Ledecky claims his­toric 12th gold as records tum­ble

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Katie Ledecky made his­tory by be­com­ing the first woman to win 12 world cham­pi­onship gold medals as world records were sent tum­bling four times

Bu­da­pest, Hun­gary - Katie Ledecky made his­tory on Tues­day by be­com­ing the first woman to win 12 world swim­ming cham­pi­onship gold medals, as world records were sent tum­bling four times in the Bu­da­pest pool.

Bri­tain's Adam Peaty twice low­ered his own men's 50m breast­stroke record, once in the morn­ing's heats then again in the evening's semi­fi­nals.

Cana­dian Kylie Masse then broke the women's 100m back­stroke record from 2009, when now-banned neo­prene suits were used.

To com­plete the drama, Lilly King of the US took out the women's 100m breast­stroke world record to take the gold.

"It was not re­ally on my radar to swim be­low 26 sec­onds but I felt good tonight," said Peaty who swam 26.10 secs in the morn­ing, then 25.95 in the semi­fi­nal.

Ledecky proved she is peer­less in the women's 1,500m freestyle as she won the fi­nal by a mas­sive 19.07 sec­onds ahead of her near­est ri­val, Spain's Mireia Bel­monte.

‘An­other planet’

"Katie Ledecky is on an­other planet, so the goal of the race was to win the sil­ver medal. For me, it is gold," quipped Bel­monte.

Ledecky, 20, is now the most dec­o­rated woman in world swim­ming cham­pi­onships his­tory as she passed com­pa­triot

Missy Franklin, who has 11 ti­tles.

But de­spite her achieve­ment, Ledecky said win­ning is not as easy as she makes it look.

"It's hard the other 364 days of the year, it's about putting the work in dur­ing prac­tice, so that then I can step up," she said.

King, also 20, claimed the US

sec­ond gold of the night with a com­mand­ing display in the women's 100m breast­stroke fi­nal. She clocked one minute 04.13 sec­onds in the fi­nal, beat­ing Ruta Meilu­tyte's 2013 record, to add world gold to the Olympic ti­tle she won last year in Rio.

Masse, 21, then proved the cur­rent depth in women's back­stroke with a dev­as­tat­ing display.

The 21 year old clocked 58.10 sec­onds, break­ing Gemma Spof­forth's pre­vi­ous mark of 58.12sec from the 2009 worlds.

"I was mak­ing sure I was read­ing the right name and the right time I was lost for words im­me­di­ately af­ter, I'm still in shock," said a stunned Masse.

Kath­leen Baker of the US took sil­ver, at 0.48sec back, while Emily See­bohm of Aus­tralia brushed off a cold to claim bronze, just 0.49sec be­hind.

Ear­lier, Chi­nese su­per­star Sun Yang won the men's 200m freestyle gold to add to his Olympic ti­tle in the same event.

Sun touched the wall first in one minute 44.39 sec­onds to set a new Asian record.

"It was a great race, espe­cially the last 50 me­tres were pretty good. It is one of the hard­est races for me," said Sun, who punched the wa­ter in tri­umph af­ter his vic­tory.

It was Sun's sec­ond gold in Bu­da­pest af­ter his vic­tory in the 400m freestyle fi­nal on Sun­day. Xu Ji­ayu claimed a sec­ond gold for the night for China by win­ning the men's 100m back­stroke fi­nal.

The 21 year old Olympic sil­ver medal­list clocked 52.44 sec­onds with Amer­i­can duo Matt Gre­vers earn­ing sil­ver, at 0.04sec back, and Olympic cham­pion Ryan Mur­phy tak­ing bronze at 0.15.

US breaks mixed re­lay record

The US broke the mixed 4x100m med­ley world record on Wed­nes­day. The US quar­tet of Ryan Mur­phy, Kevin Cordes, Kel­sei Wor­rell and Mal­lory Comer­ford clocked 3mins 40.28secs in the heats to break the pre­vi­ous mixed med­ley re­lay record of 3:41.71 set by Great Bri­tain two years ago in Kazan, Rus­sia.

(AFP)

Katie Ledecky of the US com­petes in the women's 1,500m freestyle fi­nal dur­ing the 2017 FINA World Cham­pi­onships in Bu­da­pest, Hun­gary, on Tues­day

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