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Swimmer Katie Ledecky lowers her world record in the 800-meter freestyle

Swimmer Katie Ledecky lowers her world record in the 800-meter freestyle

Katie Ledecky broke her own world record in the women's 800-meter freestyle Sunday night, finishing in 8 minutes 6.68 seconds in the Arena Pro Swim Series at Austin, Texas. The 18-year-old American smashed her mark of 8:07.39 set at the 2015 world championships in Russia.

Ledecky's record came shortly after Michael Phelps beat longtime rival Ryan Lochte in the 200 individual medley, overtaking his Olympic teammate in the final 10 meters of the closing freestyle leg to win in 1:58.00. Lochte was second at 1:58.43.

It was the fourth time the 18-year-old — who doesn't even have a driver's license yet — has broken the record since 2013, and she crushed her previous...

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