Katie Ledecky Making Sub-4:00 Look Pedestrian With Meet Record to Defend 400 Free Title at 2015 FINA World Championships

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Out under world-record pace at the 300-meter mark, USA’s Katie Ledecky settled for a meet record with the third-best time ever in the women’s 400-meter free at the 2015 FINA World Championships.

Ledecky, who already has a pair of 3:58s to her credit with the world record 3:58.37 from the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships as well as a 3:58.86 from the 2014 USA Swimming Summer Nationals, just missed her third 3:58 with a meet-record time of 3:59.13.

That swim clipped Federica Pellegrini’s former meet mark of 3:59.15 from the 2009 World Championships as Ledecky defended her 2013 title when she posted a 3:59.82 for the win.

All Time 400 Frees

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Before Ledecky came around, Pellegrini had the only sub 4:00 swim in the history of the sport.  Ledecky has now accomplished the feat five times.

The Netherlands’ Sharon Van Rouwendaal earned a distant silver with a 4:03.02.  That swim still broke her national record of 4:03.76 from 2014 as she moved to second in the world behind Ledecky.

Australia’s Jessica Ashwood grabbed bronze in 4:03.34 with an Oceania record time, downing Kylie Palmer’s Australian record of 4:03.40.

Great Britain’s Jaz Carlin (4:03.74), New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle (4:04.38), Spain’s Melani Costa (4:06.50), Italy’s Diletta Carli (4:07.30) and Hungary’s Boglarka Kapas (4:08.22) rounded out the championship finale.


  • Women’s 100 fly semis
  • Men’s 400 free finals
  • Women’s 200 IM semis
  • Men’s 50 fly semis
  • Women’s 400 free finals
  • Men’s 100 breast semis
  • Women’s 400 free relay finals
  • Men’s 400 free relay finals




Author: Jason Marsteller

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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