Katie Ledecky smashes second world record in week
Women's swimming phenom Katie Ledecky broke the women's record in the 800m on Saturday, one week after taking down the 1,500m short-course record.
Driving the news: Ledecky broke the previous record for the 800m, held by Spain's Mireia Belmonte, by nearly two seconds at the FINA World Cup in Indianapolis.
- Ledecky, 25, swam a time of 7:57.42, beating Belmonte’s previous record of 7:59.34 from 2013.
- "I pushed myself a lot after last week," Ledecky said, per FINA. "It’s great to have all these fans here to cheer us on."
The big picture: Ledecky has won three Olympic gold medals and four world championships in the 800 meters.
- "Honestly most of that emotion was just because it hurt a lot so when something hurts that much you want to see a great result like that," Ledecky said last weekend after breaking the 1,500-meter record by almost 10 seconds.
- "I felt good and very pleased with the outcome in both that and the 200m."
- Ledecky has won 10 Olympic medals, including seven gold medals — the most of any female swimmer, NPR reports.
Editor’s note: Erin Doherty, the author of this story, briefly swam on the same youth team as Katie Ledecky.