Katie Ledecky wins race by 54 seconds, breaks record
Katie Ledecky is back at Stanford and back to pulverizing distance races.
The sophomore and five-time Olympic champion won a 1,650-yard freestyle by 54.45 seconds at a meet at Texas A&M on Saturday night.
The runner-up was in a different heat; Ledecky won her heat by 1:02.16.
Ledecky lowered her own American record, clocking 15:03.31. She had the previous mark of 15:03.92 set last Nov. 20.
Ledecky had every swimmer lapped in the 25-yard pool before the halfway point and ended up lapping everyone twice.
The men also raced a 1,650 on Saturday. The winner clocked 15:18.95, which was 15.64 seconds slower than Ledecky’s time.
The 1,650 is the longest race on the NCAA program, while the longest race at the Olympics and world championships is the 1500m.
The No. 2 woman all-time in the 1,650 is triple 2008 Olympic medalist Katie Hoff, a full 21.04 seconds slower.
Ledecky owns the 1500m world record, too, 13.4 seconds faster than any other woman in history.
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