At the 2024 World Championships, Simona Quadarella made history by winning her second gold medal in the women’s 1,500 freestyle. This achievement was even more noteworthy because Katie Ledecky, who had been a dominant force in the event, was absent. Quadarella controlled the field from start to finish and won by more than nine seconds, finishing with a time of 15:46.99.
This victory marked Quadarella’s second gold medal and sixth total Worlds medal. She previously won gold in the 1,500 in Gwangju in 2019 when Ledecky withdrew due to injury. The silver medal went to China’s Li Bingjie, who surged ahead of Germany’s Isabel Gose to claim second place. Gose took the bronze, adding to her 400 free bronze medal.
Katie Ledecky’s absence did not take away from Quadarella’s impressive performance, but it is clear that Ledecky’s dominance in the event is difficult to overlook. Gose, who had finished sixth last year at Worlds, moved up to win bronze this time. Other finalists included France’s Anastasiya Kirpichnikova, who finished fifth, and New Zealand’s Eve Thomas, who took fourth place. Quadarella was the quickest in prelims, followed by Gose and Li