Ledecky wins second gold at world championships

Romanian teenager David Popovici smashed the world junior record as he powered to victory to take gold in the men's 200 metres freestyle event



Katie Ledecky reacts after taking gold in the women's 1500m freestyle. (AFP)
Katie Ledecky reacts after taking gold in the women's 1500m freestyle. (AFP)

By Reuters

Published: Tue 21 Jun 2022, 12:24 AM

American Katie Ledecky dominated the women’s 1,500 metres freestyle event to claim her second gold medal at the swimming world championships in Budapest on Monday.

Ledecky, who won the women’s 400 metres freestyle event on the opening day, cruised to the gold medal with a time of 15 minutes and 30.15 seconds.

The 25-year-old finished more than 14 seconds ahead of compatriot Katie Grimes who took the silver while Australia’s Lani Pallister took the bronze.

“I love this pool, I knew I put in the work to have a good swim and got into a rhythm,” Ledecky said.

“I’ve got the relay, that’s next on the agenda and then I will tackle the 800m. We’ll see (if I can get a record).”

Earlier, Romanian teenager David Popovici smashed the world junior record as he powered to victory to take gold in the men’s 200 metres freestyle event.

The 17-year-old became the first male Romanian swimmer to win gold at the world championships as he finished with a time of 1:43.21.

He finished more than a second ahead of South Korea’s Hwang Sun-woo while Britain’s reigning Olympic champion Tom Dean finished third.


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