Seven-time Olympic champion, US swimmer Katie Ledecky broke the world record in the World Aquatics Championship in Japan, surpassing Michael Phelps' record of holding maximum individual titles.
At World's Aquatic Championship 2023 held in Japan, US champion Katie Ledecky scripted history by shattering the world record for most individual titles. Ledecky's feat is also special considering it breaks legendary swimmer Michael Phelps' undefeated streak of maximum titles.
Katie Ledecky Breaks World Record
Ledecky clinched her 16th world title as she won 800m freestyle in an impressive time record of 8:08.87 at the World Aquatic Championship held in Fukuoka, Japan.
Ledecky's win marked another historic occasion as she became the first swimmer to secure the sixth consecutive victory which is the longest streak in the history of the championship. Ledecky had tied with Phelps' record earlier this week when she secured her fifth win in 1500 meters freestyle.
The 26-year-old swimmer acknowledged the significance and magnanimity of breaking Phelps' record and said "It's an honour to even be in the same sentence."
As Ledecky outperformed the silver medalist China's Li Bingjie by 4.5 seconds and Australia's Ariarne Titmus who secured third place, she gave credit to her fellow competitors for pushing her to excel. "I know I have to bring my best every single time because I get to compete with outstanding swimmers. "
She bagged her first gold in the 800-meter freestyle at the 2012 Olympics held in 2012 at the early age of 15. The record-holding swimmer also talked about how the 800-meter race holds a special space in her heart as she has worked hardest on the race throughout her career. Ledecky is one of the most embellished female swimmers of all time with an impressive seven Olympic wins and 16 individual world titles.
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