Unstoppable Ledecky powers to fifth gold

Sat Aug 8, 2015 2:39pm EDT
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By Rod Gilmour

KAZAN, Russia - American Katie Ledecky entered the record books as she smashed the women's 800 meters world record to claim her fifth gold medal of a remarkable world championships on Saturday.

Ledecky, the 18-year-old high school graduate, blitzed her way to gold in eight minutes 7.39 seconds, setting her third world record of the week and 10th of a glittering career.

New Zealander Lauren Boyle upgraded her 2013 world bronze to claim silver, 10.26 seconds behind Ledecky, as she just held off Jaz Carlin of Britain by 0.50 seconds.

"I couldn't be happier with how that swim went and the whole meet has gone," Ledecky said.

"This one was very special in as much as the fatigue I could have got, so today shows that I can manage my schedule really well."

Ledecky's one-way win also saw her become the first swimmer across both genders to secure world titles over the 200m to 1500m distances.

Sun Yang of China had the same ambition, but was defeated in the men's 200m freestyle final on Monday.

"I don't really think about the historical aspects during the meet, but I guess I can now and I will cherish these moments," a beaming Ledecky added.   Continued...

Katie Ledecky of the U.S. celebrates after setting a new world record and winning the women's 800m freestyle final at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia, August 8, 2015. REUTERS/Michael Dalder