Ledecky back with 16th world gold for US

Olympic silver medallist Katie Ledecky has powered to victory within the ladies’s 400 metres freestyle on the opening day of the swimming world championships in Budapest to seize a record-extending sixteenth gold medal.

Ledecky, 25, was already essentially the most profitable feminine swimmer coming into the world championships and now has 19 medals in whole.

Solely her male compatriots Michael Phelps (26 titles) and Ryan Lochte (18) have received extra golds.

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Ledecky took full benefit of the absence of Australia’s world and Olympic champion Ariarne Titmus on Saturday to reclaim her title in 3 minutes 58.15 seconds, ending forward of Canadian 15-year-old Summer time McIntosh.

American Leah Smith was third, almost 4 seconds behind her compatriot, with Australian Lani Pallister fourth.

“It feels good. It is the quickest I’ve ever been at worlds so I am actually pleased with that and actually enthusiastic about the remainder of the week I’ve forward of me,” Ledecky mentioned.

“Summer time is now within the sub four-minute membership so it is solely going to get tougher. I do know I’ve my work reduce out for me.”

Titmus, who set the world document of three:56.40 at her nationwide championships final month to eclipse Ledecky’s mark, denied followers one other showdown along with her rival after opting to skip the worlds to arrange for subsequent month’s Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham.

Ledecky was on the right track to reclaim the document midway by way of her race earlier than her tempo dropped barely, however she staved off a powerful problem from McIntosh to say a fourth world title within the occasion, having settled for silver in 2019.

The US males’s 4x100m freestyle staff of Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Held, Justin Ress and Brooks Curry additionally briefly threatened to interrupt the world document however ultimately completed 1.1 seconds shy of the mark to bag the gold forward of the fast-finishing Australians, clocking 3:09.34.

Frenchman Leon Marchand received the 400m medley with a championship document time of 4:04.28 – the second quickest in historical past – to beat Individuals Carson Foster and Chase Kalisz to the highest of the rostrum and declare his first world title.

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