Matt Grevers

Katie Ledecky wins her third gold at swimming world championships

Katie Ledecky wins her third gold at swimming world championships

Katie Ledecky breezed to her third gold medal of the world championships, backing off a bit on her most grueling night of the meet.

It was left to Lilly King, Kylie Masse and Adam Peaty to take down the swimming record book — and King to claim another impressive triumph over her Russian rival.

Ledecky captured the 1,500-meter freestyle by more than half the length of the pool on Tuesday, and returned just 49 minutes later to post the fastest time in the semifinals of the 200 free.

Long or short, it doesn't seem to matter to the American star.

“It's hard the other 364 days of the year,” Ledecky said, barely breathing hard. “It's putting the work in for practice,...

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