Ledecky wins historic 12th world champs gold

Ledecky of the United States made history on Tuesday by becoming the first woman to win 12 world swimming championship gold medals with victory in the 1500m freestyle.

Katie Ledecky of the United States celebrates after winning the gold medal during the Women's 1500m Freestyle final on day twelve of the Budapest 2017 FINA World Championships on Tuesday.   -  Getty Images

Ledecky of the United States made history on Tuesday by becoming the first woman to win 12 world swimming championship gold medals with victory in the 1500m freestyle.

Ledecky, 20, clocked 15 minutes, 31.82 seconds with Spain's Mireia Belmonte taking silver at a huge 19.07secs back, while Italy's Simona Quadarella earned bronze at 22.04.

Ledecky now has 12 gold medals from world championships making her the most decorated female as she passed Missy Franklin of the USA, who has 11 worlds gold medals.

This was Ledecky's third gold of these championships -- from a possible six she could finish with -- and she led from the start.

Sun Yang wins 200m freestyle gold

Chinese superstar Sun Yang won the men's 200m freestyle gold at the world aquatics championships on Tuesday to add to his Olympic title in the same event.

Sun touched the wall first in one minute 44.39 seconds with Townley Haas of the United States taking silver, at 0.65sec back, while Russia's Aleksandr Krasnykh earned bronze at 0.84.

"I paid attention to detail and followed the instructions of my coach," said Sun, who punched the water in triumph after his victory. This was Sun's second gold of these championships after his victory in the 400m freestyle final on Sunday.

He will bid for the treble in Wednesday's 800m freestyle final — the event he has dominated for the last three world championships since 2011 in Shanghai.

Sun timed his 200m race to perfection. He was fourth at the halfway point, but had caught leader and defending champion James Guy of Great Britain, who finished fifth, by the final turn and powered home to victory.

His win means the 25-year-old Sun is now the 200m freestyle champion at both the worlds and Olympics, after his victory at the Rio de Janeiro Games last year.

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