SWIMMING: Meilutyte Breaks Hours-Old Record in 50 Breast; Ledecky Wins 4th Gold, Set Another WR

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Katie Ledecky capped a brilliant world swimming championships with her fourth gold medal and second world record Saturday.

The 16-year-old American turned it on over the final laps to win the 800-meter freestyle in 8 minutes, 13.86 seconds. She powered to the wall like it was a sprint, not the last of 16 laps.

Lotte Friis of Denmark set the early pace but simply couldn't keep up when Ledecky turned it on, a repeat of their race in the 1,500 where the teenager broke the previous record by more than 6 seconds.

This time, Ledecky took down the mark of 8:14.10 set by Britain's Rebecca Adlington at the 2008 Olympics. Friis settled for another silver, and New Zealand's Lauren Boyle claimed the bronze - the same order as in the 1,500.

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania has broken a record that was set only hours earlier in the women's 50-meter breaststroke at the world swimming championships.

In the second semifinal heat, Meilutyte touched in 29.48 seconds, beating the record set in the morning preliminaries by Russia's Yuliya Efimova.

Efimova was swimming the same heat as the 16-year-old and touched second in 29.88, just off the mark of 29.78 she held for not even a day. She had broken the previous record set by American Jessica Hardy in 2009 at the height of the rubberized suit era, 29.80.

The 50 breaststroke is not an Olympic event.

It was the second world record for Meilutyte at these championships. She also set one in the semifinals of the 100 breast.

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