Gold Coast: Katie Ledecky smashed another world record at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia on Saturday.
American wonder teen Ledecky set the first world record of the Gold Coast meet, shaving almost half a second off the 400-metres freestyle mark she set at this month’s US Championships. The 17-year-old schoolgirl clocked three minutes 58.37 seconds to eclipse her previous mark by 0.49sec.
“It’s a great feeling. It never really gets old,” Ledecky said of her latest world record-breaking swim. “I knew I could be right where I was at nationals, or slightly better. I’m really pleased with that.” It was Ledecky’s fourth gold medal of the championship.
Michael Phelps claimed his first individual gold medal post-retirement at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia on Saturday.
This was Olympic legend Phelps’s second win but his first individual gold in taking out the 100m butterfly from rival teammate Ryan Lochte.
Phelps, 29, who was a member of the USA's winning 4x200m freestyle relay on Friday, shaded Lochte by 0.38sec in winning the butterfly event in 51.29 adding to his haul of international titles just four months into his comeback.