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Bethesda's Ledecky smashes mark in 1,500-meter free at FINA worlds
Bethesda's Ledecky smashes mark in 1,500-meter free at FINA worlds

Perhaps it was the fact that Bethesda swimmer Katie Ledecky thrives on pulling away early thanks to fast starts. Or maybe it was that Denmark's Lotte Friis chose to challenge her, even outpace her at times, in the women's 1,500-meter freestyle on the third night at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. But when it was all said and done at Palau Sant Jordi, Ledecky not only sped away after 1,300 meters of racing to take the world title by 2.35 seconds, but in the process, she did it in 15 minutes, 36.53 seconds. Her effort broke the longest-standing women's world record, set by Great Falls, Va., native Kate Ziegler in 2007, by 6.01 seconds. The win also marked...

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