Ledecky wins his­toric 12th world gold

Sun pow­ers to 200m freestyle world gold

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BU­DAPEST: Katie Ledecky of the United States made his­tory yes­ter­day by be­com­ing the first woman to win 12 world swim­ming championship gold medals with vic­tory in the 1500m freestyle. Ledecky, 20, clocked 15 min­utes, 31.82 sec­onds with Spain’s Mireia Bel­monte tak­ing sil­ver at a huge 19.07secs back, while Italy’s Si­mona Quadarella earned bronze at 22.04.

Ledecky now has 12 gold medals from world cham­pi­onships mak­ing her the most dec­o­rated fe­male as she passed Missy Franklin of the USA, who has 11 worlds gold medals. This was Ledecky’s third gold of these cham­pi­onships­from a pos­si­ble six she could fin­ish with-and she led from the start.

Ear­lier, Chi­nese su­per­star Sun Yang won the men’s 200m freestyle gold at the world aquat­ics cham­pi­onships on Tues­day to add to his Olympic ti­tle in the same event. Sun touched the wall first in one minute 44.39 sec­onds with Town­ley Haas of the United States tak­ing sil­ver, at 0.65sec back, while Rus­sia’s Alek­sandr Kras­nykh earned bronze at 0.84.

“I paid at­ten­tion to de­tail and fol­lowed the in­struc­tions of my coach,” said Sun, who punched the wa­ter in tri­umph af­ter his vic­tory. This was Sun’s sec­ond gold of these cham­pi­onships af­ter his vic­tory in the 400m freestyle fi­nal on Sun­day.

He will bid for the tre­ble in to­day’s 800m freestyle fi­nal-the event he has dom­i­nated for the last three world cham­pi­onships since 2011 in Shang­hai. Sun timed his 200m race to per­fec­tion. He was fourth at the half­way point, but had caught leader and de­fend­ing cham­pion James Guy of Great Bri­tain, who fin­ished fifth, by the fi­nal turn and pow­ered home to vic­tory.

His win means the 25-year-old Sun is now the 200m freestyle cham­pion at both the worlds and Olympics, af­ter his vic­tory at the Rio de Janeiro Games last year. The freestyle ex­pert now has nine gold medals to his name span­ning four world cham­pi­onships. He holds a world ti­tle in each of the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle events. Haas said he pushed through the pain bar­rier to grab sil­ver.

“Last 50 me­tres hurt,” said the 20-year-old, a gold medal­list in the 4x100m re­lay in Bu­dapest. “I couldn’t see Sun Yang, but I could see James Guy’s arms so in my head I thought ‘I’ve got to stay ahead of him’, then I put my head down and kept kick­ing.” Guy, the 2015 world cham­pion, was dis­ap­pointed, es­pe­cially af­ter Bri­tain’s dou­ble golds on Mon­day when Adam Peaty won the 100m breast­stroke and Ben Proud took the 50m but­ter­fly ti­tle. “It was very dis­ap­point­ing, yes­ter­day I did it ex­actly the same way, I felt like I had more left to give on the last leg, es­pe­cially to­wards the fin­ish,” said Guy.

“With my room­mate (Peaty) win­ning gold and Ben Proud win­ning gold, I want to get there too, but ev­ery­thing hap­pens for a rea­son and I have a four-year plan,” he added, with an eye on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. (See Page 13).

— AFP

BU­DAPEST: US Katie Ledecky cel­e­brates on the podium af­ter the women’s 1500m freestyle fi­nal dur­ing the swim­ming com­pe­ti­tion at the 2017 FINA World Cham­pi­onships in Bu­dapest, yes­ter­day. (In­set) (R-L) Rus­sia’s Alek­sandr Kras­nykh, China’s Sun Yang and US Town­ley Haas cel­e­brate on the podium af­ter the men’s 200m freestyle fi­nal dur­ing the swim­ming com­pe­ti­tion at the 2017 FINA World Cham­pi­onships in Bu­dapest, yes­ter­day.

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