BUDAPEST, Hungary – Katie Ledecky began her medal-winning United States medal haul by regaining her title in the women’s 400m at the World Swimming Championships on Saturday.
The Americans finished the first day racing with two golds, one silver and three bronze.
Ledecky completed 3 minutes, 58.15 seconds – almost two seconds from the world record – for his fourth world title in the 400 freestyle after 2013, 2015 and 2017.
Ariarne Titmus added Ledecky to the title in 2019 and set a world record last month, but Australia crossed the world in Budapest to focus on the Commonwealth Games in England next month.
“It’s a great thing for the U.S. team to win its first gold medal, ‘” Ledecky said, adding that she was also working to regain her record. “I’m on the right track.”
Winning the 400 made Ledecky 16th gold in the world and 18th gold overall. She is far behind Natalie Cufflin, who has won the most all-time medals by a female swimmer in the history of the World Championships.
Ledecky then focused on his fifth consecutive world title in the 1500s, with the Heats on Sunday before the final on Monday.
Summer McIntosh, a 15 – year – old Canadian, won silver after Ledecky in 4 minutes.
“I wanted to have fun and participate in the race and get along with others,” McIntosh said.
The two are far ahead of the competition, with Leah Smith of the United States third with 3.93 behind Ledecky and Lani Polyester of Australia fourth.
The American relay team comprising Caleb Dressel, Ryan Held, Justin Res and Brooks Curry won the men’s 4×100 freestyle final 3: 09.34, the Australians second and the Italians third.
The Australian women won their 4×100 freestyle final by a margin of 1.20 over the Canadians and 1.63 over the Americans.
Molly O’Callaghan, Madison Wilson, Meg Harris and Shina Jack all reached the fastest 3: 30.95.
“Everyone worked for her,” Wilson said.
Australia’s Elijah Winnington won the first gold in the men’s 400m final, beating Lucas Martens of Germany to return home. Winnington 3 minutes, 41.22 seconds, personal best and third fastest time in the world.
“I tried to stay in touch with the Australian guy, but in the end he swam,” Martens said, trailing 1.63 seconds.
Guilherme Costa of Brazil finished third.
None of the medal winners have competed in the men’s 400 since 2019. Sun Yang of China was banned for doping violation, while McHorton of Australia – 2016 Olympic champion – failed to qualify with 0.10 seconds and Gabriel Detti did not enter.
Leon Marchand won gold for France with a dominant performance in the men’s 400 medley. The 20-year-old Marchand set a European record of 4: 04.28 and was the second fastest after Michael Phelps’ record of 4: 03.84 from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Americans Carson Foster, Chase Kallis won silver and bronze.
Callisz, who previously won gold when he hosted the Budapest Worlds in 2017, said, “I really thought I was done and could not be bothered with this bronze.
In the men’s 50 butterfly semifinals, Benjamin Proud Dressel of Britain and Thomas Secon of Italy clocked 0.03 seconds faster. Sunday final.
Tori Huskie of the United States played the fastest in the women’s 100 butterfly semifinals, and Alex Walsh topped the women’s 200 medley semifinals 1-2 with Leah Hayes and Kylie McKeen of Australia and Mary-Sophie Harvey of Canada.
There were huge cheers for the Hungarian swimmers from the crowd at the Duna Arena. The sports governing body FINA has appealed to fans to clap rather than applaud as a precaution against coronavirus infections. No other requests or restrictions.
Budapest has stepped in to host the event after it was twice postponed from its original dates in Fukuoka, Japan due to the conflict with the Tokyo Olympics last year.