August 4, 2015 / 4:59 PM / 2 years ago

Ledecky breaks 1500 meters freestyle world record

Katie Ledecky of the U.S. poses with her gold medal after the women's 1500m freestyle final at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia, August 4, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) - American Katie Ledecky set a world record for the women’s 1500 meters freestyle at the world swimming championships on Tuesday.

Ledecky’s time of 15 minutes 25.48 seconds broke the previous record of 15:27.71 she set in the 1500m heats on Monday.

Reporting by Rod Gilmour, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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