A week after she obliterated the 1500m short-course record, Katie Ledecky broke another this time in the 800m as she stormed to victory at the FINA World Cup in Indianapolis.

The American shaved almost two seconds off Mireia Belmontes previous record of 7:59.34, setting a new best time of 7:57.42.

Ledecky almost broke this record last week when she completed the 1500m in record time with a split time of 8:00.58, a second off world-record pace.


I pushed myself a lot after last week, Ledecky said, according to FINAs, the sports world governing body, website.

Its great to have all these fans here to cheer us on. Its nice to have some benchmarks (in short course).

And like her record-breaking 1500m swim, Ledecky led from the first turn, always ahead of world-record pace, and never seemed to be troubled by her fellow competitors.

Only Canadas Summer McIntosh remained within touching distance of Ledecky, but she too dropped away from the American in the second half of the race and eventually finished in second, almost 10 seconds back.

I was putting some pressure on myself after my swim in Toronto. I wish I had done it in Toronto. Its always nice when you can hear a little bit of the crowd. Its a fun way to start the fall and kick off the season, Ledecky added.

We usually dont get the season started with an international level meet so its a little different for me.