Olympian tops her own record set in 2017 for fastest mark every recorded.
Orlando, FL, March 15, 2023 – In true GOAT form, Olympic Gold Medalist Katie Ledecky broke swimming records she set five years ago in the 1650 Yard Freestyle race held this past Sunday at the 2023 Florida Senior Championships at the Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center. Clocking in at an amazing 15:01.41, Ledecky shaved nearly two seconds off her previous record time of 15:03.31 set in November of 2017, while she was still a collegiate athlete at Stanford. The next closest competitor was more than a minute behind Ledecky, finishing second place at 16:08.78. Ledecky, who will turn 26 later this week, now owns the top seven times in this event known as the metric mile or 1500 meters. For additional perspective, the swimmer now holding onto the 8th best performance has a time more than 8 seconds behind Ledecky’s 7th best performance.
RAFC Executive Director Mike Miller was on-hand for the record-breaking race. He says it was Ledecky’s first time swimming the 1650 Freestyle competitively in five years. “Katie had no expectations for the event. She just wanted to get in the pool see how she could do,” Miller said. “Not only did Katie jump in and swim, but she also broke this amazing record in our pool. Truly astonishing,” added Miller.
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