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Katie Ledecky crushes WR in 1500 free at worlds

Tuesday - 7/30/2013, 2:28pm  ET

Katie Ledecky of the United States celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Women's 1500m freestyle final at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Ledecky set a new word record of 15:36.53. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

AP National Writer

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Katie Ledecky has crushed the world record in the 1,500 freestyle for her second gold medal at the world swimming championships.

The 16-year-old American barely missed the world record in the 400 freestyle, but there was no doubt it would fall in the 1,500. Ledecky and defending world champion Lotte Friis went at it stroke for stroke much of the race, the Danish swimmer slightly ahead.

But Ledecky edged out front at the 1,300 mark and began to pull away, looking as strong at the end as she did at the beginning. Her time of 15 minutes, 36.53 seconds beat the previous mark by more than 6 seconds -- Kate Ziegler's 15:42.54 in 2007.

Friis also went under the old record, 15:38.88, but it was only good enough for silver.

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