Katie Ledecky, 18, is not only a young U.S. swimming sensation, but has also casually broken a world record in her latest competition.
Participating in the 1,500-meter freestyle record at the FINA World Swimming Championships held in Russia, Ledecky ended up out-swimming her previous record by an approximate two-thirds of a second.
She also "accidentally" broke the world record by clocking in at 15 minutes and 27.71 seconds.
"I'm in quite a bit of shock right now,'' Ledecky said, according to the AP. ''I was barely even focusing on this morning's swim. I was so relaxed."
Speaking to The Washington Post, she also went on to add: "It’s probably one of the coolest world records I’ve broken.”
Even though Ledecky's coach Bruce Gemmell had told her to “take it easy” so that she could save herself for finals the next day, the teenager managed to outdo her own best, and shrugged her shoulders as she reached the finish line, realizing that she had just broken a world record.
The athlete has high hopes for herself in the finals, claiming that she’s never been someone who’s swam slower in the final show.