Katie Ledecky claimed her 19th FINA World Championships gold medal with her triumph in the 800m freestyle event in Budapest on Friday.

She created a record by winning this event for the fifth time at the Worlds. She had previously won this event in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019.

The 25-year-old clocked a timing of 08:08.04. Kiah Melverton of Australia won the silver medal while Italy's Simona Quadarella took the bronze.

Ledecky has most gold medals by a female swimmer in World Championships, only Michael Phelps has more, 26.

The American won gold in all the four events she competed at the World Championships this year including the 400m, 800m, 1500m freestyle and the 4x200m freestyle relay.

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She completed the 400/800/1,500 triple for the fourth time at a single worlds, more than all the other swimmers who managed the feat combined. Germany's Hannah Stockbauer, Australia's Grant Hackett and China's Sun Yang each managed it only once.

“I’m happy with that,” she said. “Fastest I’ve been in a couple of years. So really good end to a great week.”

“This is just the start, which is tremendously exciting for me,” said Ledecky, who added changes to her approach are paying off.

“There have been a couple of things that are a little different – training with the men, Bobby (Finke) and Kieran (Smith) and Trey (Freeman), who are all here, to try to keep up as much as I can and they push me," Ledecky said. "I hope that they feel that they’ve benefited from me being there, and just a lot of work on my stroke and and my rhythm.”

( with inputs from AP)