)
13:30.98 (1:03.37) 13:33.48 (1:03.21)
14:33.53 (1:02.55) 14:36.06 (1:02.58)
15:34.23 (1:00.70) 15:36.53 (1:00.47)


At last year's world championships, Ledecky had an amazing battle with Lotte Friis for the entire race. Today, Ledecky's only challenger was the clock, as she finished more than a minute ahead of the runner-up, teammate Isabella Rongione.

Ledecky's 800 split supplants Jazz Carlin's 8:18.36 as the fastest 800 meters of 2014. She just completed what appears to have been an amazing altitude training stint at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.