Katie Ledecky Untouched for 1500 Free Gold Medal

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In really no surprise, Katie Ledecky ran away with the 1500 free gold medal. Ledecky led the race from start to finish for her third straight world title in the 1500 with a 15:31.82, a little off her 15:25 world record from 2015. Ledecky will be in action later on in the session in the 200 free semi-final.

The gold medal is Ledecky’s 12th overall World Championship gold medal, the most of all-time for a woman, breaking a tie with fellow American Missy Franklin.

Mireia Belmonte Garcia won the silver medal with a 15:50.89 for a new Spanish record by nearly seven second. She was ahead of Italian Simona Quadarella for bronze with a 15:53.86.

Hungary’s Boglarka Kapas (16:06.27), China’s Hou Yawen (16:08.10), Chile’s Kristel Kobrich (16:13.46), Liechtenstein’s Julia Hassler (16:14.86) and Hungary’s Ajna Kesely (16:22.87) also competed in the A-final.

The win is the fifth in the women’s 1500 at the World Championships for the United States. It is Ledecky’s third straight (2013, 2015) and adds on to Kate Ziegler’s golds from 2005 and 2007.

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  1. Allen Wone

    as Katie finished her warm downs everyone else finished

  2. Jerry Quinn

    Congrats Katie!!! Just amazing how she continues to perform at such a high level.

  3. Todd

    What, no WR? Come on Kattie. Kidding