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  Taylor , Henry Henry Taylor  Great Britain Jul 25, 1908 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom
2  22:00.0  Hodgson , George George Hodgson  Canada Jul 10, 1912 Olympic Games Stockholm, Sweden
3  21:35.3  Borg , Arne Arne Borg  Sweden Jul 8, 1923 - Gothenburg, Sweden
4  21:15.0  Borg , Arne Arne Borg  Sweden Jan 30, 1924 - Sydney, Australia
5  21:11.4  Borg , Arne Arne Borg  Sweden Jul 13, 1924 - Paris, France
6  20:06.6  Charlton , Boy Boy Charlton  Australia Jul 15, 1924 Olympic Games Paris, France
7  20:04.4  Borg , Arne Arne Borg  Sweden Aug 18, 1926 - Budapest, Hungary
8  19:07.2  Borg , Arne Arne Borg  Sweden Sep 2, 1927 European Championships Bologna, Italy
9  18:58.8  Amano , Tomikatsu Tomikatsu Amano  Japan Aug 10, 1938 - Tokyo, Japan
10  18:35.7  Hashizume , Shiro Shiro Hashizume  Japan Aug 16, 1949 - Los Angeles, United States
11  18:19.0  Furuhashi , Hironoshin Hironoshin Furuhashi  Japan Aug 16, 1949 - Los Angeles, United States
12  18:05.9  Breen , George George Breen  United States May 3, 1956 - New Haven, United States
13  17:59.5  Rose , Murray Murray Rose  Australia Oct 30, 1956 - Melbourne, Australia
14  17:52.9  Breen , George George Breen  United States Dec 5, 1956 - Melbourne, Australia
15  17:28.7  Konrads , John John Konrads  Australia Feb 22, 1958 - Melbourne, Australia
16  17:11.0  Konrads , John John Konrads  Australia Feb 27, 1960 - Sydney, Australia
17  17:05.5  Saari , Roy Roy Saari  United States Aug 17, 1963 - Tokyo, Japan
18  17:01.8  Rose , Murray Murray Rose  Australia Aug 2, 1964 - Los Altos, United States
19  16:58.7  Saari , Roy Roy Saari  United States Sep 2, 1964 - New York, United States
20  16:58.6  Krause , Stephen Stephen Krause  United States Aug 15, 1965 - Maumee, United States
21  16:41.6  Burton , Michael Michael Burton  United States Aug 21, 1966 - Lincoln, United States
22  16:34.1  Burton , Michael Michael Burton  United States Aug 13, 1967 AAU Nationals Oak Park, United States
23  16:28.1  Echevarria , Guillermo Guillermo Echevarria  Mexico Jul 7, 1968 Santa Clara Invitational Santa Clara, United States
24  16:08.57  Burton , Michael Michael Burton  United States Sep 3, 1968 USA Olympic Trials Long Beach, United States
25  16:04.5  Burton , Michael Michael Burton  United States Aug 17, 1969 AAU Nationals Louisville, United States
26  15:57.10  Kinsella , John John Kinsella  United States Aug 23, 1970 AAU Nationals Los Angeles, United States
27  15:52.91  DeMont , Rick Rick DeMont  United States Aug 6, 1972 USA Olympic Trials Chicago, United States
28  15:52.58  Burton , Michael Michael Burton  United States Sep 4, 1972 Olympic Games Munich, West Germany
29  15:37.80  Holland , Stephen Stephen Holland  Australia Aug 5, 1973 Pre World Championship meet Brisbane, Australia
30  15:31.85  Holland , Stephen Stephen Holland  Australia Sep 8, 1973 World Championships Belgrade, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
31  15:31.75  Shaw , Tim Tim Shaw  United States Aug 25, 1974 AAU Nationals Concord, United States
32  15:27.79  Holland , Stephen Stephen Holland  Australia Jan 25, 1975 New Zealand Games Christchurch, New Zealand
33  15:20.91  Shaw , Tim Tim Shaw  United States Jun 21, 1975 USA World Championship Trials Long Beach, United States
34  15:10.89  Holland , Stephen Stephen Holland  Australia Feb 27, 1976 AUS Olympic Trials Sydney, Australia
35  15:06.66  Goodell , Brian Brian Goodell  United States Jun 21, 1976 USA Olympic Trials Long Beach, United States
36  15:02.40  Goodell , Brian Brian Goodell  United States Jul 20, 1976 Olympic Games Montreal, Canada
37  14:58.27  Salnikov , Vladimir Vladimir Salnikov  Soviet Union Jul 22, 1980 Olympic Games Moscow, Soviet Union
38  14:56.35  Salnikov , Vladimir Vladimir Salnikov  Soviet Union Mar 13, 1982 URSvGDR Duel Moscow, Soviet Union
39  14:54.76  Salnikov , Vladimir Vladimir Salnikov  Soviet Union Feb 22, 1983 URS Winter Nationals Moscow, Soviet Union
40  14:50.36  Hoffmann , Jörg Jörg Hoffmann  Germany Jan 13, 1991 World Championships Perth, Australia
41  14:48.40  Perkins , Kieren Kieren Perkins  Australia Apr 5, 1992 AUS Olympic Trials Canberra, Australia
42  14:43.48  Perkins , Kieren Kieren Perkins  Australia Jul 31, 1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain
43  14:41.66  Perkins , Kieren Kieren Perkins  Australia Aug 24, 1994 Commonwealth Games Victoria, Canada [2]
44  14:34.56  Hackett , Grant Grant Hackett  Australia Jul 29, 2001 World Championships Fukuoka, Japan [2]
45  14:34.14  Yang , Sun Sun Yang  China Jul 31, 2011 World Championships Shanghai, China [3][4]
46  14:31.02  Yang , Sun 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  Perkins , Kieren Kieren Perkins  Australia Feb 2, 1992 Grand Prix Canberra, Australia
2  14:26.52  Perkins , Kieren Kieren Perkins  Australia Jul 14, 1993 - Auckland, New Zealand
3  14:19.55  Hackett , Grant Grant Hackett  Australia Sep 27, 1998 Australian SC Championships Perth, Australia [5]
4  14:10.10  Hackett , Grant Grant Hackett  Australia Aug 7, 2001 Australian SC Championships Perth, Australia [5]

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  Wainwright , Helen Helen Wainwright  United States Aug 19, 1922 - New York, United States
2  24:07.6  McGary , Ethel Ethel McGary  United States Dec 31, 1925 - Coral Gables, United States
3  24:00.2  Mayne , Edith Edith Mayne  Great Britain Sep 15, 1926 - Exmouth, United Kingdom
4  23:44.6  Norelius , Martha Martha Norelius  United States Jul 28, 1927 - Massapequa, United States
5  23:17.2  Madison , Helene Helene Madison  United States Jul 15, 1931 - New York, United States
6  22:36.7  Frederiksen , Grethe Grethe Frederiksen  Denmark Jun 26, 1936 - Copenhagen, Denmark
7  21:45.7  Hveger , Ragnhild Ragnhild Hveger  Denmark Jul 3, 1938 - Helsinki, Finland
8  21:10.1  Hveger , Ragnhild Ragnhild Hveger  Denmark Aug 11, 1940 - Helsinki, Finland
9  20:57.0  Hveger , Ragnhild Ragnhild Hveger  Denmark Aug 20, 1941 - Copenhagen, Denmark
10  20:46.5  de Nijs , Lenie Lenie de Nijs  Netherlands Jul 23, 1955 - Utrecht, Netherlands
11  20:22.8  Koster , Jans Jans Koster  Netherlands Aug 21, 1956 - Utrecht, Netherlands
12  20:03.1  Koster , Jans Jans Koster  Netherlands Jul 27, 1957 - Hilversum, Netherlands
13  19:25.7  Konrads , Ilsa Ilsa Konrads  Australia Jan 13, 1960 - Sydney, Australia
14  19:23.6  Cederqvist , Jane Jane Cederqvist  Sweden Sep 8, 1960 - Uppsala, Sweden
15  19:02.8  Rylander , Margareta Margareta Rylander  Sweden Jun 27, 1961 - Uppsala, Sweden
16  18:44.0  House , Carolyn Carolyn House  United States Aug 16, 1962 - Chicago, United States
17  18:30.5  Caretto , Patty Patty Caretto  United States Jul 30, 1964 - Los Altos, United States
18  18:23.7  Caretto , Patty Patty Caretto  United States Aug 12, 1965 - Los Altos, United States
19  18:12.9  Careyto , Patty Patty Careyto  United States Aug 21, 1966 - Lincoln, United States
20  18:11.1  Meyer , Debbie Debbie Meyer  United States Jul 9, 1967 Santa Clara Invitational Santa Clara, United States
21  17:50.2  Meyer , Debbie Debbie Meyer  United States Aug 20, 1967 AAU Nationals Philadelphia, United States
22  17:31.2  Meyer , Debbie Debbie Meyer  United States Aug 21, 1968 - Los Angeles, United States
23  17:19.9  Meyer , Debbie Debbie Meyer  United States Aug 17, 1969 AAU Nationals Louisville, United States
24  17:19.20  Calhoun , Cathy Cathy Calhoun  United States Aug 28, 1971 AAU Nationals Houston, United States
25  17:00.6  Gould , Shane Shane Gould  Australia Dec 12, 1971 - Sydney, Australia
26  16:56.9  Gould , Shane Shane Gould  Australia Feb 11, 1973 AUS Nationals Adelaide, Australia
27  16:54.14  Harshbarger , Jo Jo Harshbarger  United States Aug 25, 1973 USA World Championship Trials Louisville, United States
28  16:49.9  Turrall , Jennifer Jennifer Turrall  Australia Dec 9, 1973 Top-level meet Sydney, Australia
29  16:48.2  Turrall , Jennifer Jennifer Turrall  Australia Jan 9, 1974 NSW State Championships Sydney, Australia
30  16:43.4  Turrall , Jennifer Jennifer Turrall  Australia Jul 13, 1974 - Sydney, Australia
31  16:39.28  Turrall , Jennifer Jennifer Turrall  Australia Aug 3, 1974 Los Angeles Invitational Los Angeles, United States
32  16:33.94  Turrall , Jennifer Jennifer Turrall  Australia Aug 25, 1974 AAU Nationals Concord, United States
33  16:24.60  Browne , Alice Alice Browne  United States Aug 21, 1977 AAU Nationals Mission Viejo, United States
34  16:14.93  Wickham , Tracey Tracey Wickham  Australia Feb 8, 1978 Invitational Brisbane, Australia
35  16:06.63  Wickham , Tracey Tracey Wickham  Australia Feb 25, 1979 AUS Nationals Perth, Australia
36  16:04.49  Linehan , Kim Kim Linehan  United States Aug 19, 1979 AAU Nationals Fort Lauderdale, United States
37  16:00.73  Evans , Janet Janet Evans  United States Jul 31, 1987 USA Nationals & Pan Pacific Trials Orlando, United States
38  15:52.10  Evans , Janet Janet Evans  United States Mar 26, 1988 USA Spring Nationals Orlando, United States
39  15:42.54  Ziegler , Kate Kate Ziegler  United States Jun 17, 2007 TYR Meet of Champions Mission Viejo, United States [6]
40  15:36.53  Ledecky , Katie Katie Ledecky  United States Jul 30, 2013 World Championships Barcelona, Spain [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


Short course[edit]

# Time Name Nationality Date Meet Location Ref
1  15:43.31  Schneider , Petra Petra Schneider  East Germany Jan 10, 1982 - Gainesville, United States
2  15:42.39  Manaudou , Laure Laure Manaudou  France Nov 20, 2004 Regional meet La Roche-sur-Yon, France [8]
3  15:32.90  Ziegler , Kate Kate Ziegler  United States Oct 12, 2007 Alex Athletics Jubiläums Challenge Essen, Germany [8]
4  15:28.65  Friis , Lotte Lotte Friis  Denmark Nov 29, 2009 Local Club Meet Copenhagen, Denmark [9]
5  15:26.95  Belmonte , Mireia Mireia Belmonte  Spain 29 Nov 2013 Spanish Championships Castellón, Spain [10]

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]