At the 2024 World Championships, Simona Quadarella seized her second gold medal in the women’s 1,500 freestyle. This victory marked her sixth total Worlds medal, with two gold medals to her name. The absence of Katie Ledecky, who has been a dominant force in the event, made Quadarella’s victory even more noteworthy. She controlled the field from start to finish and won by more than nine seconds, finishing with a time of 15:46.99.
Gose took the silver medal, adding to her 400 free bronze medal. Li Bingjie surged ahead of Germany’s Isabel Gose to claim second place. 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. 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, and Australia’s Maddy Gough, who placed seventh in the final. Her performance was nothing short of spectacular and will surely be remembered as one of the most impressive moments of the 2024 World Championships.