Olympic silver medallist Katie Ledecky powered to victory within the ladies’s 400 metres freestyle occasion on the opening day of the swimming world championships in Budapest on Saturday to seize her sixteenth gold medal within the competitors.
The American took full benefit of the absence of reigning world and Olympic champion Ariarne Titmus of Australia to complete with a time of three minutes and 58.15 seconds, ending forward of Canadian 15-year-old Summer season McIntosh, who took silver.
American Leah Smith was third, practically 4 seconds behind her compatriot.
Titmus, who set the world file of three:56.40 at her nationwide championships final month to eclipse Ledecky’s mark, denied followers one other showdown together with her rival after opting to skip the worlds to arrange for subsequent month’s Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham.
Ledecky was heading in the right direction to reclaim the file 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.
Australia’s Elijah Winnington completed strongly to win the lads’s 400m freestyle occasion, incomes his first particular person gold medal on the worlds.
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The 22-year-old completed in 3:41.22 seconds, going 1.63 seconds sooner than Germany’s Lukas Martens, who claimed silver on the Duna Area.
“I attempted to have enjoyable within the pool and luxuriate in this entire expertise,” Winnington stated. “Within the final name room I’ve heard the noise, the MC’s (grasp of ceremonies) voice and it was a complete increase for me.
“I have never had this sense for a very long time.”
Brazil’s Guilherme Costa took the bronze whereas Austria’s Felix Auboeck, who dominated the heats earlier within the day, may solely handle fourth regardless of a stable begin.
Earlier, Japan’s Yukiko Inui bagged the primary gold on the nineteenth version of the worlds, profitable the ladies’s solo technical occasion with 92.8662 factors. Ukraine’s Marta Fiedina earned the silver whereas Greece’s Evangelia Platanioti took bronze.
The world championships, initially scheduled to happen in Fukuoka, Japan earlier than being shifted to the Hungarian capital resulting from COVID-19 issues, will run till July 3.