Official Race Video: Katie Ledecky Breaks 9:00 For 1000 Yard Free American Mark

Photo Courtesy: R-Sport / MIA Rossiya Segodnya

Superstar Katie Ledecky just broke the only major distance freestyle record she’s yet to take down, the 1000-yard freestyle.

Swimming at the NCAP Invitational live on Swimming World, Ledecky crushed the record by more than 10 seconds, dropping the record under the 9:00 barrier.

Ledecky clocked a time of 8:59.65 while swimming the 1000-yard free open championship.

That swim demolished the previous mark of Katie Hoff, who set it with a 9:10.77 back in 2007 in Baltimore while swimming for NBAC.

That’s a remarkable progression in the event, considering that Hoff shredded Kate Ziegler’s previous American record of 9:21.57 from the previous year.

Comparative splits:

 Event 123  Girls 15 & Over 1000 Yard Freestyle
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    Name                  Age Team                 Seed     Finals        
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  1 Ledecky, Kathleen      18 NCAP              9:11.31    8:59.65  
                 25.53        52.42 (26.89)
        1:19.94 (27.52)     1:47.36 (27.42)
        2:14.50 (27.14)     2:41.79 (27.29)
        3:09.06 (27.27)     3:36.53 (27.47)
        4:03.82 (27.29)     4:30.90 (27.08)
        4:58.16 (27.26)     5:25.18 (27.02)
        5:52.11 (26.93)     6:18.99 (26.88)
        6:45.98 (26.99)     7:13.18 (27.20)
        7:40.35 (27.17)     8:07.47 (27.12)
        8:34.13 (26.66)     8:59.65 (25.52)

Event 1 Girls Open 1000 Yard Freestyle
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Name Age Team Finals
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1 HOFF, KATIE 18 NORTH BALTIMORE 9:10.77
25.93 53.73 (27.80) 1:21.75 (28.02) 1:49.87 (28.12)
2:18.02 (28.15) 2:45.83 (27.81) 3:13.62 (27.79) 3:41.50 (27.88)
4:09.27 (27.77) 4:37.02 (27.75) 5:04.58 (27.56) 5:32.24 (27.66)
5:59.78 (27.54) 6:27.23 (27.45) 6:54.62 (27.39) 7:22.05 (27.43)
7:49.37 (27.32) 8:16.93 (27.56) 8:44.31 (27.38) 9:10.77 (26.46)

Ledecky now owns the 500, 1000, 1650-yard freestyle American record trifecta as well as the 400, 800, 1500-meter free World record triple.

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More to come. 

8 Comments

8 comments

  1. avatar
    Chris Colburn

    Negative split (4:28.75 coming home)!

  2. Dave Hoover

    A machine….a 25.5 on the last 50!

  3. avatar
    Steve

    The awesomeness of this win can be dissected many ways, but consider this: Katie swam two back to back 500s in average times faster than any other woman has swum a single 500. Simply incredible. In my mind, she’s the most exciting swimmer, male or female, in the world today.

    • avatar
      Brian

      I’d say we’re only a couple years away from calling her the greatest female swimmer of all time!

      • avatar
        Russ Davis

        Maybe a couple of minutes.

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Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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