Ledecky closes worlds with fifth gold medal

The Washington Post Sunday - - WASHINGTONPOST.COM/SPORTS -

Katie Ledecky won her fifth gold medal at this year’s FINA world cham­pi­onships in Bu­dapest by cruis­ing to vic­tory in the 800-me­ter freestyle Satur­day.

Yet Bu­dapest will be re­mem­bered as a bit of a dis­ap­point­ment for Ledecky — the Bethesda swim­mer who starred at the 2016 Sum­mer Games. She set­tled for sil­ver in the 200 free and didn’t come close to break­ing any of her per­sonal bests.

Ledecky won in 8:12.68, which was nearly eight sec­onds off her world record in Rio de Janeiro.

Ledecky, 20, now has 14 world ti­tles, more than any other fe­male swim­mer and trail­ing only Michael Phelps (26) and Ryan Lochte (18).

On the men’s side, Caeleb Dres­sel, 20, es­tab­lished him­self as Amer­ica’s new­est star of the pool, be­com­ing the first swim­mer to win three gold medals on a sin­gle night at ei­ther the worlds or the Olympics.

The Univer­sity of Florida stu­dent has won six gold medals in Bu­dapest.

That gives him a shot at mov­ing into more rar­efied ter­ri­tory: Phelps is the only swim­mer to win seven golds at a world cham­pi­onships, which he did in Mel­bourne in 2007.

Dres­sel will be a vir­tual lock to win his sev­enth when he com­petes on the 4x100 med­ley re­lay Sun­day, the fi­nal event of the cham­pi­onships.

On Satur­day, Dres­sel swam first in a world record per­for­mance in the 4x100-me­ter mixed freestyle re­lay (3:19.60), cap­ping a night that also in­cluded wins in the 50 free and the 100 but­ter­fly.


The Wash­ing­ton Kas­tles lost their fi­nal home match of the World Team Ten­nis sea­son, suf­fer­ing a 24-14 de­feat to the Orange County (Calif.) Break­ers at Smith Cen­ter on the Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton cam­pus.

The loss was the fourth in a row for the Kas­tles (4-7), who will fin­ish their sea­son with three road matches. Wash­ing­ton is last in the league stand­ings.

The Break­ers im­proved to 6-5 and are tied for sec­ond place in the six-team league.

Anas­ta­sia Ro­di­onova and Madi­son Bren­gle pro­vided a high­light for the Kas­tles, de­feat­ing An­dreja Klepac and Yan­ina Wick­mayer, 5-4, in a tiebreaker in women’s dou­bles.

— Sa­man­tha Pell

Sec­ond-seeded John Is­ner beat third-seeded Gilles Muller, 6-4, 6-2, to reach the At­lanta Open fi­nal for a fifth straight year.

Is­ner, a for­mer Ge­or­gia Bulldog who has won the hard­court event three times, will face fourth-seeded and fel­low Amer­i­can Ryan Har­ri­son, who de­feated fifth-seeded Kyle Ed­mund, 6-7 (7-5), 6-3, 6-4 . . . .

Caro­line Woz­ni­acki out­lasted un­seeded Elise Mertens, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, in Bas­tad, Swe­den, to ad­vance to the Swedish Open fi­nal. Ka­te­rina Sini­akova beat Caro­line Gar­cia, 6-2, 7-5, in the other semi­fi­nal.


The Wash­ing­ton Valor fell, 6228, to the Cleve­land Gla­di­a­tors at Ver­i­zon Cen­ter, elim­i­nat­ing the Valor from con­tention for the Arena Foot­ball League play­offs.

The Valor, which is in last place in the five-team AFL in the team’s in­au­gu­ral sea­son, dropped to 2-11. Wash­ing­ton will play its sea­son fi­nale Fri­day night on the road against the Bal­ti­more Bri­gade (4-9).

Sean Brack­ett had three touch­down passes for the Valor but also threw two in­ter­cep­tions.

Arvell Nel­son threw for six TDs against one in­ter­cep­tion for play­off-bound Cleve­land, which com­pleted its reg­u­lar sea­son 5-9.


Mikey Gar­cia unan­i­mously out­pointed Adrien Broner in New York to re­main un­de­feated.

Gar­cia con­trolled his first fight at 140 pounds, par­tic­u­larly with body shots he was able to sneak in be­low Broner’s de­fense, and won 117-111 on one card and 116-112 on the other two.

A for­mer cham­pion in three lower weight classes, Gar­cia (370, 30 KOs) never se­ri­ously hurt Broner (33-3, 24 KOs) but dic­tated the ac­tion for most of the 12 rounds . . . .

The Dal­las Stars will host the 2018 NHL draft at Amer­i­can Air­lines Cen­ter on June 22-23. Dal­las will host the draft for the first time . . . .

Will Power, still look­ing for a vic­tory at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, took his fifth pole of the sea­son and fel­low Team Penske driver Josef New­gar­den qual­i­fied sec­ond for Sun­day’s IndyCar Honda Indy 200 in Lex­ing­ton, Ohio . . . .

Fer­rari got a huge boost as Se­bas­tian Vet­tel took the pole po­si­tion for the For­mula One Hun­gar­ian Grand Prix in Bu­dapest, while team­mate Kimi Raikko­nen was sec­ond.

— From news ser­vices and staff re­ports

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