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Ledecky wins record sixth women’s 800m freestyle world title

American great Katie Ledecky became the first swimmer ever to win six world titles in one event when she claimed gold in the 800m freestyle on Saturday.

Ledecky came home in 8min, 08.87sec to win ahead of China’s Li Bingjie on 8:13.31 and Australia’s Ariarne Titmus on 8:13.59.

Ledecky said she had “never dreamed of even coming to meets like this” when she started her career.

“To be here and to have been to a bunch of world championships now, it’s amazing,” she said.

“I’m loving every second, just trying to enjoy each moment.

“Now I’m done and I can enjoy a little bit with my family and friends.”

It was Ledecky’s second gold of this year’s world championships in Fukuoka, after she retained her 1,500m freestyle title earlier in the week.

Her latest triumph gives her a career haul of 21 world championship golds, extending her record as the most decorated woman in the history of the competition.

She also surpassed fellow American great Michael Phelps by claiming her 16th individual world title.

“There are some really great competitors there in all my events,” Ledecky said.

“Kudos to them for pushing them all the way, pushing me each day in practice.

“It’s always a battle, it’s always a great race — I know I have to bring my best every single time,” she added.

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