World’s Fastest 1500m Freestyle – Men’s Long Course

The 1500 meter swim is a grueling test of endurance and speed, and the world record for this event is constantly being pushed to new limits. As of now, the fastest time ever recorded for the 1500m freestyle is held by Sun Yang, with a time of 14:31.02. Other top swimmers who have come close to breaking this record include Gregorio Paltrinieri, Bobby Finke, and Daniel Wiffen.

  1. Sun Yang (27.09, 28.71, 29.46, 29.05, 29.35, 28.97, 29.53, 29.34, 29.23, 28.89, 29.26, 29.27, 29.25, 29.34, 29.41, 29.30, 29.49, 29.38, 29.46, 29.32, 29.42, 29.21, 29.54, 29.37, 29.17, 29.19, 29.39, 29.14, 27.81, 25.68) 14:31.02
  2. Ahmed Hafnaoui (27.37, 28.94, 29.35, 29.04, 29.41, 29.10, 29.24, 29.02, 29.35, 29.34, 29.61, 29.22, 29.33, 29.30, 29.44, 29.31, 29.10, 29.26, 29.55, 29.23, 29.11, 29.06, 29.24, 2916, 28.97, 28.94, 29.08, 29.09, 29.15, 26.23) 14:31.54
  3. Bobby Finke (27.13, 28.93,29.37, 29.14, 29.51, 29.29, 29.33, 29.16, 29.22, 29.18, 29.33, 29.31, 29.35, 29.21, 29.25, 29.29, 29.19, 29.44, 29.41, 29.32, 29.26, 29.26, 28. 99, 29.44, 28.90, 29.12, 28.85, 29.32, 28.92, 26.19) 14:31.59
  4. Gregorio Paltrinieri (27.00, 28.57, 28.96, 29.14, 29.33, 29.32, 29.37, 29.35, 29.20, 29.20, 29.11, 29.33, 28.97, 29.17, 28.92, 29.25, 29.25, 29.24, 29.22, 29.24, 29.13, 29.29, 29.28, 29.11, 28.98, 29.28, 29.14, 29.37, 29.39, 28.69) 14:32.80 
  5. Grant Hackett (26.07, 28.12, 28.90, 29.36, 29.36, 29.48, 29.35, 29.45, 29.45, 29.19, 29.32, 29.31, 29.22, 29.29, 29.32, 29.19, 29.20, 29.38, 29.36, 29.37, 29.42, 29.36, 29.46, 29.49, 29.49, 29.51, 29.54, 29.84, 28.49, 28.18) 14:34.56
  6. Florian Wellbrock (27.16, 29.13, 29.11, 29.38, 29.37, 29.27, 29.08, 29.59, 29.48, 29.51, 29.40, 29.52, 29.34, 29.47, 29.42, 29.52, 29.25, 29.40, 29.22, 29.47, 29.16, 29.27, 29.15, 29.17, 29.39, 29.28, 29.35, 29.22, 29.18, 28.48, 28.59, 27.20) 14:34.89
  7. Daniel Wiffen (27.23, 29.30, 29.40, 29.39, 29.20, 29.35, 29.16, 29.26, 29.03, 29.33, 29.12, 29.30, 29.26, 29.29, 29.22, 29.48, 29.20, 29.41, 29.29, 29.52, 29.23, 29.41, 29.21, 29.35, 29.22, 29.48, 29.30, 29.48, 29.26, 27.23) 14:34.91
  8. Mykhailo Romanchuk (27.49, 28.86, 29.32, 29.01, 29.30, 28.78, 29.30, 28.95, 28.69, 29.40, 29.12, 29.42, 29.11, 29.29, 29.23, 29.25, 29.19, 29.43, 29.27, 29.39, 29.22, 29.41, 29.05, 29.21, 29.15, 29.44, 29.42, 29.68, 29.63, 30.09) 14:36.10
  9. Samuel Short 14:37.28 / Ous Mellouli 14:37.28

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The chart below compares the World’s fastest 1500m Freestyle swimmers. Swimmers and coaches can looks at the individual Splits, Stroke Counts and the first 50m split compared to swimmers 50m PB. All swim data has been collected from our team reviewing race footage where possible. Here is Sun Yang’s 1500m Freestyle World Record swim to view

Swimmers that progressed from the Men’s 400m Freestyle list to the 1500m are Sun Yang.

Swimmers that progress from the top Men’s 800m Freestyle Long Course to the Men’s 1500m Freestyle Long Course are Sun Yang, Gregorio Paltrinieri, and Grant Hackett.

Men's 1500m Freestyle - Long Course
Sun YangAhmed HafnaouiBobby FinkeGregorio PaltrinieriGrant HackettFlorian WellbrockDaniel WiffenMykhailo RomanchukSamuel ShortOus Mellouli
Height:6 ft 7 in 200cm6 ft 4 in 195cm6 ft 1 in 185cm6 ft 3 in 191cm6 ft 6 in 197cm6 ft 4 in 192cm6ft 4in 194cm6 ft 3 in 191cm6 ft 4 in 192cm
Weight:196Ib 89kg185lb 84kg172lb 78kg159Ib 72kg212Ib 96kg154Ib 70kg176lb 80kg174Ib 79kg185Ib 84kg
Country:CHNTUNUSAITAAUSGERIREUKRAUSTUN
DOB:1991-12-01 2002-12-041999-11-061994-09-05 1980-05-091997-08-19 2001-07-141996-08-07 2003-09-171984-02-19
Meet:Olympic Games London 2012World Aquatics Championships - Fukuoka 2023World Aquatics Championships - Fukuoka 202319th FINA World Championships Budapest 20229th FINA World Championships 2001Berlin Swim Open 2023Swim Open Stockholm 2023European Aquatic Championships 2022World Aquatics Championships - Fukuoka 202313th FINA World Championships 2009
50m Split27.0927.3727.1327.0027.1627.2327.4926.6127.42
Strokes263024
Split Time:27.0927.3727.1327.0027.1627.4927.42
50m PB:24.6826.5826.6824.9925.6926.51
Time off 50m PB:2.410.790.311.470.98
Percentage of 50m PB:109.765%102.972%101.162%105.722%103.697%
100m Split28.7128.9428.9328.5729.1329.3028.8628.5129.47
Strokes28373127
Split Time:55.8056.3156.0655.5754.1956.2956.5356.3555.1256.89
150m Split29.4629.3529.3728.9629.1129.4029.3228.8829.27
Strokes29383228
Split Time:1:25.261:25.661:25.431:24.531:25.401:25.931:25.671:24.001:26.16
200m Split29.0529.0429.1429.1429.3829.3929.0128.9429.65
Strokes26383428
Split Time:1:54.311:54.701:54.571:53.671:52.451:54.781:55.321:54.681:52.941:55.81
250m Split29.3529.4129.5129.3329.3729.2029.3029.2429.54
Strokes27393328
Split Time:2:23.662:24.112:24.082:23.002:24.152:24.522:23.982:22.182:25.35
300m Split28.9729.1029.2929.3229.2729.3528.7829.0829.92
Strokes27393328
Split Time:2:52.632:53.212:53.372:53.252:51.292:53.422:53.872:52.782:51.262:55.30
350m Split29.5329.24, 29.3329.3729.0829.1629.3029.2929.68
Strokes28393328
Split Time:3:22.163:22.453:22.703:21.693:22.503:23.033:22.063:20.553:24.98
400m Split29.3429.0229.1629.3529.5929.2628.9529.2229.47
Strokes26403328
Split Time:3:51.503:51.473:51.863:51.043:50.183:52.093:52.293:51.013:49.773:54.45
450m Split29.2329.3529.2029.2029.4829.0329.4029.3229.54
Strokes27393328
Split Time:4:20.734:20.824:21.064:20.244:21.574:21.324:20.414:19.094:23.99
500m Split28.8929.3529.1829.2029.5129.3329.1229.3729.82
Strokes2640?3428
Split Time:4:49.624:50.164:50.244:49.444:48.824:51.084:50.654:49.534:48.464:53.81
550m Split29.2629.6129.3329.1129.4029.1229.4229.3829.36
Strokes27393328
Split Time:5:18.885:19.775:19.575:18.555:20.485:19.775:18.955:17.845:23.17
600m Split29.2729.2229.3129.3329.5229.3029.1129.3729.49
Strokes283428
Split Time:5:48.155.48.995:48.885:47.885:47.455:50.005:49.075:48.065:47.215:52.66
650m Split29.2529.3329.3528.9729.3429.2629.2929.6529.28
Strokes29393328
Split Time:6:17.406:18.326:18.236:16.856:19.346:18.336:17.356:16.866:21.94
700m Split29.3429.3029.2129.1729.4729.2929.2329.4229.40
Strokes27393328
Split Time:6:46.746:47.626:47.446:46.026:45.966:48.916:47.626:46.586:46.286:51.34
750m Split29.4129.4429.2528.9229.4229.2229.2529.3529.03
Strokes28393228
Split Time:7:16.157:17.067:16.697:14.947:18.237:16.847:15.837:15.637:20.37
800m Split29.3029.3129.2929.2529.5229.4829.1929.4929.31
Strokes28393428
Split Time:7:45.457:46.377:45.987:44.197:44.477:47.757:46.327:45.027:45.127:49.68
850m Split29.4929.1029.1929.2529.2529.2029.4329.5028.98
Strokes283428
Split Time:8:14.948:15.478:15.178:13.448:17.008:15.528:14.458:14.628:18.66
900m Split29.3829.2629.4429.2429.4029.4129.2729.4729.65
Strokes27393428
Split Time:8:44.328:44.738:44.618:42.688:43.058:46.408:44.938:43.728:44.098:48.31
950m Split29.4629.5529.4129.2229.2229.2929.3929.7129.28
Strokes28393428
Split Time:9:13.789:14.289:14.029:11.909:15.629:14.229:13.119:13.809:17.59
1000m Split29.3229.2329.3229.2429.4729.5229.2229.5829.27
Strokes28393328
Split Time:9:43.109:43.519:43.349:41.149:41.789:45.099:43.749:42.339:43.389:46.86
1050m Split29.4229.1129.2629.1329.2729.2329.4129.5929.41
Strokes27393329?
Split Time:10:12.5210:12.6210:12.6010:10.2710:14.3610:12.9710:11.7410:12.9710:16.27
1100m Split29.2129.0629.2629.2929.1529.4129.0529.4629.46
Strokes283329?
Split Time:10:41.7310:41.6810:41.8610:39.5610:40.5610:43.5110:42.3810:40.7910:42.4310:45.73
1150m Split29.5429.2428.9929.2829.1729.2129.2129.5329.16
Strokes28393329?
Split Time:11:11.2711:10.9211:10.8511:08.8411:12.6811:11.5911:10.0011:11.9611:14.89
1200m Split29.3728.9729.4429.1129.3929.3529.1529.5429.43
Strokes283429?
Split Time:11:40.6411:40.0811:40.2911:37.9511:39.5111:42.0711:40.9411:39.1511:41.5011:44.32
1250m Split29.1728.9728.9028.9829.2829.2229.4429.7529.25
Strokes2838?3330?
Split Time:12:09.8112:09.0512:09.1912:06.9312:11.3512:10.1612:08.5912:11.2512:13.57
1300m Split29.1928.9429.1229.2829.3529.4829.4229.6329.15
Strokes2838?3430?
Split Time:12:39.0012:37.9912:38.3112:36.2112:38.5112:40.7012:39.6412:38.0112:40.8812:42.72
1350m Split29.3929.0828.8529.1429.2229.3029.6829.7628.95
Strokes28393430?
Split Time:13:08.3913:07.9913:36.4813:05.3513:09.9213:08.9413:07.6913:10.6413:11.67
1400m Split29.1429.0928.3229.3729.1829.4829.6329.3729.39
Strokes293531
Split Time:13:37.5313:36.1613:36.4813:34.7213:37.8913:39.1013:38.4213:37.3213:40.0113:41.06
1450m Split27.8129.1528.9229.3928.5929.2630.0929.2228.99
Strokes30393431
Split Time:14:05.3414:05.3114:05.4014:04.1114:07.6914:07.6814:07.4114:09.2314:10.05
1500m Split25.6826.2326.1928.6927.2027.2328.6928.0527.23
Strokes33393532?
Total Time:14:31.0214:31.5414:31.5914:32.8014:34.5614:34.8914:34.9114:36.1014:37.2814:37.28
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