Ledecky closes worlds with fifth gold medal
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