The 18-year-old's swim brought the sellout crowd at the University
of Texas' swimming center to its feet as she pulled away from the
field early on.
"It was exciting," Ledecky told reporters after improving on her
previous best of 8:07.39. "It's always exciting when you can get
pushed along by a crowd like this in Austin.
"I was feeling good going into it; I knew I had some good swims this
weekend. Whenever I get going like that, I get into a good rhythm
with my freestyle.
"My stroke just feels good the whole weekend once I have one or two
really good freestyle swims."
Ledecky now owns the eight fastest performances of all time in the
women's 800m free, with two of them coming in Austin.
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Becca Mann finished a distant second on Sunday in 8:24.49.
(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter
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