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Ledecky smashes 800m free world record

LOS ANGELES: Katie Ledecky crushed her own women’s 800m freestyle world record on Sunday, clocking a stunning 8min 6.68sec to win at the Pro Swim meeting in Austin, Texas.

The 18-year-old American obliterated the previous record of 8:07.39 that she set at the 2015 World Championships last August 8 in Kazan, Russia.

And with the 2016 Rio Games still seven months away, the reigning 800m free Olympic champion again showed she’ll be a force to be reckoned with.

She now owns nine of the top 10 times in history in the 800m free.

She also holds the world record in the 400m free and the non-Olympic women’s event of 1500m free.

In Rio, Ledecky could line up in the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyles – and perhaps even the 100m free, in which she finished second in Austing this week.

Ledecky romped home on Sunday, with compatriot Becca Mann a distant second in 8:24.49. — AFP/NST

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