Katie Ledecky wins 1500m free at swim worlds, record-tying twentieth medal

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BUDAPEST — Katie Ledecky is extra thinking about lap instances than medal counts. She was glad with each on the world swimming championships on Monday.

Ledecky took gold within the 1500m freestyle for her twentieth profession world medal, tying Natalie Coughlin for the feminine report. Ledecky, after successful her opening 400m free on Saturday, clocked quarter-hour, 30.15 seconds to bag her fourth world title within the 1500m on Monday. It was a U.S. one-two as 16-year-old Katie Grimes took silver, 14.74 seconds again.

“My goal was to hold 31 low [second laps to ], so that’s right on the money,” mentioned Ledecky, who went 7.59 seconds sooner than her time to win the occasion’s Olympic debut in Tokyo.

Grimes is the youngest U.S. medalist at a worlds since Ledecky in 2013 and the second-youngest medalist ever within the ladies’s 1500m after Ledecky, who’s now each the youngest and the oldest world 1500m free champion, in accordance with Bill Mallon of Olympedia.org.

The U.S. added 4 medals between the lads’s and ladies’s 100m backstrokes — gold (Regan Smith), silver (Ryan Murphy) and bronze (Hunter Armstrong and Claire Curzan). Murphy ceded his world report to Italian gold medalist Thomas Ceccon, who lowered it from 51.85 to 51.60.

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Ledecky, now a four-time world champion within the 1500m free, owns the 13 quickest instances in historical past within the occasion, together with the world report of 15:20.48. Her time on Monday was 8.73 seconds sooner than any swimmer in historical past not named Ledecky.

The solely swimmers with extra world championships medals than Ledecky are Michael Phelps (33) and Ryan Lochte (27). Ledecky’s 17 gold medals are additionally third in historical past behind Phelps (26) and Lochte (18).

“I don’t count [medals],” Ledecky mentioned. “It’s pretty wild because I feel like just yesterday I was in Barcelona at my first worlds [at age 16 in 2013] like Katie [Grimes] is now.”

She has two extra occasions left at worlds, the 4x200m free relay on Wednesday and the 800m free on Friday and Saturday. In the 800m free, Ledecky can turn into the primary swimmer to win 5 consecutive world titles in a single occasion.

Smith added a 100m again title to the 200m crown she earned in 2019, when she broke three world information in two races at age 17.

She held off two-time defending world champion Kylie Masse of Canada by .18, prevailing within the absence of Olympic gold medalist and world report holder Kaylee McKeown of Australia. McKeown scratched the 100m again, reportedly to give attention to the 200m particular person medley, the place she took silver.

“It’s getting harder and harder to deal with the pressure because a lot of people expecting me to deliver,” mentioned Smith, who took 100m again bronze in Tokyo. “I’ve been working a lot with a psychologist to survive this situation, and it seems to be working.”

Curzan, who’s slated to hitch Smith at Stanford later this summer season, earned her first particular person Olympic or world medal.

In the lads’s 100m again, Ceccon went from fourth in Tokyo to a world champion and world report holder. He educated the previous few years on the similar pool as Italian legend Federica Pellegrini, who retired final 12 months.

“I haven’t realized that I broke the world record,” he mentioned in disbelief. “I didn’t think of any record or time before the start.”

Murphy, who swept the backstrokes on the 2016 Olympics, wasn’t upset that he was denied his first particular person world title given he swam his greatest time in 4 years.

“I honestly was not expecting to be that fast,” he mentioned. “Thomas is an incredible talent. Hats off to him. That’s a gnarly swim.”

Armstrong, who broke the 50m again world report at April’s trials, earned his first particular person medal at an Olympics or worlds.

In the 100m breaststroke, 2016 Olympic champion and world report holder Lilly King took fourth after squeaking into the ultimate within the eighth and final spot. She acquired in after coaching accomplice Annie Lazor was disqualified for unlawful leg motion together with her kick within the semifinals.

King, vying to turn into the primary girl to win three consecutive world titles in a breaststroke occasion, missed bronze by 5 hundredths behind 2012 Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania. Meilutyte retired in 2019 after it was introduced she was dealing with a ban for missed (however not failed) drug checks. She was given a two-year ban and returned to competitors final December.

Italian 17-year-old Benedetta Pilato received the 100m breast in 1:05.93, holding off German Anna Elendt by .05.

The 17-year-old Romanian David Popovici received the 200m free in 1:43.21, the world’s greatest time in 10 years. Popovici turned the primary Romanian man to win a world title and the youngest male gold medalist from any nation in 15 years.

Worlds proceed Tuesday that includes Olympic champion Bobby Finke within the 800m free remaining and the combined medley relay, anticipated to incorporate Caeleb Dressel.

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