Katie Ledecky breaks Mireia Belmonte’s 800 free world record


The American swimmer Katie Ledecky has beaten this morning at the World Cup in Indianapolis (United States) the world record for the 800-meter freestyle, after lowering the previous record of the Spanish Mireia Belmonte by two seconds.

The seven-time Olympic champion, who last week smashed the 1,500-meter freestyle world record in Toronto (Canada) by ten seconds – which was her first world record in the short course – swam in 7:57.42 to lower the mark of the Catalan swimmer, who set a 7:59.34 at the World Cup in Berlin in 2013.

“I pushed myself a lot after last week,” Ledecky confessed. “I put a little pressure on myself after I swam in Toronto, I wish I could have done it there. It’s always nice to hear from the fans, it’s a fun way to start the fall and the season,” he added.