“It feels really good. I’m pumped. I was so close to breaking it (this morning),” Ledecky said. “I felt good throughout. The swim was almost identical to this morning, but with a bit more pop on the last lap. It’s pure happiness.”
It was the sixth world record to fall in just two days of competition at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium. If you were a photographer you had to mark your spot by 10AM or there would be no spots left. That was the buzz at the pool in Rio.
Ledecky, who had come close to the record in the morning heats, led from start to finish to set a new mark of three minutes, 56.46 seconds, shaving 1.91 seconds off the previous best she set in Australia two years ago.
The 19-year-old is also overwhelming favorite to take the 800 meters freestyle, in which she won gold in London four years ago, and is also competing in the 200m freestyle.
If she wins all three, Ledecky – who also won a silver in the 4×100 freestyle relay on Saturday – will be the first women to achieve the feat since American Debbie Meyer at the Mexico City Olympics in 1968.
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