World record progression 1500 metres freestyle

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The first world record in the men's 1500 metres freestyle in a long course (50 metres) swimming pool was recognised by the International Swimming Federation (FINA) in 1908.[1] In short course (25 metres) pools, the world's governing body recognizes world records since March 3, 1991.

Men[edit]

Long course[edit]

# Time Name Nationality Date Meet Location Ref
1 22:48.4 Henry Taylor  Great Britain Jul 25, 1908 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom [2]
2 22:00.0 George Hodgson  Canada Jul 10, 1912 Olympic Games Stockholm, Sweden
3 21:35.3 Arne Borg  Sweden Jul 8, 1923 - Gothenburg, Sweden
4 21:15.0 Arne Borg  Sweden Jan 30, 1924 - Sydney, Australia
5 21:11.4 Arne Borg  Sweden Jul 13, 1924 - Paris, France
6 20:06.6 Boy Charlton  Australia Jul 15, 1924 Olympic Games Paris, France
7 20:04.4 Arne Borg  Sweden Aug 18, 1926 - Budapest, Hungary
8 19:07.2 Arne Borg  Sweden Sep 2, 1927 European Championships Bologna, Italy
9 18:58.8 Tomikatsu Amano  Japan Aug 10, 1938 - Tokyo, Japan
10 18:35.7 Shiro Hashizume  Japan Aug 16, 1949 - Los Angeles, United States
11 18:19.0 Hironoshin Furuhashi  Japan Aug 16, 1949 - Los Angeles, United States
12 18:05.9 George Breen  United States May 3, 1956 - New Haven, United States
13 17:59.5 Murray Rose  Australia Oct 30, 1956 - Melbourne, Australia
14 17:52.9 George Breen  United States Dec 5, 1956 - Melbourne, Australia
15 17:28.7 John Konrads  Australia Feb 22, 1958 - Melbourne, Australia
16 17:11.0 John Konrads  Australia Feb 27, 1960 - Sydney, Australia
17 17:05.5 Roy Saari  United States Aug 17, 1963 - Tokyo, Japan
18 17:01.8 Murray Rose  Australia Aug 2, 1964 - Los Altos, United States
19 16:58.7 Roy Saari  United States Sep 2, 1964 - New York City, United States
20 16:58.6 Stephen Krause  United States Aug 15, 1965 - Maumee, United States
21 16:41.6 Michael Burton  United States Aug 21, 1966 - Lincoln, United States
22 16:34.1 Michael Burton  United States Aug 13, 1967 AAU Nationals Oak Park, United States
23 16:28.1 Guillermo Echevarria  Mexico Jul 7, 1968 Santa Clara Invitational Santa Clara, United States
24 16:08.57 Michael Burton  United States Sep 3, 1968 USA Olympic Trials Long Beach, United States
25 16:04.5 Michael Burton  United States Aug 17, 1969 AAU Nationals Louisville, United States
26 15:57.10 John Kinsella  United States Aug 23, 1970 AAU Nationals Los Angeles, United States
27 15:52.91 Rick DeMont  United States Aug 6, 1972 USA Olympic Trials Chicago, United States
28 15:52.58 Michael Burton  United States Sep 4, 1972 Olympic Games Munich, West Germany
29 15:37.80 Stephen Holland  Australia Aug 5, 1973 Pre World Championship meet Brisbane, Australia
30 15:31.85 Stephen Holland  Australia Sep 8, 1973 World Championships Belgrade, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
31 15:31.75 Tim Shaw  United States Aug 25, 1974 AAU Nationals Concord, United States
32 15:27.79 Stephen Holland  Australia Jan 25, 1975 New Zealand Games Christchurch, New Zealand
33 15:20.91 Tim Shaw  United States Jun 21, 1975 USA World Championship Trials Long Beach, United States
34 15:10.89 Stephen Holland  Australia Feb 27, 1976 AUS Olympic Trials Sydney, Australia
35 15:06.66 Brian Goodell  United States Jun 21, 1976 USA Olympic Trials Long Beach, United States
36 15:02.40 Brian Goodell  United States Jul 20, 1976 Olympic Games Montreal, Canada
37 14:58.27 Vladimir Salnikov  Soviet Union Jul 22, 1980 Olympic Games Moscow, Soviet Union
38 14:56.35 Vladimir Salnikov  Soviet Union Mar 13, 1982 URSvGDR Duel Moscow, Soviet Union
39 14:54.76 Vladimir Salnikov  Soviet Union Feb 22, 1983 URS Winter Nationals Moscow, Soviet Union
40 14:50.36 Jörg Hoffmann  Germany Jan 13, 1991 World Championships Perth, Australia
41 14:48.40 Kieren Perkins  Australia Apr 5, 1992 AUS Olympic Trials Canberra, Australia
42 14:43.48 Kieren Perkins  Australia Jul 31, 1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain
43 14:41.66 Kieren Perkins  Australia Aug 24, 1994 Commonwealth Games Victoria, Canada [3]
44 14:34.56 Grant Hackett  Australia Jul 29, 2001 World Championships Fukuoka, Japan [3]
45 14:34.14 Sun Yang  China Jul 31, 2011 World Championships Shanghai, China [4][5]
46 14:31.02 Sun Yang  China Aug 4, 2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom
Legend: # – Record awaiting ratification by FINA;
Records not set in finals: h – heat; sf – semifinal; r – relay 1st leg; rh – relay heat 1st leg; b – B final; – en route to final mark; tt – time trial

Short course[edit]

# Time Name Nationality Date Meet Location Ref
1 14:32.40 Kieren Perkins  Australia Feb 2, 1992 Grand Prix Canberra, Australia
2 14:26.52 Kieren Perkins  Australia Jul 14, 1993 - Auckland, New Zealand
3 14:19.55 Grant Hackett  Australia Sep 27, 1998 Australian SC Championships Perth, Australia [6]
4 14:10.10 Grant Hackett  Australia Aug 7, 2001 Australian SC Championships Perth, Australia [6]
5 14:08.06 Gregorio Paltrinieri  Italy Dec 4, 2015 European SC Championships Netanya, Israel [7]
Legend: # – Record awaiting ratification by FINA;
Records not set in finals: h – heat; sf – semifinal; r – relay 1st leg; rh – relay heat 1st leg; b – B final; – en route to final mark; tt – time trial

Women[edit]

Long course[edit]

# Time Name Nationality Date Meet Location Ref
1 25:06.6 Helen Wainwright  United States Aug 19, 1922 - New York City, United States
2 24:07.6 Ethel McGary  United States Dec 31, 1925 - Coral Gables, United States
3 24:00.2 Edith Mayne  Great Britain Sep 15, 1926 - Exmouth, United Kingdom
4 23:44.6 Martha Norelius  United States Jul 28, 1927 - Massapequa, United States
5 23:17.2 Helene Madison  United States Jul 15, 1931 - New York City, United States
6 22:36.7 Grete Frederiksen  Denmark Jun 26, 1936 - Copenhagen, Denmark
7 21:45.7 Ragnhild Hveger  Denmark Jul 3, 1938 - Helsinki, Finland
8 21:10.1 Ragnhild Hveger  Denmark Aug 11, 1940 - Helsinki, Finland
9 20:57.0 Ragnhild Hveger  Denmark Aug 20, 1941 - Copenhagen, Denmark
10 20:46.5 Lenie de Nijs  Netherlands Jul 23, 1955 - Utrecht, Netherlands
11 20:22.8 Jans Koster  Netherlands Aug 21, 1956 - Utrecht, Netherlands
12 20:03.1 Jans Koster  Netherlands Jul 27, 1957 - Hilversum, Netherlands
13 19:25.7 Ilsa Konrads  Australia Jan 13, 1960 - Sydney, Australia
14 19:23.6 Jane Cederqvist  Sweden Sep 8, 1960 - Uppsala, Sweden
15 19:02.8 Margareta Rylander  Sweden Jun 27, 1961 - Uppsala, Sweden
16 18:44.0 Carolyn House  United States Aug 16, 1962 - Chicago, United States
17 18:30.5 Patty Caretto  United States Jul 30, 1964 - Los Altos, United States
18 18:23.7 Patty Caretto  United States Aug 12, 1965 - Los Altos, United States
19 18:12.9 Patty Caretto  United States Aug 21, 1966 - Lincoln, United States
20 18:11.1 Debbie Meyer  United States Jul 9, 1967 Santa Clara Invitational Santa Clara, United States
21 17:50.2 Debbie Meyer  United States Aug 20, 1967 AAU Nationals Philadelphia, United States
22 17:31.2 Debbie Meyer  United States Aug 21, 1968 - Los Angeles, United States
23 17:19.9 Debbie Meyer  United States Aug 17, 1969 AAU Nationals Louisville, United States
24 17:19.20 Cathy Calhoun  United States Aug 28, 1971 AAU Nationals Houston, United States
25 17:00.6 Shane Gould  Australia Dec 12, 1971 - Sydney, Australia
26 16:56.9 Shane Gould  Australia Feb 11, 1973 AUS Nationals Adelaide, Australia
27 16:54.14 Jo Harshbarger  United States Aug 25, 1973 USA World Championship Trials Louisville, United States
28 16:49.9 Jennifer Turrall  Australia Dec 9, 1973 Top-level meet Sydney, Australia
29 16:48.2 Jennifer Turrall  Australia Jan 9, 1974 NSW State Championships Sydney, Australia
30 16:43.4 Jennifer Turrall  Australia Jul 13, 1974 - Sydney, Australia
31 16:39.28 Jennifer Turrall  Australia Aug 3, 1974 Los Angeles Invitational Los Angeles, United States
32 16:33.94 Jennifer Turrall  Australia Aug 25, 1974 AAU Nationals Concord, United States
33 16:24.60 Alice Browne  United States Aug 21, 1977 AAU Nationals Mission Viejo, United States
34 16:14.93 Tracey Wickham  Australia Feb 8, 1978 Invitational Brisbane, Australia
35 16:06.63 Tracey Wickham  Australia Feb 25, 1979 AUS Nationals Perth, Australia
36 16:04.49 Kim Linehan  United States Aug 19, 1979 AAU Nationals Fort Lauderdale, United States
37 16:00.73 Janet Evans  United States Jul 31, 1987 USA Nationals & Pan Pacific Trials Orlando, United States
38 15:52.10 Janet Evans  United States Mar 26, 1988 USA Spring Nationals Orlando, United States
39 15:42.54 Kate Ziegler  United States Jun 17, 2007 TYR Meet of Champions Mission Viejo, United States [8]
40 15:36.53 Katie Ledecky  United States Jul 30, 2013 World Championships Barcelona, Spain [9]
41 15:34.23 Katie Ledecky  United States Jun 19, 2014 Woodlands Senior Invitational Meet Shenandoah, United States [10]
42 15:28.36 Katie Ledecky  United States Aug 24, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships Gold Coast, Australia [11]
43 15:27.71 h Katie Ledecky  United States Aug 3, 2015 World Championships Kazan, Russia [12][13]
44 15:25.48 Katie Ledecky  United States Aug 4, 2015 World Championships Kazan, Russia [14]
45 15:20.48 Katie Ledecky  United States May 16, 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series Indianapolis, United States [15]
Legend: # – Record awaiting ratification by FINA;
Records not set in finals: h – heat; sf – semifinal; r – relay 1st leg; rh – relay heat 1st leg; b – B final; – en route to final mark; tt – time trial

Short course[edit]

# Time Name Nationality Date Meet Location Ref
1 15:43.31 Petra Schneider  East Germany Jan 10, 1982 - Gainesville, United States
2 15:42.39 Laure Manaudou  France Nov 20, 2004 Regional meet La Roche-sur-Yon, France [16]
3 15:32.90 Kate Ziegler  United States Oct 12, 2007 Alex Athletics Jubiläums Challenge Essen, Germany [16]
4 15:28.65 Lotte Friis  Denmark Nov 29, 2009 Local Club Meet Copenhagen, Denmark [17]
5 15:26.95 Mireia Belmonte  Spain Nov 29, 2013 Spanish Championships Castelló de la Plana, Spain [18]
6 15:22.68 Lauren Boyle  New Zealand Aug 9, 2014 Wellington Winter Championships Wellington, New Zealand [19]
7 15:19.71 Mireia Belmonte  Spain Dec 12, 2014 Spanish Championships Sabadell, Spain [20]
Legend: # – Record awaiting ratification by FINA;
Records not set in finals: h – heat; sf – semifinal; r – relay 1st leg; rh – relay heat 1st leg; b – B final; – en route to final mark; tt – time trial

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Cook, Theodore (1908). The fourth Olympiad London 1908 Official Report (PDF) (Report). The British Olympic Association. p. 296. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
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