“It’s very exciting because I feel like only yesterday I was in Barcelona in my first worlds,” Ledecky was quoted as saying by The Guardian. “It’s great to be representing Team USA year after year, it’s an honor and a privilege, and that’s why I work so hard.”
It was a dominant performance from the dominant force in women’s distance freestyle. Ledecky’s time is 15:30.15, though he was about 10 seconds short of the world record, more than eight seconds faster than any other woman who has ever completed this event.
The American left the rest of the field in her wake, finishing 14.74 seconds ahead of fellow silver medalist Katie Grimes.
16-year-old Grimes has become the second-youngest 1500m medalist at the world championships since Ledecky herself first won the event in 2013.
“It’s great to be on the blocks next to her, to be in the lane next to her, and to share this moment with her is really special,” Ledecky said, according to swimming website SwimSwam.
The 1,500-meter freestyle is Ledecky’s second gold medal at these world championships after winning the 400-meter freestyle on Saturday.
She still has two events to compete in these tournaments: the 4x200m freestyle relay on Wednesday and the 800m freestyle on Thursday and Friday where she could become the first swimmer to win five consecutive world titles in a single event.
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