Ledecky smashes 800m free world record


LOS ANGELES: Katie Ledecky crushed her own women’s 800m freestyle world record on Monday, clocking a stunning 8min 6.68sec to win at the Pro Swim meeting in Austin, Texas. The 18-year-old American obliterated the previous record of 8:07.39 that she set at the 2015 World Championships last August 8 in Kazan, Russia. And with the 2016 Rio Games still seven months away, the reigning 800m free Olympic champion again showed she’ll be a force to be reckoned with. She now owns nine of the top 10 times in history in the 800m free.


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