Swimming: Ledecky breaks her own 1,500m freestyle world record

Katie Ledecky from the US celebrates after setting a new World Record in the women's 1500m freestyle heats at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia on Aug 3, 2015.
Katie Ledecky from the US celebrates after setting a new World Record in the women's 1500m freestyle heats at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia on Aug 3, 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS

KAZAN (AFP) - Katie Ledecky of the United States broke her own 1,500m freestyle record in the heats of swimming's World Championships in Kazan, Russia, on Monday.

The 18-year-old, who also holds the 400m and 800m freestyle world records, clocked 15min 27.71sec to better the 15:28.36 she swam at the Pan-Pacific Games on Australia's Gold Coast in August last year.

She only recently finished high school in Maryland, but this is the eighth time the teenager has set a world record in her fledgling career.

It is the fourth time the defending champion has broken the 1,500m record having first achieved the feat in Barcelona two years ago on her way to winning the world title.

She lowered it again in Texas in June last year before bettering it once more in Australia on Aug 24 last year, the day after setting the current 400m freestyle world record.