Katie Ledecky and Lotte Friis, the swiftest pace-maker in history, swam through a time warp on the way to a sensational 15:36.53 world record and 15:38.88 silver to take women’s 1500m freestyle into a new era in readiness for inclusion in the Olympic programme one fine day soon. If they cracked open the 15:42.54 at which the world mark had stood to American Kate Ziegler since 2007, then bronze almost got there too, Kiwi Lauren Boyle on 15:44.71
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